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Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 3; Caprice Bohemien / Vasily Petrenko, RLPO

Audio Samples

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Caprice bohemien (Capriccio on Gypsy Themes), for orchestra in E minor/E major, Op. 12
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Songs (14), Op. 34
>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 : Songs (14), Op. 34
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Symphony no 3 in A minor, Op. 44
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"In the Third Symphony, which finds Rachmaninov wistfully recalling the Russia he left after the October Revolution, Petrenko and the RLPO also identify the zest, the orchestral lucidity and the rhythmic thrust that marked the composer’s later years. An exhilarating performance." -The Daily Telegraph

"Perhaps the most impressive feature of this new recording is the quicksilver dynamic fluidity of the orchestra - they are able to move from the boldest of fortissimos to the most tender of pianissimos in a heartbeat. There is an overwhelming sense that the musicians are moving as one with the same telepathic unity of a murmuring of starlings. It is mesmerising....This music - and these recordings - will last for a very long time." -Classic FM

Caprice Bohemien is one of Rachmaninov's earlier works, composed just before his Frist Symphony, and is a colorful fantasy on a gypsy theme, Much of the inspiration came from the composer's one act opera Alchko, based on the Gypsies by Pushkin. Although rachmaninov had not lived in Russia for a while, the Symphony No. 3 is the most expressively Russian of his symphonies even though he wrote it at his house on Lake Lucerne; in fact his outlook remained quintessentially Russian wherever he was living.

"The RLPO strings sound leaner, perhaps, than those of Stokowski’s Philadelphia Orchestra, which inspired the composer, but they have never seemed more sumptuous than in the long melodies of the central adagio, and their brilliant articulation of virtuoso allegro passages at Petrenko’s fast tempi brings exhilarating dividends. In this magnificently played account, the stature of the music is never in doubt." -The Sunday Times

"The RLPO play magnificently...There is surging energy here allied to lucidity of orchestration and rhythmic impetus, together with that infallible sense of instrumental timbre that Rachmaninov possessed. The lyrical elements...are conveyed with heartfelt affection without resorting to any heart-on-sleeve excess." -Gramophone

American Record Guide, July / August 2012
The Vocalise is beautifully played, far too enriched by inner harmonies and instrumental colors (just listen to the muted French horns doubling the solo cello) to call it "matter of fact".

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool (2009-09-23&2010-07-07_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: Vasily Petrenko
  • Ensemble: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool (2009-09-23&2010-07-07_2010-)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Songs (14), Op. 34
  • Conductor: Vasily Petrenko
  • Notes: Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool (2009-09-23&2010-07-07_2010-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Symphony no 3 in A minor, Op. 44
  • Conductor: Vasily Petrenko
  • Notes: Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool (2009-09-23&2010-07-07_2010-)
  • Running Time: 40 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1935-1936