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Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 1; The Isle of the Dead; Youth Symphony [CD]

Gianandrea Noseda Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda
  • Composer: Sergey Rachmaninov
  • Audio CD (2 Jun 2008)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Chandos
  • ASIN: B0018OKGZQ
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 211,326 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Ostrov myortvikh (The Isle of the Dead), Op. 2920:32Album Only
Listen  2. Symphony in D Minor, "Youth": I. Grave - Allegro moderato10:26Album Only
Listen  3. Symphony No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 13: I. Grave - Allegro ma non troppo - Moderato - Allegro vivace - L'istesso tempo - Allegro Molto12:37Album Only
Listen  4. Symphony No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 13: II. Allegro animato - Meno mosso - Tempo I 9:05Album Only
Listen  5. Symphony No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 13: III. Larghetto - Piu mosso - Largo un poco - Con moto - Tempo I 9:37Album Only
Listen  6. Symphony No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 13: IV. Allegro con fuoco, Marciale [sempre marcato] - Con animo - Allegro mosso - Allegro con fuoco - Presto - Largo12:19Album Only

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Symphonie n°1 - L'Ile des Morts - Symphonie de jeunesse / BBC Philharmonic - Gianandrea Noseda, direction

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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 9 Mar 2009
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This has to be one of the most gripping accounts of Rachmaninoff's First Symphony I've ever heard - live or on record. Noseda's grasp of the piece's architecture is absolutely sure, and the orchestra play out of their skins for him. The finale in particular is just thrilling, charged with adrenalin. Excellent fillers too - I've always been fond of the "Youth" Symphony, and the Isle of the Dead is wonderfully lugubrious, with a scorching climax too. Classically full, clear Chandos sound, beautifully engineered. Don't hesitate!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Almost upbeat Rachmaninov, in gorgeous sound 4 Nov 2008
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I heard this Rachmaninov First in concert over the summer and was struck by Milan-born Gianandrea Noseda. He's a musical conductor who has brought the BBC Phil. up to a good level. His reading of the First Sym. was energetic, splashy, and romantic in an uncomplicated way that didn't reflect upon the composer's introverted melancholy. There's no such thing as upbeat Rachmaninov (he's the definition of borscht and ters), but Noseda comes close.

The First Sym. was one of the most famous catastrophes in musical history, the premiere collapsing under the baton of a supposedly drunk Glazunov, and reviewers comparing the score to the ten biblical plagues of Egypt. The composr went into a deep depression that lasted for three years. There are two kinds of readings of the First on disc: ssuave cosmopolitan ones that smooth out the score's rambling, discursive structure so that it sounds beauitful from bar to bar -- in between stretches of dog paddling there are gorgeous melodies -- and Soviet-era ones that emphasize brash energy and thrust. Vladimir Ashkenazy on Decca exemplifies the first approach, Yevgeny Svetlanov on Moscow Studio the second.

Noseda tilts more toward the suave type. Thanks to Chandos's ravishing sonics, the recording is sumptuous in terms of color and timbre -- you can smell the fumes of an Oriental houkah in the sinuous Larghetto. Noseda isn't the last word in propulsiveness, but he doesn't need to be. The filler is an account of 'The Isle of the Dead' that downplays the tone poem's grimness, making it sound more like Sibelius and less like a suiicide note.
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