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Rachmaninov: Complete Symphonies, Symphonic Dances & Orchestral Works (The Bells, Isle of the Dead, The Rock, Spring, Three Russian Songs) Box set


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  • Orchestra: The Philadelphia Orchestra
  • Conductor: Charles Dutoit
  • Composer: Rachmaninov
  • Audio CD (October 26, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Newton Classics
  • ASIN: B0040Y7F5K
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #295,781 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Symphony No. 1 in D minor, Op. 13 (lost; reconstructed from piano duets and orch. fragments): 1. Grave - Allegro ma non troppo
2. Symphony No. 1 in D minor, Op. 13 (lost; reconstructed from piano duets and orch. fragments): 2. Allegro animato
3. Symphony No. 1 in D minor, Op. 13 (lost; reconstructed from piano duets and orch. fragments): 3. Larghetto
4. Symphony No. 1 in D minor, Op. 13 (lost; reconstructed from piano duets and orch. fragments): 4. Allegro con fuoco
5. The Isle of the Dead, symphonic poem, Op. 29
Disc: 2
1. Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27: 1. Largo - Allegro moderato
2. Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27: 2. Allegro molto
3. Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27: 3. Adagio
4. Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27: 4. Allegro vivace
5. The Rock, symphonic poem for orchestra (or piano, 4 hands), Op. 7
Disc: 3
1. Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 44: 1. Lento - Allegro moderato - Allegro
2. Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 44: 2. Adagio ma non troppo - Allegro vivace
3. Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 44: 3. Allegro - Allegro vivace
4. Symphonic Dances, for orchestra (or 2 pianos), Op. 45: 1. Non allegro
5. Symphonic Dances, for orchestra (or 2 pianos), Op. 45: 2. Andante con moto (Tempo di valse)
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Disc: 4
1. The Bells, choral symphony for soprano, tenor, baritone, chorus & orchestra, Op. 35: 1. Allegro ma non tanto
2. The Bells, choral symphony for soprano, tenor, baritone, chorus & orchestra, Op. 35: 2. Lento
3. The Bells, choral symphony for soprano, tenor, baritone, chorus & orchestra, Op. 35: 3. Presto
4. The Bells, choral symphony for soprano, tenor, baritone, chorus & orchestra, Op. 35: 4. Lento lugubre
5. The Spring, cantata for baritone, chorus & orchestra, Op. 20
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Editorial Reviews

For many years Rachmaninov's symphonic output was neglected, and it wasn't until the 1970s that the Second of his three symphonies was heard in its original uncut version. Slowly the realisation that this work and the masterful Third Symphony and Symphonic Dances were indeed able to stand comparison with the best of the symphonic repertoire finally dawned. They are now standard repertoire for most of the major orchestras, and as popular as the piano concertos with the public. The Philadelphia Orchestra was Rachmaninov's favourite, and the sound that it became famous for under Leopold Stokowski suits his music well. These recordings were praised for
their sound upon release in the 1990s, and Charles Dutoit captures the 'Philadelphia Sound' admirably. Rachmaninov's own recording of the Third symphony was made with this
orchestra, who premiered it under Stokowski in 1936.

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There's a real quandary in reviewing this set of gathered-up reissues of early 90s Dutoit/Philadelphia recordings of Rachmaninov orchestra music. It is at a wonderful budget price (a four-CD set for around $7 per disc at the time of this review) and contains a ton of music (275 mins) -- all three symphonies plus The Bells, Isle of the Dead, The Rock, Symphonic Dances, The Bells, Spring and Three Russian Songs -- and has some good performances by Rachmaninov's favorite orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra. But there are some clunkers, too, due to Charles Dutoit's uninspired conducting; the orchestra itself mostly sounds wonderful. I think probably the best advice would be that those who want all these works without a huge outlay of money could probably benefit from buying this set. But those who already know the works and are looking for more Philly performances of Rachy I'd suggest they think twice about getting it. Why? Well, although there are acceptable -- and in places wonderful -- performances of the Third Symphony, The Rock and Isle of the Dead, the other performances range from dull to deadly dull. The Second, which is my favorite of the three, seems to take forever although the timings are not that out of line. It almost sounds like a sluggish run-through, perfunctory mostly, although the second movement catches fire until it gets to the middle section which slacks off. The performance of the First Symphony, which really does need a special approach from the podium, is simply poor; let's face it, the First is not the greatest symphony but a sympathetic performance like that led by Asheknazy ...Read more ›
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