Rachmaninoff: The Isle of the Dead & Symphony No. 1


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1 audio CD

© 2019 London Philharmonic Orchestra Ltd.

℗ 2019 London Philharmonic Orchestra Ltd.

Recorded live at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, London, on 3
October 2014 (The Isle of the Dead) and 14 December 2016 (Symphony No. 1).

Producer: Andrew Walton, K&A Productions

Engineer: Deborah Spanton, K&A Productions

Total playing time: 64:51

Released: 15 March 2019

CD: Rachmaninoff: The Isle of the Dead & Symphony No. 1

Rachmaninoff The Isle of the Dead, Op. 29
Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 1 in D minor, Op. 13

Vladimir Jurowski conductor
London Philharmonic Orchestra

The works on this disc were recorded live in concert with the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s Principal Conductor, Vladimir Jurowski. The Isle of the Dead, Rachmaninoff’s dramatic tone poem inspired by a black and white reproduction of Austrian painter Arnold Böcklin’s work of the same name, darkly charts a soul’s journey to its final rest, drawing on plainchant melodies connected with the Latin Requiem mass. In contrast, much of the drama of the First Symphony happened off the page; its disastrous premiere left the younf Rachmaninoff with crippling self doubt , and writer’s block. Removed from its unfortunate history, the youthful First Symphony shines; its exhilarating themes hinting at Rachmaninoff’s mature work yet to come.


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