Rachmaninov - Symphony no.3, Vocalise, The Isle of the Dead
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Cat No: CHSA5297
Format: Hybrid SACD
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 28th October 2022
WorksSongs (14), op.34
The Isle of the Dead, op.29
ArtistsSinfonia of London
Dedicated to the outstanding Ukrainian-born coloratura soprano Antonina Vasilyevna Nezhdanova, the ‘Vocalise’ was first performed, by her with the composer, in January 1916. After creating a version with orchestral accompaniment, Rachmaninov then produced the version heard here, for orchestra alone.
Following the Russian revolution and his exile to the USA, the compositional output of Rachmaninov declined dramatically. In great demand both as a virtuoso performer and as a conductor, he toured extensively, but struggled to incorporate ‘modern music’ into his compositional style. In the mid-1930s he acquired a holiday villa in Lucerne, and surprised the world with his ‘Paganini’ Rhapsody, quickly followed by the Third Symphony.
Sinfonia of London and John Wilson demonstrate exceptional ensemble playing throughout, and their glowing string sound suits this repertoire perfectly. Recorded in Surround Sound, and available as a Hybrid SACD.
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