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Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances & Stravinsky: Symphony in Three Movements

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Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances & Stravinsky: Symphony in Three Movements

Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances & Stravinsky: Symphony in Three Movements




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Valery Gergiev
conductor

55th Annual GRAMMY Awards Nomination:
Best Orchestral Performance

*****
'Valery Gergiev is one of the most exciting conductors recording today. His previous Rachmaninoff Second Symphony for LSO Live was a knockout, and both of these symphonic works will likely take first place of multichannel options' Audiophile Audition (US)

The Symphonic Dances, an orchestral suite in three sections, was the last work Rachmaninov completed and proved one of his most popular compositions. Although rarely sentimental, it draws on many of the composer’s reminiscences of Russia, from where he emigrated in 1917. It is characteristically lyrical with vivacious rhythmic sections, reminiscent of  Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring and the composer’s own Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.

Gergiev couples the Symphonic Dances with another work in three movements by a Russian émigré to the USA. Stravinsky’s Symphony in Three Movements was written between 1942-45 and was the first work Stravinsky completed after his arrival in the USA. Although he claimed it was a ‘War Symphony’, his true inspiration was typically vague.

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Reviews

***** 'Valery Gergiev is one of the most exciting conductors recording today. His previous Rachmaninoff Second Symphony for LSO Live was a knockout, and both of these symphonic works will likely take first place of multichannel options' Audiophile Audition (US)

‘how beautifully blended and responsive they [LSO] are under Gergiev's direction … 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 (UK)

'Both pieces are well suited to Valery Gergiev's interpretive talents, and with the LSO on blistering form those reasons alone should make these accounts ones to be reckoned with' SA-CD.net


‘Stravinsky’s Symphony in Three Movements is a masterclass in rhythm, cool, jagged and precise. Valery Gergiev, conducting with what looked like a toothpick, restrained himself to impressive effect … the full force of the LSO sound was unleashed in Rachmaninov’s orchestral showpiece - and last work - Symphonic Dances. With a sweeping string sound and piercing brass, Gergiev brought a cleverly programmed concert to a triumphant end’
Daily Telegraph (UK), concert review

‘Gergiev was on natural territory in Stravinsky’s Symphony in Three Movements, a piece often restrained by an objective approach that stresses its neoclassical credentials, but which was presented here with enriched colours and an almost violent attack that linked it convincingly back to the primitivism of The Rite of Spring. The momentary nods to modernism that interrupt the phantasmagoria of images from Rachmaninov’s (and Russia’s) past in his Symphonic Dances suggested that it was actually the most conservative of the three composers whose sense of dislocation from his native tradition impacted most fruitfully on his style; and Gergiev’s upfront delivery of its striking ideas and dark fantastical manner was impeccably assured’
The Guardian
(UK), concert review

‘Stravinsky’s Symphony in Three Movements is music from the thick of the war and invariably performed as such. Gergiev’s way with it was darker than usual – dourly impressive. In the late romanticism of Rachmaninov’s Symphonic Dances, Gergiev was again dark and brooding …  this repertoire is second nature to him and the LSO seems to have adapted to breathing the same headily exotic air’
Financial Times
(UK), concert review

Artists

Valery Gergiev conductor
London Symphony Orchestra

Recording Details

James Mallinson, producer
Jonathan Stokes & Neil Hutchinson for Classic Sound Ltd, balance engineers

DSD recordings, live at the Barbican in May 2009
Stereo and multi-channel 5.1

Total playing time 58m33s
Jewel case with 20pp booklet. Notes in English, French and German

Catalogue number - LSO0688
UPC - 822231168829

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