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Symphonic Dances, Symphony No. 3
Sergei Rachmaninoff

Philharmonia Orchestra

Symphonic Dances, Symphony No. 3

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Format: CD
Label: Signum Classics
UPC: 0635212054024
Catnr: SIGCD 540
Release date: 05 October 2018
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Signum Classics
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0635212054024
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SIGCD 540
Release date
05 October 2018
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About the album

Marking their latest collaboration with their conductor laureate Vladimir Ashkenazy, the Philharmonia return to disc with a stellar live-performance of two late works by Rachmaninov – the Symphonic Dances and Symphony No. 3 in A Minor. This release is third and final in a new series of Rachmaninov’s symphonic works, conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy in live performances with the Philharmonia Orchestra. The previous volumes of Symphony No. 1 (SIGCD484) and No. 2 (SIGCD530) were met with critical acclaim:

Perhaps the most satisfying of all [Ashkenazy’s recordings of the Symphony]...” BBC Music Magazine

“Ashkenazy knows how to shape detail and soar in the big melodic moments. The Philharmonia sound is muscular and alert, from the opening woodwind solos to the mighty, stirring symphonic tutti of the finale.” The Observer
Ter gelegenheid van hun meest recente samenwerking met conductor laureate Vladimir Ashkenazym keert het Philharmonia Orchestra terug op album met een top live-uitvoering van twee late werken van Rachmaninoff - de Symfonische Dansen en de Derde Symfonie in a klein. Deze uitgave is de derde en laatste in een serie met Rachmaninoffs symfonische werken, gedirigeerd door Vladimir Ashkenazy in live-opnames met het Philharmonia Orchestra. De eerdere delen, met de Eerste en Tweede Symfonie, werden met veel bijval ontvangen:

"Misschien wel de meest bevredigende uitvoering [van alle opnamen van de symfonie van Ashkenazy]" - BBC Music Magazine

"Ashkenazy weet hoe hij detail moet vormen en een hoge vlucht moet nemen tijdens de grote melodische momenten. De klank van Philharmonia is gespierd en alert, van de solo's van de houtblazers aan het begin tot aan het machtige, bezielende symfonische tutti in de finale." - The Observer

Artist(s)

Philharmonia Orchestra

The Philharmonia was founded in 1945 by EMI producer Walter Legge, and has worked with a who’s who of 20th- and 21st-century music. Finnish conductor Santtu-Matias Rouvali took up the baton as Principal Conductor in September 2021. The sixth person to hold the title, he is known for his expressive, balletic conducting style and irrepressible energy. Herbert von Karajan, Otto Klemperer, Wilhelm Furtwängler, Arturo Toscanini, Riccardo Muti and Esa-Pekka Salonen are just a few of the great artists to be associated with the Philharmonia, and the Orchestra has premiered works by Richard Strauss, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Errollyn Wallen, Kaija Saariaho and many others. Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, in the heart of London, has been the Philharmonia’s home since 1995. The Orchestra also has residencies at venues and festivals across England, each embracing a Learning & Engagement programme that empowers people to engage...
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The Philharmonia was founded in 1945 by EMI producer Walter Legge, and has worked with a who’s who of 20th- and 21st-century music. Finnish conductor Santtu-Matias Rouvali took up the baton as Principal Conductor in September 2021. The sixth person to hold the title, he is known for his expressive, balletic conducting style and irrepressible energy.
Herbert von Karajan, Otto Klemperer, Wilhelm Furtwängler, Arturo Toscanini, Riccardo Muti and Esa-Pekka Salonen are just a few of the great artists to be associated with the Philharmonia, and the Orchestra has premiered works by Richard Strauss, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Errollyn Wallen, Kaija Saariaho and many others.
Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, in the heart of London, has been the Philharmonia’s home since 1995.
The Orchestra also has residencies at venues and festivals across England, each embracing a Learning & Engagement programme that empowers people to engage with, and participate in, orchestral music.
The Philharmonia’s international reputation is built in part on its extraordinary 76-year recording legacy, which in the last ten years has been built on by pioneering work with digital technology. The Orchestra’s installations and VR experiences have introduced hundreds of thousands of people to the symphony orchestra. The Philharmonia has won four Royal Philharmonic Society awards for its digital projects and audience engagement work.
The Philharmonia is the go-to orchestra for many film and videogame composers in the UK and Hollywood, and its music-making has been experienced by millions of cinema-goers and gamers. It has recorded around 150 soundtracks, with film credits stretching back to 1947.

