RACHMANINOV: Symphony No. 3, BALAKIREV: Russia

1 SACD - LSO Live LSO0779
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London Symphony Orchestra, Valery Gergiev
original title: Rachmaninov: Symphony No.3, Balakirev: Russia
collection: London Symphony Orchestra

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  • Following his acclaimed LSO Live recordings of Rachmaninov’s Symphony No 2 and 'Symphonic Dances', Valery Gergiev conducts a scintillating performance of the powerfully emotional Symphony No 3, framed with a work by one of the Mighty Five: Balakirev’s 'Russia'.
    Rachmaninov’s third and final symphony was composed nearly 20 years after the composer’s emigration from his homeland. Often considered to be his most overtly Russian symphony, Rachmaninov makes subtle use of a motto theme which appears throughout the work and can be heard in the finale as a variant of the Dies Irae plainchant – a melodic tag used in Rachmaninov’s music as a dark reminder of mortality.
    'Russia', an epic symphonic poem, is a reworking of an Overture on Russian Themes, collected during Balakirev’s expedition up through the Volga. It was composed in 1864 and is based on three folksongs – a slow wedding song and two round-dances which are varied, fragmented and combined throughout the piece. Gergiev's Rachmaninov cycle is due for completition in Spring 2016.
  • London Symphony Orchestra
    Valery Gergiev


    London Symphony Orchestra
    Valery Gergiev
  • 1 SACD - 0h 55mn 0s
    upc/ean. 822231177920
    ref. LSO0779
    release date. 2015-08-28
 

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