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Syms/Bells/Symphonic Dances [Box set]

Sergei Rachmaninov Audio CD

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All of Pletnev's acclaimed Rachmaninov recordings with the Russian National Orchestra in a single box for the first time. Also includes the tone-poems The Rock and Isle of the Dead, and Taneyev's cantata John of Damascus. Sung texts and translations included.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Rachmaninov Symphonies -- Russian National Orchestra Dec 18 2012
By Dr. Ian McKay - Published on Amazon.com
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The Russian National Orchestra's recording engineers selected an even balance between the orchestra's four sections, providing the listener with the auditory sense of being in the concert hall. Moreover, Pletnev was able to draw a pleasing bloom from the strings with the woodwind, brass and, especially, the percussion unobtrusive but coming to the fore when appropriate. Of the eight recordings I have of Rachmaninov's symphonies, this performance ranks second, pipped only by early recordings of the Scottish National Orchestra with Alexander Gibson. Of the second symphony only and in spite of my display of heathenism, my most exhilarating and scintillating recording is that of a concert performance by the Sydney Youth Orchestra (with which I have not been associated) under Henryk Pisarek in 1996.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Performances May Be Too Refined Oct. 17 2012
By JohnK - Published on Amazon.com
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The best performances in this four-disc set are of The Isle of the Dead, The Rock, The Bells, and Taneyev's John of Damascus. Pletnev's Rachmaninov symphonies and Symphonic Dances are too refined and never really catch fire. While one appreciates Pletnev's attention to detail, performances by Previn, Ormandy, and Ashkenazy are far more exciting and involving than these.

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