Rachmaninoff: Symphonies & Orchestral Music / Lan Shui, Singapore Symphony

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Sergei Rachmaninov was one of the twentieth century’s outstanding pianists, but the large body of purely orchestral music he composed is no less an expression...

Sergei Rachmaninov was one of the twentieth century’s outstanding pianists, but the large body of purely orchestral music he composed is no less an expression of his musical character. His great strength was that he managed to preserve intact a vision he had discovered very early in life. This contemporary of Schoenberg, Scriabin, Ravel and Ives was unconcerned with musical fashions and had no wish to be a pioneer. Instead, and over a period of half a century he refined and deepened a language which derived naturally from his late-nineteenth-century Russian background.

With this four-disc box set, the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and Lan Shui present a comprehensive collection of Rachmaninov’s music for orchestra – from the Scherzo in D minor, his first surviving piece for orchestra, completed just before his fifteenth birthday to the canonical works: the Symphonies and the Symphonic Dances. The recordings were made between 2008 and 2015, with the three symphonies (previously released on separate albums) described as ‘eine formidable Gesamteinspielung’ on the website Pizzicato. But there is much more to Rachmaninov’s orchestral music besides the symphonies, and this box offers the listener opportunity to explore the young composer’s fascination with Gypsy themes (in the excerpts from the opera Aleko and Capriccio bohemien) as well as his lifelong preoccupation with death, in the form of the four notes of the Dies irae plainchant motif. This is heard again and again in Rachmaninov’s music, up until his very last work, the Symphonic Dances, where, at the very end of the third and final dance, this symbol of death is finally laid to rest.

REVIEWS:

It would be difficult to imagine a more compelling or indeed idiomatic account of the First Symphony than Shui’s...this is a first-rate set, with sound to match.

-- HiFi (UK)



Product Description:


  • Release Date: February 05, 2021


  • UPC: 7318599925127


  • Catalog Number: BIS-2512


  • Label: BIS


  • Number of Discs: 4


  • Period: "Late Romantic"


  • Composer: Sergei Rachmaninov


  • Conductor: Lan Shui


  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Singapore Symphony Orchestra


  • Performer: Shui



Works:


  1. Symphony No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 13

    Composer: Sergei Rachmaninoff

    Ensemble: Singapore Symphony Orchestra

    Conductor: Lan Shui


  2. "Youth Symphony" in D Minor

    Composer: Sergei Rachmaninoff

    Ensemble: Singapore Symphony Orchestra

    Conductor: Lan Shui


  3. Prince Rostislav

    Composer: Sergei Rachmaninoff

    Ensemble: Singapore Symphony Orchestra

    Conductor: Lan Shui


  4. Symphony No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 27

    Composer: Sergei Rachmaninoff

    Ensemble: Singapore Symphony Orchestra

    Conductor: Lan Shui


  5. 14 Songs, Op. 34: No. 14. Vocalise in E Minor (version for orchestra)

    Composer: Sergei Rachmaninoff

    Ensemble: Singapore Symphony Orchestra

    Conductor: Lan Shui


  6. Symphony No. 3 in A Minor, Op. 44

    Composer: Sergei Rachmaninoff

    Ensemble: Singapore Symphony Orchestra

    Conductor: Lan Shui


  7. Symphonic Dances, Op. 45

    Composer: Sergei Rachmaninoff

    Ensemble: Singapore Symphony Orchestra

    Conductor: Lan Shui


  8. Utyos (The Rock), Op. 7

    Composer: Sergei Rachmaninoff

    Ensemble: Singapore Symphony Orchestra

    Conductor: Lan Shui


  9. Introduction, Dances & Intermezzo from Aleko

    Composer: Sergei Rachmaninoff

    Ensemble: Singapore Symphony Orchestra

    Conductor: Lan Shui


  10. Capriccio Op. 12, "Caprice bohémien"

    Composer: Sergei Rachmaninoff

    Ensemble: Singapore Symphony Orchestra

    Conductor: Lan Shui


  11. Scherzo in D Minor

    Composer: Sergei Rachmaninoff

    Ensemble: Singapore Symphony Orchestra

    Conductor: Lan Shui


  12. Skupoy ritsar' (The Miserly Knight), Op. 24: Prelude

    Composer: Sergei Rachmaninoff

    Ensemble: Singapore Symphony Orchestra

    Conductor: Lan Shui


  13. Ostrov myortvikh (The Isle of the Dead), Op. 29

    Composer: Sergei Rachmaninoff

    Ensemble: Singapore Symphony Orchestra

    Conductor: Lan Shui