Sergei Rachmaninoff

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Sergei Rachmaninoff

  • Disc number in the directory: MEL CD 1002090
  • Recorded: 1965 - 1989
  • Release: 2013

Firma Melodiya presents a set of orchestral and vocal/symphonic compositions by Sergei Rachmaninoff. Rachmaninoff was a recognized author of piano music already in his lifetime. His works in other genres may not be as popular, but as a symphonist Rachmaninoff ranks as one of the greatest Russian composers. His symphonies and single-movement orchestral compositions which inherited Tchaikovsky's elevated emotional vigour and conflicting dramatic qualities, combined the achievements of different branches of Russian music, including Borodin's and Glazunov's epic power, Rimsky-Korsakov's colourful orchestration, Taneyev polyphonic prowess and Balakirev's oriental passion. Rachmaninoff did not part with the symphonic genre all his life. He composed his initial works such as The Rock and Caprice bohémien were composed in the early 1890s soon after his graduation from the Moscow Conservatory, while Symphony No. 3 and Symphonic Dances concluded his last, American period. Rachmaninoff's contribution to vocal and choral music, both sacred and secular, is as essential. His three cantatas composed in different years also reflect the composer's creative evolution – Spring full of a happy feeling of rejuvenation, gloomy and pessimistic The Bells and nostalgic Three Russian Songs. Rachmaninoff's symphonic works and cantatas are performed by the USSR State Orchestra conducted by Evgeni Svetlanov, one of the best interpreters of Rachmaninoff's music, and the Academic Symphony Orchestra of the Moscow Philharmonic Society led by People's Artist of the USSR Dmitri Kitayenko.

Track list

  • 1 Symphony No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 13: 1. Grave - Allegro non troppo 
    Yevgeny Svetlanov, Evgeny Svetlanov, USSR State Academic Symphony Orchestra (Sergei Rachmaninoff)
    14:21
  • 2 Symphony No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 13: 2. Allegro animato 
    Yevgeny Svetlanov, Evgeny Svetlanov, USSR State Academic Symphony Orchestra (Sergei Rachmaninoff)
    08:22
  • 3 Symphony No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 13: 3. Larghetto 
    Yevgeny Svetlanov, Evgeny Svetlanov, USSR State Academic Symphony Orchestra (Sergei Rachmaninoff)
    12:21
  • 4 Symphony No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 13: 4. Allegro con fuoco 
    Yevgeny Svetlanov, Evgeny Svetlanov, USSR State Academic Symphony Orchestra (Sergei Rachmaninoff)
    12:32
  • 5 Symphony No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 27: 1. Largo - Allegro moderato (Live) 
    Yevgeny Svetlanov, Evgeny Svetlanov, USSR State Academic Symphony Orchestra (Sergei Rachmaninoff)
    17:52
  • 6 Symphony No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 27: 2. Allegro molto (Live) 
    Yevgeny Svetlanov, Evgeny Svetlanov, USSR State Academic Symphony Orchestra (Sergei Rachmaninoff)
    07:07
  • 7 Symphony No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 27: 3. Adagio ma non troppo (Live) 
    Yevgeny Svetlanov, Evgeny Svetlanov, USSR State Academic Symphony Orchestra (Sergei Rachmaninoff)
    15:07
  • 8 Symphony No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 27: 4. Allegro vivace (Live) 
    Yevgeny Svetlanov, Evgeny Svetlanov, USSR State Academic Symphony Orchestra (Sergei Rachmaninoff)
    10:58
  • 9 Symphony No. 3 in A Minor, Op. 44: 1. Lento 
    Yevgeny Svetlanov, Evgeny Svetlanov, USSR State Academic Symphony Orchestra (Sergei Rachmaninoff)
    13:39
  • 10 Symphony No. 3 in A Minor, Op. 44: 2. Adagio ma non troppo 
    Yevgeny Svetlanov, Evgeny Svetlanov, USSR State Academic Symphony Orchestra (Sergei Rachmaninoff)
    12:32
  • 11 Symphony No. 3 in A Minor, Op. 44: 3. Allegro 
    Yevgeny Svetlanov, Evgeny Svetlanov, USSR State Academic Symphony Orchestra (Sergei Rachmaninoff)
    12:06
  • 12 Symphonic Dances for Orchestra, Op. 45: I. Non allegro 
    Yevgeny Svetlanov, Evgeny Svetlanov, USSR State Academic Symphony Orchestra (Sergei Rachmaninoff)
    12:37
  • 13 Symphonic Dances for Orchestra, Op. 45: II. Andante con moto - Tempo di valse 
    Yevgeny Svetlanov, Evgeny Svetlanov, USSR State Academic Symphony Orchestra (Sergei Rachmaninoff)
    10:33
  • 14 Symphonic Dances for Orchestra, Op. 45: III. Lento assai  
    Yevgeny Svetlanov, Evgeny Svetlanov, USSR State Academic Symphony Orchestra (Sergei Rachmaninoff)
    13:53
  • 15 The Rock, а Fantasy for Orchestra in E Major, Op. 7 
    Yevgeny Svetlanov, Evgeny Svetlanov, USSR State Academic Symphony Orchestra (Sergei Rachmaninoff)
    15:12
  • 16 Capriccio on Gypsy Themes for Orchestra, Op.12 
    Yevgeny Svetlanov, Evgeny Svetlanov, USSR State Academic Symphony Orchestra (Sergei Rachmaninoff)
    17:09
  • 17 Spring, Cantata for Baritone Solo, Mixed Chorus and Orchestra, Op. 20 
    Symphony Orchestra of Moscow State Philharmonic Society, State Republican Academic Russian Choir Named After A. Yurlov
  • 18 Bells, a Poem for Orchestra, Chorus and Soloists, Op. 35: 1. Allegro ma non tanto 
    Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Dmitri Kitayenko, Yuri Mazurok, Evgeny Svetlanov, USSR State Academic Symphony Orchestra, State Republican Academic Russian Choir Named After A. Yurlov (Sergei Rachmaninoff)
    16:46
  • 19 Bells, a Poem for Orchestra, Chorus and Soloists, Op. 35: 2. Lento 
    Yevgeny Svetlanov, Evgeny Svetlanov, USSR State Academic Symphony Orchestra, State Republican Academic Russian Choir Named After A. Yurlov (Sergei Rachmaninoff)
    06:47
  • 20 Bells, a Poem for Orchestra, Chorus and Soloists, Op. 35: 3. Presto 
    Yevgeny Svetlanov, Evgeny Svetlanov, USSR State Academic Symphony Orchestra, State Republican Academic Russian Choir Named After A. Yurlov (Sergei Rachmaninoff)
    13:13
  • 21 Колокола, поэма для оркестра, хора и солистов, соч. 35: 3. Presto 
    Yevgeny Svetlanov, Госоркестр СССР, Академическая республиканская русская хоровая капелла им. А. Юрлова (Sergei Rachmaninoff)
    08:48

  • Total time: 298:49