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Rachmaninov: Symphony No.2

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Vasily Petrenko was born in 1976 and started his music education at the St Petersburg Capella Boys Music School – the oldest music school in Russia. He then studied at the St Petersburg Conservatoire and has also participated in masterclasses with such major figures as Ilya Musin, Mariss Jansons, Yuri Temirkanov and Esa-Pekka Salonen. Between 1994 and 1997, Petrenko was Resident ... Read more in Amazon's Vasily Petrenko Store

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  • Audio CD (1 Oct 2012)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,195 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Dances from Aleko: Women's DanceVasily Petrenko/Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra 5:01£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Dances from Aleko: IntermezzoVasily Petrenko/Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra 2:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Dances from Aleko: Men's DanceVasily Petrenko/Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra 4:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Symphony No.2 in E minor Op.27: Largo - Allegro moderatoVasily Petrenko/Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra23:22Album Only
Listen  5. Symphony No.2 in E minor Op.27: Allegro moltoVasily Petrenko/Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra 9:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Symphony No.2 in E minor Op.27: AdagioVasily Petrenko/Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra14:00Album Only
Listen  7. Symphony No.2 in E minor Op.27: Allegro vivaceVasily Petrenko/Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra13:24Album Only

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EMI 9154732; EMI ITALIANA - Italia; Classica Orchestrale

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ralph Moore TOP 50 REVIEWER on 5 Dec 2012
Format: Audio CD
I delayed purchasing this CD as I already had several very fine versions of this symphony including those by Ormandy, Rachmaninov's friend and only champion for many years, Rozhdestvensky and Vernon Handley with the RPO but this eclipses them all, presenting this music in the most convincing interpretation yet, despite taking the risk of including the first movement repeat, thereby extending its duration beyond what some consider advisable.

That is certainly not the case here: instead of souping up the Schmaltz, Petrenko goes for a lean, propulsive account of this symphony in which every bar breathes passion and commitment. The RLPO plays out of its skin, conjuring up glowing colours and emphasising the lyrical without resorting to excessive application of rubato. The opening Largo is full of brooding menace, Petrenko gradually building pace and tension with an unerring ear. Both Allegro movements are memorable for their drive and brio, the triumphant climax to the Finale leaving the listener breathless. Central to the symphony of course is the famous Adagio; again, Petrenko catches its swooning ecstasy without lingering.

The hors d'oeuvre is the three dances from "Aleko", sombre, exotic and beautifully scored to give aural prominence to the lower tessitura woodwind and strings; the concluding "Men's Dance" is a wild orgy of sound.

A great disc, a worthy continuation of Petrenko's acclaimed Rachmaninov series with the RLPO. (The timing for track 6 is wrong; it's 13:55.)
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Santa Fe Listener on 22 Oct 2012
Format: Audio CD
This is an eagerly anticipated release. It didn't take long for everyone to realize that the Royal Liverpool Phil. had a musical star in Vasily Petrenko, their boyish thirtysomething conductor. He debuted with the orchestra in 2004 at the age of 28 with brilliant promise. No one spoke of promise after a concert or two; they were already floored. Here was a major talent on the order, perhaps, of Bernstein and Karajan. the musicians loved Petrenko as much as the critics, because he made them sound like heroes.

Petrenko recently rose from Naxos to a major label, EMI, and he launched a Rachmaninov symphony cycle with a recording of Sym. #3 that was revelatory, elevating a score that many thought was inferior to the more famous Rachmaninov Second. Here is the Second, and Petrenko brings to it the same warmth and intuitive musical gifts that made the earlier record so captivating. Still, he faces a challenge, because this is a score that has gone from relative obscurity - when I was in college, almost no one played it in America but Eugene Ormandy, a personal friend of Rachmaninov's - to a standard in the orchestral repertoire. In just the recent past there have been acclaimed recordings by Antonio Pappano and Valery Gergiev. the latter was especially fine, as you'd expect from the premier conductor from post-soviet Russia and a world-class London Sym.

By comparison, Petrenko can't offer a world-class orchestra, but it doesn't matter. From the very first note this is a personal reading whose every gesture makes you lean forward, eager to hear what comes next. Swoopy, syrupy Rachaninov disappears. We are in a plaintive world filled with pain and ecstasy.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By David Allsopp on 8 Oct 2012
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This is a very popular symphony which has been recorded so may times you begin to wonder if a new recording can suggest anything new. I only bought it because I love what Petrenko is doing at the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic.
To be honest I had grown a bit weary of hearing the usual readings which seem overly saccharine and forced, as if the romance is squeezed out of the music through sheer force of will. What a refreshing and liberating experience then to hear a version that allows the music to do all the hard work!
For a start the timing is inspired. Take the first movement Largo/Allegro Molto. Ashkenazy with Concertgebouw = 18:03, Jansons with St.Petersburg = 17:48 and Dutoit with the Philadelphia = 19:43. Petrenko takes a full 23:22 and it is a revelation. Phrasing breaths naturally and beautifully. Balance across the orchestra ebbs and flows creating a kaleidoscope of colours. The structure of the movement is revealed and now tells the full story carefully and impressively. The other movements now follow on with purpose. I guarantee you will see this symphony differently if you listen through one sitting!
The orchestra is now on a par with the Bentley orchestras of the world. The string sound is like Philadelphia and St.Petersburg (who I used earlier as a comparison partly for this reason). Some orchestras run at their maximum performance to turn out a good CD but others seem to have bags of skill and craft under the hood (the Bentleys!) Here the RLPO seems to be saying "I could race you and win if I wanted to but I don't need to because I know I can." The result is that they ooze quality and assurance and are able to concentrate on the ensemble sound rather than watching the notes on the page.
Buy the CD and I dare you to say you don't agree!
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By R. A. Ellis on 11 Mar 2013
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Recommended recording in BBC music mag, and you can see why. Great playing and interpretation, and a vivid sound quality completes the package.
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