- Orchestra: Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
- Conductor: David Zinman
- Composer: Sergei Rachmaniov
- Audio CD (September 27, 1994)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Telarc
- ASIN: B000003CZ6
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #323,368 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Rachmaniov: Symphony, No. 3 / Symphonic Dances
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The Symphonic Dances are full of color and energy. Overall, the Dances are the more consistently inspired of the two works on this disc.
The only real problem with this disc is that at full-price it really is uncompetitive within the field of superior recordings available at lower prices. For example, the Ashkenazy/Concertgebouw or Mackerras/Royal Liverpool PO recordings offer these two pieces at more competitive pricing. And if you only want the 3rd Symphony, then the competitive position of this disc only falls further against such masterful recordings as Ormandy/Philadelphia Orch., Stokowski/National Phil. Orch..
This recording is worthy of respect, though. If Telarc ever re-issues this disc at mid-price--as they are starting to do with other recordings--then these two pieces should receive stronger consideration from collectors. For now the disc is a good issue, but not a first choice.
1--The lusty two-piano CD version with Martha Argerich and Alexandre Rabinovitch, an explosion of son et lumiere. You'll get the bonus of Suites Opus 5 and 17 in addition to the Symphonic Dances.
2--The Baltimore Symphony CD with David Zinman conducting; Symphony No. 3 is offered as well.
3--Now try a DVD featuring not only the Symphonic Dances but also The Bells and Symphony No. 2. The conductor is Semyon Bychkov, who was born in Leningrad and shares insights into Rachmaninoff's tragic departure from Russia with his family, his need to provide for them by playing a demanding schedule of concerts as a soloist in America, and his unrequited yearning for the Russia of his youth. This DVD is a treasure, and for fun I Googled orchestra instruments to brush up on some of the wind and percussion instruments I had forgotten about.
The real joy is to contrast the two-piano and orchestral versions. Mr. Rachmaninoff, always highly critical of his own work, found the Symphonic Dances more than acceptable. They are superlative!
The "Symphonic Dances" also receive a fine performance. The first movement, with its melancholy and eloquent middle section framed by strongly rhythmic material, is perhaps the most predictable of the three. The other movements seem wilder and weirder.Read more ›
That being said, I know what I like when I hear it, and David Zinman leads the Baltimore Symphony through a rich, warm, gloriously romantic performance of the Russian composer's symphony and orchestral works.
Zinman provides an engaging, powerful, and colorful presentation that makes for a rewarding listen.
Being a lifetime Baltimorean, a town better known for crab cakes than culture, it makes me proud to hear my symphony orchestra perform marvelously on the world stage.
The Telarc digital recording is sharp, accurate, and transparent.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I heard this on the local NPR station and loved it. Gorgeous sound & a wonderful performance.Published 4 months ago by SK
This recording is nothing short of spectacular (as 99% of Telarc recordings are). I purchased this recording several years ago on a recommendation from Stereo Review who said the... Read morePublished on February 13, 2013 by Stephen Lake
seller failed to reveal my copy was a cut-out, it has a hole drilled into the case to indicate not a full price copy. I am really not complaining the price was only $3. Read morePublished on August 12, 2011 by jygesq