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Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 3; Prince Rostislav; Caprice Bohémien / Noseda

Audio Samples

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Caprice bohemien (Capriccio on Gypsy Themes), for orchestra in E minor/E major, Op. 12
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Prince Rostislav
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Symphony no 3 in A minor, Op. 44

Album Summary

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Caprice bohemien (Capriccio on Gypsy Themes), for orchestra in E minor/E major, Op. 12
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Prince Rostislav
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Symphony no 3 in A minor, Op. 44
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Chandos presents the sixth and final volume in their highly acclaimed Rachmaninoff series, performed by the BBC Philharmonic under Gianandrea Noseda. Of Symphony No. 1 on a previous volume in this series (CHAN 10475), BBC Music magazine said: 'Noseda and the BBC Philharmonic have the work's measure and their performance has a full-blooded intensity and fire.' The series has been well received by the public and reviewers alike, and many of the recorded works will be performed by Noseda and the BBC Philharmonic at this year's Proms. Symphony No. 3 is the most expressively Russian of all Rachmaninoff's symphonies, particularly in the dance rhythms of the energetic finale. Rarely recorded and performed today, the symphonic poem Prince Rostislav is one of Rachmaninoff's earliest surviving compositions for orchestra. Based on a short ballad by Alexey Tolstoy, the highly atmospheric and evocative music speaks of the ill-fated Prince of Kiev who was tragically drowned in the Ukrainian river Dniepr. Equally unfamiliar is Capriccio bohémien, the colourful fantasy by Rachmaninoff on a gypsy theme, which takes much of its inspiration from one of the composer's other works, the opera Aleko, based on Pushkin's The Gypsies. About the conductor: Born in Milan, Gianandrea Noseda appears all over the world with orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Boston Symphony , the London Symphony Orchestra, the Oslo Philharmonic, the NHK Symphony Orchestra in Japan, and the Israel Philharmonic. In Italy, he regularly conducts the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, the Filarmonica della Scala and Santa Cecilia Orchestras. Gianandrea Noseda's intense collaboration with the BBC Philharmonic includes studio recordings, subscription concerts at the Bridgewater Hall, the annual appearance at the Proms in London and an extensive touring activity in Italy, Czech Republic, Spain, Austria, Germany and Japan.

"The chief reason for investing in this disc would be the fine, lucid, characterful performance of Rachmaninoff’s Third Symphony. But Noseda devotes as much care and attention to Prince Rostislav and the Caprice bohémien...they harbour music of atmosphere and creative imagination that Noseda and the orchestra tap purposefully." -The Daily Telegraph

"Both [shorter] works receive finely detailed, crisp performances from the BBC Philharmonic, but nevertheless it's Noseda's superb account of Rachmaninov's Third Symphony that takes pride of place here – wonderfully restrained, almost haunted in its opening movement; quietly nostalgic in its central Adagio; and almost neurotically hyperactive in its finale." -The Guardian

"Noseda's unexpected and very welcome use of rubato reveals the drama of the opening exposition, making the music sound purposeful rather than a Hollywood-style wallow." -BBC Music

"Their instinctive phrasing, ability to build and release tension, and strong dynamic contrasts manage to capture Rachmaninov's evocative scores without over-egging them, all with a satisfying orchestral balance...this disc is worth buying for its dramatic, nuanced interpretation of the rarely-record[ed] Prince Rostislav alone." -Classic FM

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester (11/01/2010/11/03/2010).



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Works Details

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Caprice bohémien (Capriccio on Gypsy Themes), for orchestra in E minor/E major, Op. 12
  • Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda
  • Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic
  • Notes: Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester (11/01/2010/11/03/2010)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Prince Rostislav
  • Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda
  • Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic
  • Notes: Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester (11/01/2010/11/03/2010)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1891

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Symphony no 3 in A minor, Op. 44
  • Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda
  • Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic
  • Notes: Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester (11/01/2010/11/03/2010)
  • Running Time: 40 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1935-1936