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Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 1; Balakirev: Tamara / Valery Gergiev, London SO

Album Summary

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Symphony no 1 in D minor, Op. 13 (lost; reconstructed from piano duets and orch. fragments)
>Balakirev, Mily : Tamara, symphonic poem
Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

This new release in the LSO Live cycle of Rachmaninov's complete symphonies features his Symphony No. 1. The piece was composed in 1895 at his Ivanovka estate in Tambov, Russia. The premiere was a disaster due to poor conductor performance and under-rehearsal, but the score was rediscovered after the composer's death and has since been frequently performed. English composer and professor Robert Simpson calls the First Symphony "a powerful work in its own right... convinced, individual, finely constructed, and achieving a genuinely tragic and heroic expression." Valery Gergiev is able to shine with this work, displaying his impeccable transparent interpretation. Also included on this release is Balakirev's Tamara. A member of Russia's "Mighty Handful," this work is considered by most scholars to be Balakirev's best work. The score drips with exotic and oriental influences, which were popular in nineteenth century Russia. This concert received extraordinary reviews: "Full blooded and engrossing... the performance revealed the genius of this strange, haunted piece." (The Telegraph) "This is music Gergiev clearly believes in and that translated itself to his players... Here was Gergiev at his best." (Bachtrack)

Gramophone Magazine, September 2016
This release completes a superb Rachmaninov symphony cycle... it's a taut, gripping account, Gergiev often pushing the accelerator harder than Mariss Jansons and Mikhail Pletnev... Balakirev in oriental style is always fun and this is a welcome, if bruising encounter.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Barbican, London (02/19/2015).



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>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Symphony no 1 in D minor, Op. 13 (lost; reconstructed from piano duets and orch. fragments)
  • Conductor: Valery Gergiev
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1895.
  • Running Time: 41 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1895
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Balakirev, Mily : Tamara, symphonic poem
  • Conductor: Valery Gergiev
  • Running Time: 19 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1867-1882
  • Studio/Live: Live