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RACHMANINOV, S.: Symphony No. 3 / Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (Sudbin, Singapore Symphony, Lan Shui)

RACHMANINOV, S.: Symphony No. 3 / Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (Sudbin, Singapore Symphony, Lan Shui)

The Classical Shop
release date: March 2012

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz
album available as a Studio File

Artists:

Singapore Symphony Orchestra


Shui, Lan


Lan Shui

Conductor

Lan Shui

Soloist

Yevgeny Sudbin

Soloist

Record Label
BIS

Genre:

Orchestral & Concertos


Classical

Total Time - 67:08
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RACHMANINOV, S.: Symphony No. 3 / Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (Sudbin, Singapore Symphony, Lan Shui)

     
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SERGEI RACHMANINOV

     
 

Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43

 
1 Introduction: Allegro vivace 0:06
 Yevgeny Sudbin Soloist
2 Variation 1: Precedente 0:18
 Yevgeny Sudbin Soloist
3 Theme: L'istesso tempo 0:17
 Yevgeny Sudbin Soloist
4 Variation 2: L'istesso tempo 0:17
 Yevgeny Sudbin Soloist
5 Variation 3: L'istesso tempo 0:24
 Yevgeny Sudbin Soloist
6 Variation 4: Piu vivo 0:27
 Lan Shui Soloist
7 Variation 5: Tempo precedente 0:28
 Yevgeny Sudbin Soloist
8 Variation 6: L'istesso tempo 1:07
 Lan Shui Soloist
9 Variation 7: Meno mosso, a tempo moderato 1:03
 Yevgeny Sudbin Soloist
10 Variation 8: Tempo I 0:32
 Yevgeny Sudbin Soloist
11 Variation 9: L'istesso tempo 0:31
 Yevgeny Sudbin Soloist
12 Variation 10: Poco marcato 0:53
 Yevgeny Sudbin Soloist
13 Variation 11: Moderato 1:33
 Lan Shui Soloist
14 Variation 12: Tempo di minuetto 1:13
 Yevgeny Sudbin Soloist
15 Variation 13: Allegro 0:28
 Yevgeny Sudbin Soloist
16 Variation 14: L'istesso tempo 0:43
 Yevgeny Sudbin Soloist
17 Variation 15: Piu vivo scherzando 1:11
 Yevgeny Sudbin Soloist
18 Variation 16. Allegretto 1:35
 Yevgeny Sudbin Soloist
19 Variation 17: (Allegretto) 1:46
 Yevgeny Sudbin Soloist
20 Variation 18: Andante cantabile 2:49
 Yevgeny Sudbin Soloist
21 Variation 19: A tempo vivace 0:26
 Lan Shui Soloist
22 Variation 20: Un poco piu vivo 0:36
 Yevgeny Sudbin Soloist
23 Variation 21: Un poco piu vivo 0:25
 Yevgeny Sudbin Soloist
24 Variation 22: Un poco piu vivo (Alla breve) 1:38
 Lan Shui Soloist
25 Variation 23. L'istesso tempo 0:55
 Yevgeny Sudbin Soloist
26 Variation 24: A tempo un poco meno mosso 1:13
 Yevgeny Sudbin Soloist
     
 

Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 44

 
27 I. Lento - Allegro moderato 17:56
 Lan Shui Conductor
28 II. Adagio ma non troppo 12:19
 Lan Shui Conductor
29 III. Allegro 13:59
 Lan Shui Conductor
 Shui, Lan


When Sergei Rachmaninov composed his Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini in 1934, it was after an almost complete seven-year silence - so complete that he was thought to have renounced composing. Nevertheless, the Rhapsody was finished in only seven weeks, with a speed that was possibly stimulated by Paganini’s theme itself; taken from the 24th Caprice for solo violin it had already been used by Schumann, Liszt, Brahms and Szymanowski and is ideal for variation. Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody consists of twenty-four continuous variations, of which the 18th has become so popular that it is often included separately in compilations of ’classical favourites’. The variations fall into larger sections, forming a structure which has caused the work to be called ’Rachmaninov’s Fifth Piano Concerto’. The soloist on the present recording is Yevgeny Sudbin, whose highly acclaimed discography includes a Rachmaninov solo recital, as well as a recording of the Fourth Piano Concerto described in BBC Music Magazine as an ’ exhilarating, barnstorming, spine-tingling performance’. The warm reception that the Rhapsody received no doubt spurred Rachmaninov on to the composition of his Third Symphony. The work of a reluctant exile from his native Russia, its themes often have a marked Russian character, but are treated with great ambiguity. One example is the ’motto theme’ which is heard at the very opening of the symphony, but which cannot be heard for what it really is until the finale (and then only fleetingly): a variant of the Dies iræ theme, which the composer used so often - for instance in the Rhapsody - as a symbol of mortality. With this disc, Lan Shui and his Singapore Symphony Orchestra follow up on their 2008 recording of the composer’s Symphony No.2, which impressed critics around the world, for instance on the website Klassik Heute: ’Lan Shui allows himself to be guided by the music itself, by its arcs, meanderings, sudden impulses, melancholies and triumphs... and at the same time propels his marvellous orchestra to musical heights from which the entire panorama of this work can be perceived.’

                        *****  (Very Good)

 

Marcel Louis - Pizzicato magazine - June 2012


                         Music *****      Sound *****

 

Thomas Schulz - Fono Forum - June 2012


                  Performance (Rhapsody) ****     (Symphony) ***      Recording ****

Calum MacDonald - BBC Music Magazine -  Awards Issue - 2012




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