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Rachmaninov: Symphony No.2 / Dances from Aleko

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
  1. Dances from Aleko: Women's DanceVasily Petrenko/Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra 5:01$1.29  Buy MP3 
  2. Dances from Aleko: IntermezzoVasily Petrenko/Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra 2:34$1.29  Buy MP3 
  3. Dances from Aleko: Men's DanceVasily Petrenko/Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra 4:50$1.29  Buy MP3 
  4. Symphony No.2 in E minor Op.27: Largo - Allegro moderatoVasily Petrenko/Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra23:22Album Only
  5. Symphony No.2 in E minor Op.27: Allegro moltoVasily Petrenko/Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra 9:51$1.29  Buy MP3 
  6. Symphony No.2 in E minor Op.27: AdagioVasily Petrenko/Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra14:00Album Only
  7. Symphony No.2 in E minor Op.27: Allegro vivaceVasily Petrenko/Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra13:25Album Only

Product Details

  • Orchestra: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
  • Conductor: Vasily Petrenko
  • Composer: Sergei Rachmaninov
  • Audio CD (October 22, 2012)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • ASIN: B008ROGZYQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,518 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Andrew R. Barnard on October 23, 2012
Format: Audio CD
England has the blessing of being infested with gifted Russians, with Valery Gergiev, Vasily Petrenko, Vladimir Jurowski, and Andris Nelsons (technically Latvian) all thriving at the head of their own orchestras. Gergiev is the most mature of the group and has the best orchestra (the LSO), so are the younger conductors afraid to compete with him?

Vasily Petrenko isn't. Just two years ago, Gergiev produced a dazzling Rachmaninov 2nd that sent me and fellow reviewers raving. But by recording the same symphony, Petrenko seeks to steal Gergiev's title as the producer of the recent, standard-setting Rach 2nd. Petrenko has a lot going for him, particularly given the marvelous 3rd he produced earlier this year. But ultimately, will Gergiev's greater experience threaten to overshadow this brand new account?

But before we rush into comparisons, this disc does contain a filler (unlike Gergiev's): 3 Dances from Aleko. Listening to them first, I was relieved to hear the Petrenko was awake and invigorated. His grip in these little known dances is masterful, making them sound big and mature even though they aren't. Count the filler a success.

And then we brace ourselves, hold our breath, and wait to hear how the big piece turned out. Like Gergiev, Petrenko seems to be searching in the opening of the 1st movement, with phrasing that tugs at the core of our being. He's more resigned, though, less propulsive than his predecessor. Where Gergiev hurled us along with desperate, abrasive passion, Petrenko seems to want to take his time. Ultimately Petrenko isn't as exciting, but he offers a lot more variety. We can hear tremendous inner detail and Petrenko relishes in big, rich sounds, something we didn't get much of from Gergiev.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Santa Fe Listener HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on November 1, 2012
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This is an eagerly anticipated release. It didn't take long for every observer to realize that the Royal Liverpool Phil. had a musical star in Vasily Petrenko, their boyish thirtysomething conductor. He debuted with the orchestra in 2004 at the age of 28 with brilliant promise. No one spoke of promise after a concert or two; they were already floored. Here was a major talent on the order, perhaps, of Bernstein and Karajan. the musicians loved Petrenko as much as the critics, because he made them sound like heroes.

Petrenko recently rose from Naxos to a major label, EMI, and he launched a new Rachmaninov symphony cycle (Emi's last one under Mariss Jansons, is twenty years old) with a recording of Sym. #3 that was revelatory, elevating a score that many thought was inferior to the more famous Rachmaninov Second. Here is the Second, and Petrenko brings to it the same warmth and intuitive musical gifts that made the earlier record so captivating. Still, he faces a challenge, because this is a score that has gone from relative obscurity - when I was in college, almost no one played it in America but Eugene Ormandy, a personal friend of Rachmaninov's - to a standard in the orchestral repertoire. In the recent past there have been acclaimed recordings by Antonio Pappano and Valery Gergiev. The latter was especially fine, as you'd expect from the premier conductor from post-Soviet Russia leading the world-class London Sym.

By comparison, Petrenko can't offer a world-class orchestra, but it doesn't matter. From the very first note this is a personal reading whose every gesture makes you lean forward, eager to hear what comes next. Swoopy, syrupy Rachaninov disappears. We are in a plaintive world filled with longing and ecstasy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ralph Moore TOP 500 REVIEWER on December 5, 2012
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I delayed purchasing this CD as I already had several very fine versions of this symphony including those by Ormandy, Rachmaninov's friend and only champion for many years, Rozhdestvensky and Vernon Handley with the RPO but this eclipses them all, presenting this music in the most convincing interpretation yet, despite taking the risk of including the first movement repeat, thereby extending its duration beyond what some consider advisable.

That is certainly not the case here: instead of souping up the Schmaltz, Petrenko goes for a lean, propulsive account of this symphony in which every bar breathes passion and commitment. The RLPO plays out of its skin, conjuring up glowing colours and emphasising the lyrical without resorting to excessive application of rubato. The opening Largo is full of brooding menace, Petrenko gradually building pace and tension with an unerring ear. Both Allegro movements are memorable for their drive and brio, the triumphant climax to the Finale leaving the listener breathless. Central to the symphony of course is the famous Adagio; again, Petrenko catches its swooning ecstasy without lingering.

The hors d'oeuvre is the three dances from "Aleko", sombre, exotic and beautifully scored to give aural prominence to the lower tessitura woodwind and strings; the concluding "Men's Dance" is a wild orgy of sound.

A great disc, a worthy continuation of Petrenko's acclaimed Rachmaninov series with the RLPO. (The timing for track 6 is wrong; it's 13:55.)
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