Rachmaninov: Symphony No 1
Catalogue Number LSO0784
James Mallinson producer
Jonathan Stokes and Neil Hutchinson for Classic Sound Ltd sound engineers
Recorded February 2015, Barbican, London
DSD (Direct Stream Digital) recording
Notes in English / en français / auf Deutsch
****½ Performance **** Sonics (Multichannel) ‘With the LSO in top form Gergiev's powerful and committed interpretation impresses from the outset… (Balakirev Tamara) Gergiev gives a fine account of the work, establishing plenty of brooding atmosphere at the start and building to a thrilling climax thanks to the virtuosic playing of the LSO…This disc is a worthy successor to the conductor's previous Rachmaninov recordings and admirers of those need not hesitate to add this one to their libraries’ HR Audio.net
Performance: **** Recording: **** “The LSO plays, as always, splendidly for Valery Gergiev. The general excellence and detail of their performance is remarkable” BBC Music Magazine
‘Full blooded and engrossing… the performance revealed the genius of this strange, haunted piece [Rachmaninov Symphony No 1].’
‘Rachmaninov surely dreamt of a performance such as this. [Balakirev’s Tamara] deserves more exposure.’
Seen and Heard International
‘This music [Rachmaninov] would appear to form part of Gergiev’s cardiovascular system, the LSO playing throughout at its considerable best. [Balakirev’s Tamara] drew from Gergiev and the LSO a performance of distinction.’
‘This is music Gergiev clearly believes in and that translated itself to his players…Here was Gergiev at his best.’
'Again, Gergiev returns to the luxuriant character of the score. The characterisation of intention are unparalleled in discography'
Valery Gergiev, London Symphony Orchestra
Rachmaninov’s First Symphony has a somewhat checkered history, in no small part due to a quite possibly drunk Glazunov conducting the first performance. Despite any initial unwelcome, it is now seen as a vibrant depiction of Russian civilisation and culture, recognised for its fluid, longing and expressive features. The English composer and academic Robert Simpson calling it ‘a powerful work in its own right…convinced, individual, finely constructed, and achieving a genuinely tragic and heroic expression’.
Balakirev was a member of Russia’s ‘Mighty Handful’, and Tamara is widely considered his greatest work. Described by The Telegraph as ‘a musical dream’ it is a sensuous and melodic work influenced by exotic and oriental culture, popular in the music of nineteenth century Russia.
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2. Symphony No 1 in D minor, Op 13: ii. Allegro animato
3. Symphony No 1 in D minor, Op 13: iii. Larghetto
4. Symphony No 1 in D minor, Op 13: iv. Allegro con fuoco