Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances
Catalogue Number LSO0688
James Mallinson producer
Jonathan Stokes and Neil Hutchinson for Classic Sound Ltd balance engineers
Recorded May 2009, Barbican, London
DSD (Direct Stream Digital) recording
Notes in English / en français / auf Deutsch
***** 'Valery Gergiev is one of the most exciting conductors recording today. His previous Rachmaninoff Second Symphony for LSO Live was a knockout, and both of these symphonic works will likely take first place of multichannel options.'
‘How beautifully blended and responsive [the LSO] are under Gergiev's direction … 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
'Both pieces are well suited to Valery Gergiev's interpretive talents, and with the LSO on blistering form those reasons alone should make these accounts ones to be reckoned with.'
Valery Gergiev, London Symphony Orchestra
The Symphonic Dances, an orchestral suite in three sections, was the last work Rachmaninoff completed and proved one of his most popular compositions. Although rarely sentimental, it draws on many of the composer’s reminiscences of Russia, from where he emigrated in 1917. 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 Stravinsky completed after his arrival in the USA. Although he claimed it was a ‘War Symphony’, his true inspiration was typically vague.
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2. Symphonic Dances: II. Andante con moto (Tempo di valse)
3. Symphonic Dances: III. Lento assai – Allegro vivace – Lento assai. Come prima – Allegro vivace
4. Symphony in Three Movements: I. Crotchet = 160
5. Symphony in Three Movements: II. Andante – Più mosso – Tempo I
6. Symphony in Three Movements: III. Con moto – Più presto – Meno mosso (Con moto)