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Vladimir Ashekenazy (conductor)

Vladimir Ashkenazy was born in Gorky in 1937, and is among the foremost musical figures of this time. Since 1926 he has built an extraordinary career as a pianist, and he has made many award-winning recordings of, amongst others, Das Wohltemperierte Klavier by Bach, the complete piano sonatas by Beethoven, the complete solo piano works by Chopin and the piano concertos of Mozart, Beethoven and Rachmaninov. He has also given public performances, in which he was known for wearing a white turtleneck and for running on and off the stage. Midway through his pianistic career, Ashkenazy branched into conducting. He has been principal conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. He also made guest appearances with many...
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Vladimir Ashkenazy was born in Gorky in 1937, and is among the foremost musical figures of this time. Since 1926 he has built an extraordinary career as a pianist, and he has made many award-winning recordings of, amongst others, Das Wohltemperierte Klavier by Bach, the complete piano sonatas by Beethoven, the complete solo piano works by Chopin and the piano concertos of Mozart, Beethoven and Rachmaninov. He has also given public performances, in which he was known for wearing a white turtleneck and for running on and off the stage.
Midway through his pianistic career, Ashkenazy branched into conducting. He has been principal conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. He also made guest appearances with many major orchestras. His recordings as a conductor include the complete symphonies of Sibelius and Rachmaninov, and orchestral works by Shostakovich, Scriabin and Stravinsky.

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Composer(s)

Sergei Rachmaninoff

Sergei Vasilievich Rachmaninov was a Russian pianist, composer, and conductor of the late-Romantic period, some of whose works are among the most popular in the classical repertoire. Born into a musical family, Rachmaninov took up the piano at age four. He graduated from the Moscow Conservatory in 1892 and had composed several piano and orchestral pieces by this time. In 1897, following the critical reaction to his Symphony No. 1, Rachmaninoff entered a four-year depression and composed little until successful therapy allowed him to complete his enthusiastically received Piano Concerto No. 2 in 1901. After the Russian Revolution, Rachmaninov and his family left Russia and resided in the United States, first in New York City. Demanding piano concert tour schedules caused...
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Sergei Vasilievich Rachmaninov was a Russian pianist, composer, and conductor of the late-Romantic period, some of whose works are among the most popular in the classical repertoire.
Born into a musical family, Rachmaninov took up the piano at age four. He graduated from the Moscow Conservatory in 1892 and had composed several piano and orchestral pieces by this time. In 1897, following the critical reaction to his Symphony No. 1, Rachmaninoff entered a four-year depression and composed little until successful therapy allowed him to complete his enthusiastically received Piano Concerto No. 2 in 1901. After the Russian Revolution, Rachmaninov and his family left Russia and resided in the United States, first in New York City. Demanding piano concert tour schedules caused his output as composer to slow tremendously; between 1918 and 1943, he completed just six compositions, including Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Symphony No. 3, and Symphonic Dances. In 1942, Rachmaninov moved to Beverly Hills, California. One month before his death from advanced melanoma, Rachmaninov acquired American citizenship.
Early influences of Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Balakirev, Mussorgsky, and other Russian composers gave way to a personal style notable for its song-like melodicism, expressiveness and his use of rich orchestral colors.[3] The piano is featured prominently in Rachmaninov's compositional output, and through his own skills as a performer he explored the expressive possibilities of the instrument.

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