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  • Orchestra: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: Vasily Petrenko
  • Composer: Sergei Rachmaninoff
  • Audio CD (2 Feb. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Avie
  • ASIN: B002ZEDOFW
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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Song TitleArtist Time Price
  1. Symphonic Dances Op. 45 I Non allegroRoyal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra11:38Album Only
  2. Symphonic Dances Op. 45 II Andante con moto (Tempo di valse)Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra10:03Album Only
  3. Symphonic Dances Op. 45 III Lento assai - Allegro vivaceRoyal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra14:16Album Only
  4. The Isle of the Dead, Op. 29Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra21:08Album Only
  5. The Rock, Op. 7Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra13:01Album Only

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Avie's tenth release with the RLPO and third with their music director Vasily Petrenko, is the first in a series of orchestral works and concerti by Rachmaninov.

Avie's fruitful association with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra yields its tenth release, and the third with Vasily Petrenko, the youngest Music Director in the RLPO's illustrious history and winner of the Classic FM/Gramophone Young Artist of the Year award in 2007. A native of St. Petersburg, Petrenko appropriately continues his exploration of Russian repertoire with the first in a series of orchestral works and concerti by Rachmaninov.

Critical acclaim:
"The Liverpudlians could easily be mistaken for a crack Russian orchestra - the key ingredient is the commitment of the playing, the sense of an orchestra at its peak." - Financial Times

"Everybody wants Vasily Petrenko, the blond, galvanising young Russian who, in two years as principal conductor, has transformed the artistic profile of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Feel that crackle of electricity...the orchestra's ensemble spirit is so tight that you could cut yourself on the music's edges." - The Times

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(5 stars) Petrenko is a master of encouraging expressive phrasing...spellbinding. -- BBC Music Magazine, (David Nice), March 2010

Finely honed, malleable RLPO...a balanced and luminous orchestral texture...deft orchestral equilibrium and supple rubato...invested with passion, lustre and sensitivity. -- Gramophone, (Geoffrey Norris), May 2010

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Steen Mencke on 1 Mar. 2010
Format: Audio CD
Reviewing the disc in November last year of the "Symphonic Dances" and "The Isle of the Dead" made by the LPO and Vladimir Jurowski, I gave high praise to the treatment of "The Isle" but politely requested a tad more darkness and drama in the danses. Et voila, Vasily Petrenko scrambles to the rescue providing just what the doctor ordered. These years the RLPO just seems to go from strength to strength, and still in this new recording the players really manage to out-do themselves. A first class musical communicator, Petrenko infuses this provincial orchestra with the searing fire of his intensely Russian spirit - a thing so crusially important to the works of Rachmaninov - conjuring up a sound that rings genuinely true.

From the first notes of the essentially sunny first Symphonic Dance it is obvious that this is a reading dominated by the darker hues of the musical palette, which, quite apart from suiting the music well, lends an added beauty and nobility to all three dances. The Petrenko hallmark of the second dance is a highly volatile rubato that I doubt is hinted at in the score, but which, upon closer inspection, I find quite endearing and somehow more Russian than the classic approach. In the third dance the midnight bell has well and truly tolled, and only those long devoid of life are left to do the dancing. And what a ballet we are given! Here and there the tone is positively menacing and the wavy centre section, in all its splendour, is as icy as a Siberian winter wind. The parallels to Berlioz' witches' sabbath of the Symphonie Fantastique are more than usually clear - and not just through the use of the Dies Irae motive.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Ralph Moore TOP 50 REVIEWER on 6 Mar. 2010
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As the Santa Fe listener kindly acknowledges in his review on Amazon.com, I recently blind-tested ten versions of the "Isle of the Dead" for another classical review website.

I was initially daunted by the task, but in the event I have to say that I found it both remarkably enjoyable and remarkably reassuring how easily I was able to decide upon a hierarchy of quality - and this one easily came out on top. I was delighted when my suspicions were confirmed that my favourite was indeed this recording by Petrenko; it is extraordinary how good the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic now sounds under their trio of distinguished conductors (Pesek, Mackerras and Petrenko himself) and for me this disc becomes one of the finest on my shelves.

The opening of the "Isle of the Dead" is crucial: a mood of grim inevitability must grip the listener, who should see and hear Charon's oars dip steadily, in relentless 5/8 time, into the black waters of the Styx, as per the mysterious painting by Arnold Böcklin. Rachmaninov saw it in 1907 and it inspired him to compose his musical evocation the following year. If the rhythm is too fleet and the craft drifts unsteadily, the requisite mood is lost. While this piece is episodic, with identifiable interludes as the soul reminisces and struggles to make sense of its fate, there must be an over-arching sense of shape to unify the experience; some of the performances in the ten I listened to fall into the trap of stressing transient drama at the expense of musical unity, while others simply fail rise above a timid fidelity to the score and deliver no punch at crucial points.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Charles Voogd on 27 Dec. 2010
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My reference recording for the Symphonic Dances and The Isle of Dead are Ashkenazy's wonderful recording with the Concertgebouw Orchestra on Decca form the 1980s. That recording, from the decade they only just started recording digitally in the Concertgebouw, is super special. It has a weight even this new recording by Petrenko and the absolutely stunning Royal Liverpool Philharmonic doesn't bring. Listen to the first bars. With Petrenko you get a huge climax with the entry of timpani and bass drum and it's repeats. With Ashkenazy you get that overwhelming extra only the Concertgebouw hall can bring. Deep, very deep bass on the bass drum, physically exciting timpani right into your face. So it sounds as if the Concertgebouw orchestra is weightier, mightier and just straight right into the music and it seems the Liverpudlians do need some more time to adjust to Rachmaninov's sound world.
But that's not so; this interpretation is just as good, great, overwhelming and interesting as Ashkenazy's. I wonder `how should the Concertgebouw orchestra sound like in the Liverpool Philharmonic hall'? The reverberation the Liverpool orchestra gets in it's hall is markedly shorter than the Concertgebouw recording, that too gives the impression the Liverpudlians do play with lesser violin players, but I think that's isn't at all true. It just the recording - which is praised everywhere - that gives this impression.
With The Isle of Death it's the same thing; everything the Liverpool orchestra does is magnificent, the rocking of the waves, the grumblings deep down in the orchestra: stunning. But listening after that to the Concertgebouw recording again gives the same impression as with the dances. It seems somewhat thinner, but it isn't.
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