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Essential Rachmaninoff
     

Essential Rachmaninoff

 
The cover of this album is graced with a sepia-toned photograph of a couple entwined in a passionate kiss as ocean waves crash behind them. It is a quintessentially romantic image -- and an appropriate one for this compilation, perhaps, because for many, Rachmaninoff's music is the very soul of romanticism. The Adagio of the Second Symphony, for example, fairly oozes

Overview

The cover of this album is graced with a sepia-toned photograph of a couple entwined in a passionate kiss as ocean waves crash behind them. It is a quintessentially romantic image -- and an appropriate one for this compilation, perhaps, because for many, Rachmaninoff's music is the very soul of romanticism. The Adagio of the Second Symphony, for example, fairly oozes with sensuality: Listen to the liquid sound of the solo clarinet caressing phrases and flowing over the strings, and you will be immediately swept up into its amorous atmosphere. Rachmaninoff wrote more than love themes, though; Variation 18 from the Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini may be drenched in moonlight, but the surrounding music is edgy and intense. Essential Rachmaninoff goes beyond the composer's greatest hits -- though they are all here -- to give us a broader picture. In addition to the Rhapsody, there is the almost jazz-like first movement of the Symphonic Dances, a movement of his extraordinary Vespers (a sonorous choral work in the Russian Orthodox tradition), as well as an example of Rachmaninoff's own inimitable playing. The performances, most featuring pianist/conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy, are consistently fine. No notes are provided, but this is music that speaks quite eloquently for itself.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/15/2002
Label:
Decca
UPC:
0028947045724
catalogNumber:
470457

Tracks

  1. Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18
  2. Vocalise, song for voice & piano, Op. 34/14
  3. Prelude for piano No.1 in C sharp minor ("The Bells of Moscow"), Op. 3/2
  4. Suite No. 1 ("Fantaisie-tableaux"), in G minor for 2 pianos, Op. 5: 4, Paques: Allegro maestoso
  5. Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27: 3, Adagio
  6. Piano Concerto No. 4 in G minor, Op. 40: 2, Largo
  7. Symphonic Dances, for orchestra (or 2 pianos), Op. 45: No. 1, Non allegro
  8. Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (Introduction and 24 Variations), in A minor for piano & orchestra, Op. 43
  9. Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30: No. 1, Allegro ma non tanto
  10. Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 44: No. 2, Adagio ma non troppo-Allegro vivace
  11. Vespers (All-Night Vigil), for alto, tenor & chorus, Op. 37
  12. Prelude for piano No.6 in G minor, Op. 23/5
  13. Lied (Romance), for cello & piano in F minor, TN ii/32
  14. Transcription for piano of Kreisler's "Liebesfreud", TNiii/5
  15. Symphony No. 1 in D minor, Op. 13 (lost; reconstructed from piano duets and orch. fragments): No. 4, Allegro con fuoco

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