Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 1; Piano Concerto No. 1

Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 1; Piano Concerto No. 1

by Yevgeny Sudbin
     
 

Composing in large forms did not come easily to Sergey Rachmaninov, and the difficulties he faced with his "Piano Concerto No. 1 in F sharp minor" and his "Symphony No. 1 in D minor" caused him considerable doubt and depression. Today these works are recognized as highly original compositions, and while they are not as enormously popular as the "Second" and "Third"…  See more details below

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Composing in large forms did not come easily to Sergey Rachmaninov, and the difficulties he faced with his "Piano Concerto No. 1 in F sharp minor" and his "Symphony No. 1 in D minor" caused him considerable doubt and depression. Today these works are recognized as highly original compositions, and while they are not as enormously popular as the "Second" and "Third" piano concertos and the "Second Symphony," they are still valued as youthful masterpieces. These 2012 performances by Lan Shui and the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, with pianist Yevgeny Sudbin as soloist in the concerto, are lively and vigorous renditions, and if there are any doubts about the quality of Rachmaninov's music, these musicians certainly bring out the best in both works. The "Piano Concerto" has a tremendous sense of drama, and from the outset, Sudbin plays the solo part with mercurial shifts of expression and a fluid virtuosity that is captivating. The accompaniment is lush and warm, and the orchestra has an enveloping presence that sets off the glittering piano writing to superb effect. The "First Symphony" is a brooding work that shows the strong influence of Tchaikovsky, and even though it isn't as dazzling as the "Piano Concerto," it offers insights into Rachmaninov's thinking beyond the keyboard and growing feeling for orchestral colors and combinations. These super audio recordings were made at the Esplanade Concert Hall in Singapore, and the reproduction is vivid and spacious, with credible presence and natural luster.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/28/2013
Label:
Bis
UPC:
7318599920122
catalogNumber:
2012
Rank:
281125

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  1. Piano Concerto No. 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 1  - Sergey Rachmaninov  -  Singapore Symphony Orchestra  - Lan Shui  - Robert Suff  - Yevgeny Sudbin
  2. Symphony No. 1 in D minor, Op. 13 (lost; reconstructed from piano duets and orch. fragments)  - Sergey Rachmaninov  -  Singapore Symphony Orchestra  - Lan Shui  - Robert Suff  - Yevgeny Sudbin

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