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Rachmaninov Symphony No.1 Isle of the Dead


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Rachmaninov Symphony No.1 Isle of the Dead

Rachmaninov
Evgeni Svetlanov
USSR Symphony

Catalogue Number: ALC 1360
Number of Discs: 1
Date/Runtime: Time 78:10, stereo, 1966
Barcode: 5055354413605




“Svetlanov’s volcanic 1966 recording … heartbreakingly intense yet grippingly  coherent conception, brimful of insight and flair … shoots off like a rocket … finale enshrines as adrenalin-fuelled a ride to the abyss as you will ever hear … the pathos of the symphony’s Largo has to be heard to be believed (decibel levels defeated plucky Soviet engineers) … “if forced to take just one version down from the shelves, I’d plump for the great Evgeni Svetlanov’s unforgettably visceral first recording, warts and all” (Gramophone, 2006). (Isle of the Dead): “(Rachmaninov) later recalled the ‘massive architecture and mystic message of the painting made a marked impression on me’. …This inspired what is surely (his) orchestral masterpiece” © James Murray

    Symphony No. 1

  • [1]     Grave. Allegro ma non troppo 14.21
  • [2]     Allegro animato 8:20
  • [3]    Larghetto 12:16
  • [4]     Allegro con fuoco 12:41
  • Isle of the Dead

  • [5] Symphonic poem inspired by Boecklin’s painting 20:30