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Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances; Stravinsky: Symphony in Three Movements / Gergiev

Album Summary

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Symphonic Dances, Op. 45
>Stravinsky, Igor : Symphony in Three Movements
Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Following his acclaimed LSO Live recording of Rachmaninov's Symphony No 2 (a Gramophone Editor's Choice), Valery Gergiev offers an equally thrilling performance of the composer's Symphonic Dances. The Symphonic Dances, an orchestral suite in three sections, was the last work Rachmaninov completed, and proved one of his most popular compositions. It is characteristically lyrical with vivacious rhythmic sections, reminiscent of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring and the composer's own Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. Gergiev couples the Symphonic Dances with another work in three movements by a Russian émigré to the USA. Stravinsky's Symphony in Three Movements was written between 1942-45 and was the first work the Stravinsky completed after his arrival in America

"If the unusual coupling appeals, there is much to enjoy here, not least an orchestra that is at the very top of its game under its charismatic conductor. " -International Record Review

The Arts Desk
Gergiev's reading is a satisfying one and the LSO are on superlative form... Punchy, powerful stuff, in close-up, vivid sound.

Gramophone Magazine
[Gergiev] elicits a fair amount of instrumental detail from Rachmaninov's luminous scoring [in the Symphonic Dances] but it is at the cost of cohesive overall structure...[the Symphony in Three Movements] is a big-boned performance, its syncopations crisply articulated by the LSO, its powerful rhythmic impetus kept on a tight rein, its palette of timbres well delineated.

BBC Music Magazine
These are thoughtful, well-considered performances, excellently played and recorded...Gergiev's rather deliberate tempo in the first movement of the Rachmaninov seems to stress the 'symphonic', rather than the 'dance' aspect of this work...Much the same might be said of the Stravinsky: overall the emotional temperature seems a bit low, despite some highly exciting passages and refined solo playing in the more lyrical moments.

Classical Music
Gergiev gives us a bold, exciting account of Stravinsky's wartime cracker: wild and rough at the edges in the outer movements; unsentimental, even brusque in the 'soft centre'.

American Record Guide, November/December 2012
All in all, this new release is highly recommendable for its fantastic playing and sound. For the Rachmaninoff alone, it is worth the purchase price, and we can hope the LSO plans to release more recordings of his symphonies and tone poems.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Barbican, London (05/07/2009-05/08/2009).



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Works Details

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Symphonic Dances, Op. 45
  • Conductor: Valery Gergiev
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Barbican, London (05/07/2009-05/08/2009)
  • Running Time: 35 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1940
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Stravinsky, Igor : Symphony in Three Movements
  • Conductor: Valery Gergiev
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Barbican, London (05/07/2009-05/08/2009)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1945
  • Studio/Live: Live