Rachmaninov: Complete Symphonies & Orchestral Works

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Charles Dutoit and the Philadelphia Orchestra recorded the three symphonies and major orchestral works of Sergey Rachmaninov between 1992 and 1995 for Decca, and these recordings have been reissued together as a four-CD set by Newton Classics. The brooding post-Romantic music of this Russian master poses special problems for conductors because the orchestration is often dense and low-to-middle range, so some selectivity in the balancing of sections is required for clarity's sake. Dutoit makes the textures reasonably clear and draws out distinctive tone colors wherever possible, so this set is not as murky sounding as some, though much of the weightiness of these scores ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Charles Dutoit and the Philadelphia Orchestra recorded the three symphonies and major orchestral works of Sergey Rachmaninov between 1992 and 1995 for Decca, and these recordings have been reissued together as a four-CD set by Newton Classics. The brooding post-Romantic music of this Russian master poses special problems for conductors because the orchestration is often dense and low-to-middle range, so some selectivity in the balancing of sections is required for clarity's sake. Dutoit makes the textures reasonably clear and draws out distinctive tone colors wherever possible, so this set is not as murky sounding as some, though much of the weightiness of these scores was certainly intended by Rachmaninov. The Philadelphia Orchestra is a little less lush here than in its famous recordings with Eugene Ormandy, where a rich string tone, woodwind doublings, and heightened attacks dominated the performances. Here, Dutoit keeps the strings' vibrato in check and generally saves the orchestra's huge sonorities for the big moments, so the music doesn't seem overblown or overly emotional, charges that are sometimes leveled at these pieces when they are carelessly played. Because the recordings were all-digital, the sound is clean and clear, and the orchestra has credible presence.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/26/2010
  • Label: Newton Classics
  • EAN: 8718247710218
  • Catalog Number: 8802021
  • Sales rank: 191,591

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–4 Symphony No. 1 in D minor, Op. 13 (lost; reconstructed from piano duets and orch. fragments) - Sergey Rachmaninov & Charles Dutoit (46:26)
  2. 2 The Isle of the Dead, symphonic poem, Op. 29 - Sergey Rachmaninov & Charles Dutoit (21:05)
Disc 2
  1. 1–4 Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27 - Sergey Rachmaninov & Charles Dutoit (57:36)
  2. 2 The Rock, symphonic poem for orchestra (or piano, 4 hands), Op. 7 - Sergey Rachmaninov & Charles Dutoit (14:25)
Disc 3
  1. 1–3 Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 44 - Sergey Rachmaninov & Charles Dutoit (41:06)
  2. 4–6 Symphonic Dances, for orchestra (or 2 pianos), Op. 45 - Sergey Rachmaninov & Charles Dutoit (33:44)
Disc 4
  1. 1–4 The Bells, choral symphony for soprano, tenor, baritone, chorus & orchestra, Op. 35 - Sergey Rachmaninov & Philadelphia Choral Arts Society (35:32)
  2. 2 The Spring, cantata for baritone, chorus & orchestra, Op. 20 - Sergey Rachmaninov & Philadelphia Choral Arts Society (16:05)
  3. 6–8 Russian Songs (3) for chorus & orchestra, Op. 41 - Sergey Rachmaninov & Philadelphia Choral Arts Society (12:12)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Charles Dutoit Primary Artist
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