Rachmaninov - Symphony no.1
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Label: LSO Live
Cat No: LSO0784
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 9th September 2016
ArtistsLondon Symphony Orchestra
account of the great clarinet solo is beautifully accompanied, a real heart-stopper."
Symphony No 3, coupled with Balakirevís Russia, was also well-reviewed by critics and received featured airplay on BBC Radio 3 along with 5* reviews from both BBC Music Magazine and Classic FM. Completing the cycle, Gergiev conducts Symphony No 1, coupled with another Russian masterpiece, Balakirevís 'Tamara'.
Rachmaninovís First Symphony has a somewhat chequered history, in no small part due to a, quite possibly, drunk Glazunov conducting the first performance. However, it is now seen as a vibrant depiction of Russian civilisation and culture, recognised for its fluid longing and expressive features.
Balakirev was a member of Russiaís ĎMighty Handfulí, and 'Tamara' is widely considered his greatest work - a sensuous and melodic work influenced by exotic and oriental culture, popular in the music of 19th-century Russia.
Aside from Rachmaninovís symphonies, Gergiev and the LSO have also recorded the composerís popular 'Symphonic Dances' for LSO Live. Charting at #7 in the UK Specialist Classical Charts, it makes a beautiful addition to the cycle: "How beautifully blended and responsive they [LSO] are under Gergievís direction Ö 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
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