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Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 1; Prince Rotislav / Royal Liverpool PO, Petrenko

Album Summary

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Prince Rostislav, symphonic poem for orchestra, TN ii/44
>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Symphony no 1 in D minor, Op. 13 (lost; reconstructed from piano duets and orch. fragments)
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

  • The final release in Vasily Petrenko's Rachmaninov symphony cycle
  • This live recording includes a rarity among Rachmaninov recordings, the symphonic poem 'Prince Rostislav'
  • Mr. Petrenko is the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic's music director and principal conductor

BBC Music Magazine, January 2014
There is far more to this performance than high-voltage aggression, for Petrenko's fluid interpretation perfectly encapsulates the romantic yearning and exoticism of the second idea in the first movement...The RLPO confirms its position as one of Europe's finest orchestras with playing of great warmth and stunning virtuosity.

Financial Times, 2nd November 2013
By treating its melodies with the freedom and flexibility they need, Petrenko and his orchestra tune into its emotional pulse: this is a thrilling performance of an underestimated symphony.

Gramophone Magazine, January 2014
[A] characteristically articulate and highly charged account of the epic First, magnificently played by an orchestra currently at the very top of its game...undeniably strong temperament, architectural grip and considerable clout.

MusicWeb International, 28th October 2013
Petrenko veers towards the Ashkenazy end of the dramatic spectrum, with a big, brawny start that's certainly arresting. Trouble is, that's pretty much where it stays thereafter.

Sunday Times, 24th November 2013
Petrenko's tempo [in the first movement] is perhaps a shade faster than Rachmaninov envisaged, but it gives the movement a momentum that never lets up. The RLPO's playing is world-class here and in the succeeding movements, where Petrenko coaxes sounds of the utmost transparency in the scherzo...Unmissable.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Liverpool Philharmonic Hall (2013-04-10_2013-04-11&2013-).



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>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Prince Rostislav, symphonic poem for orchestra, TN ii/44
  • Conductor: Vasily Petrenko
  • Ensemble: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 15 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1891

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Symphony no 1 in D minor, Op. 13 (lost; reconstructed from piano duets and orch. fragments)
  • Conductor: Vasily Petrenko
  • Ensemble: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Liverpool Philharmonic Hall (04/10/2013-04/11/2013)
  • Running Time: 43 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1895
  • Studio/Live: Live