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CHAN 10677 - Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 3/ Prince Rostislav/ Caprice bohemien
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Available From: 15 June 2011

Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 3; Prince Rostislav; Caprice bohémien – BBC Philharmonic, Gianandrea Noseda

This is the sixth volume in Chandos’ highly acclaimed Rachmaninoff series, performed by the BBC Philharmonic under Gianandrea Noseda. Symphony No. 3 is the most expressively Russian of all Rachmaninoff’s symphonies, particularly in the dance rhythms of the energetic finale. Rarely recorded and performed today, the symphonic poem Prince Rostislav is one of Rachmaninoff’s earliest surviving compositions for orchestra. Equally unfamiliar is Capriccio bohémien, the colourful fantasy by Rachmaninoff on gypsy themes, which takes much of its inspiration from one of the composer’s other works, the opera Aleko, based on Pushkin’s The Gypsies.

Reviews

                   ****
Piero Rattalino - Musica magazine - December 2011/January 2012

"... a first-rate recording."
Richard a Kaplan - Fanfare - January/February 2012

“...rich recordings ...”
CB – Hi-Fi News – January 2012


"Noseda’s Third is the best recording of the work I’ve heard... Noseda and the BBC Philharmonic nail it. This cogent, exciting, brilliantly played interpretation has a powerful, dramatic arc across the three movements... No doubt the conductor is greatly assisted by the splendid playing of the BBC Philharmonic and Chandos’s recorded sound that surpasses many SACDs Ive heard... The strings have a gleaming gorgeous sheen, the brass tone is burnished and firm, and the bass is deep and solid ... is there any work from any period in Rachmaninoff’s output that he [Noseda] doesn’t excel in? "
Hansen - American Record Guide - November/December 2011

“...it’s a fascinating and fetching listen [Caprice bohemian], Gianandrea Noseda and BBC Philharmonic luxuriating within its warm embrace and stoking passions to the fiery final bars... Come to the Third Symphony and now we are really talking great music. Noseda has conjured a painstaking account of it, so important when orchestration is as sophisticated and breathtaking as this ... The playing is completely assured (virtuosic and responsive) in what is a challenging work to properly bring off. This is a stimulating and deeply moving performance to match with the best ... capturing the music’s soul and brilliance with a convincing impulsiveness that brings this fantastic score to engrossing life, its beauty, turmoil and scintillation vividly brought out with sear and sensitivity...”
Colin Anderson – classicalsource.com – 18 September 2011

“Early and late Rachmaninov rub shoulders on this latest release in the BBC Philharmonic’s impressive series, with a particularly fine performance of the Third Symphony.”
Geoffrey Norris – Gramophone magazine – October 2011 
 

“...Anyone who has been collecting earlier discs in this cycle will not be disappointed ...”
Mark Pullinger – International Record Review – September 2011


“...Noseda and the BBC Philharmonic certainly know how to paint a musical picture. Their instinctive phrasing ability to build and release tension, and strong dynamic contrast’s manage to capture Rachmaninov’s evocative score without over-egging them, all with a satisfying orchestral balance.”
Charlotte Gardner – Classical FM Magazine – September 2011

               Performance (Symphony) ****    Performance (The Rest) ***      Recording *****
Daniel Jaffé – BBC Music Magazine – September 2011


“Giandrea Noseda completes his cycle of Rachmaninov’s Symphonies for Chandos by pairing the last of them with two rarely heard works from the very beginning of the composer’s career...Both these works receive detailed, crisp performances from the BBC Philharmonic, but nevertheless it’s Noseda’s superb account of Rachmaninov’s Third Symphony that takes pride of place here – wonderfully restrained, almost haunted in its opening movement; quietly nostalgic in its central Adagio; and almost neurotically hyperactive in its finale.” ****
Andrew Clements –  The Guardian – 29 August 2011


“...These orchestral showpieces are very welcome, especially with the fine Chandos sound and Noseda’s extrovert realisation.”
Peter Spaull – Liverpool Daily Post – 22 July 2011 

 ****
Geoffrey Norris - The Telegraph - 23 July 2011

                  CD of the Week
“... the BBC Phil holds its own with the world’s most virtuosic orchestras in this repertoire ... Noseda’s dynamism and flair make the symphony’s 40-minute duration flash past with exhilarating momentum, yet without neglecting the work’s lyrical, nostalgic core. The makeweights are early pieces, the Caprice Bohémien and the tone poem Prince Rostislav, thrillingly played, which only enhance the disc’s attractions.”  ****
Hugh Canning – The Sunday Times – 24 July 2011

 

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