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Symphony 1 / Isle of the Dead [Import]

Rachmaninoff , Jansons , St Petersburg Phil Orch Audio CD

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5. The Isle Of The Dead, Op.29 - Rachmaninov

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps the best Rachmaninov First in the catalog, now a super bargain Nov. 3 2008
By Santa Fe Listener - Published on Amazon.com
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EMI, king of the reissue, allows you to buy Jansons' late-Nineties Rachmaninov cycle in any number of ways. This First Sym. was the last installment, recorded in St. Petersburg in 1999, and it's miles away from the usual article we got from the Soviet Union. Even the most acclaimed conductors, like Kondrashin and Svetlanov (I don't know of any Rachmaninov symphonies from the great Mravinsky) made this music sound brash and thrusting, with coarse brass playing and a sorry lack of finesse.

Jansons, by contrast, manages to sound Russian but without the coarseness. His tactic with this sprawling, discursive symphony is to make it sound beautiful from bar to bar -- he's almost suave -- and that helps us get past the long rambles Rachmaninov takes in place of real development. The St. Petersburg Phil. gives Jansons a refined sound wihtout over-lushness or exaggerated Hollywood swoons. Some may find this approach a little dry, but I was happy to come ashore. (Rachmaninov always made me a bit seasick in heavy doses.) As a touchstone, compare Jansons' finale, which is rousing without trying to burn the house down, and Svetlanov's famous rendition on Moscow Studio (originally on the state label, Melodiya), which is brash and militaristic.

In all, this is one of the best Rachmaninov Firsts in the catalog, now selling at an irresistible price.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Performance Oct. 1 2009
By C. