Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 13 / Symphonic Dances, Op. 45

 
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SERGEI RACHMANINOV
Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 13 / Symphonic Dances, Op. 45
The Philadelphia Orchestra, Yannick Nézet-Séguin

[ Deutsche Grammophon / CD ]

Release Date: Friday 26 February 2021

The Philadelphia Orchestra and their Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin are embarking on another project of Rachmaninoff's works, presenting his three Symphonies and other orchestral works. When Rachmaninoff's 1st Symphony was premiered in 1897 by a badly prepared orchestra the performance turned out to be a disaster which obviously hurt the young composer deeply, not even 24 years old. Yet, later decades proved this early work to be absolutely worth a listen when performed by a first-class orchestra and conductor.

This album will be the first of three Rachmaninoff releases with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin, followed by recordings of Symphony No. 2 and The Isle of the Death in 2022 and, commemorating the 150th anniversary of Rachmaninoff's birthday in 2023, Symphony No. 3 and The Bells.

"There can be no underestimating the extraordinary legacy surrounding Rachmaninov and Philadelphia...[Nézet-Séguin's] ability to dig into that legacy while renewing its startling innovation makes for an exciting newness. Indeed, [his] account of the troubled First Symphony is as surprising and as thrilling as any I have heard since the much-lauded Ormandy account...An altogether stunning album." Gramophone February 2021 Recording of the Month

Tracks:

Symphony No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 13
Symphonic Dances, Op. 45