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Rachmaninov: Symphony No 3 [download]

  • Catalogue Number LSO0779
    UPC 822231177920

    James Mallinson producer
    Jonathan Stokes for Classic Sound Ltd
    engineering, mixing & mastering

    FLAC - 24bit 96kHz
    MP3 - 320kbps

    Recorded live in DSD 128fs at the Barbican, London, November 2014

    Notes in English / en français / auf Deutsch

  • **** ‘Fine performances… [Gergiev’s] readings have great zest and vitality.’

    'A five star performance from Gergiev and the London Symphony Orchestra.’
    Classic FM Full Works Concert

    ‘This spacious, beautifully detailed account of Rachmaninov’s Third Symphony and the Balakirev were recorded live during Gergiev’s Rachmaninov retrospective in November last year. The band is on its best form, the playing imbued with affection and nostalgia as well as verve and drive.’
    The Sunday Times

    ‘You could hear Valery Gergiev’s commitment as he conducted the London Symphony Orchestra in that fiery performance (Rachmaninov Symphony No 3).’
    BBC Radio 3 CD Review

    *** ‘Bringing some of that native flare to this new recording, Gergiev and the LSO make a good case for Rachmaninov’s capricious Third Symphony and Balakirev’s more feral celebration of his homeland.’

    Concert reviews

    ‘Under Gergiev’s burning gaze, the LSO carved out a searing Rachmaninov Third Symphony that almost left scorch marks on the Barbican Hall’s wood panelling.’
    Bach Track

    ‘Gergiev is at his best in Russian repertoire and chose to open the programme with Russia, Balakirev’s second “Overture on three Russian Themes”… Gergiev, a rugged Russian bear himself, ensured Balakirev’s music danced.’
    Bach Track

    ‘For the Third Symphony to make its true impact, it needs a reading of great penetration and depth, which is precisely what it obtained on this occasion. This was Gergiev and the LSO at their finest.’
    Classical Source


Valery Gergiev, 
London Symphony Orchestra

Following acclaimed LSO Live recordings of Rachmaninov’s Symphony No 2 and Symphonic Dances, Valery Gergiev conducts a scintillating account of the powerfully emotional Third Symphony, framed with a work by one of the Mighty Five; Balakirev’s Russia

Rachmaninov’s third and final symphony was composed nearly 20 years after the composer’s emigration from his homeland. Often considered to be his most overtly Russian symphony, Rachmaninov makes subtle use of a motto theme which appears throughout the work and can be heard in the finale as a variant of the Dies Irae plainchant – a melodic tag used in Rachmaninov’s music as a dark reminder of mortality. 

Russia, the epic symphonic poem, is a reworking of an Overture on Russian Themes, collected during Balakirev’s expedition up through the Volga. It was composed in 1864 and is based on three folksongs – a slow wedding song and two round-dances which are varied, fragmented and combined throughout the piece. 

Composers   Rachmaninov, Balakirev
Conductor   Valery Gergiev
Performers   London Symphony Orchestra

Track list
1. Symphony No 3 I. Lento – Allegro moderato – Allegro
2. Symphony No 3 II. Adagio ma non troppo – Allegro vivace
3. Symphony No 3 III. Allegro – Allegro vivace – Allegro (Tempo primo) – Allegretto – Allegro vivace
4. Russia 

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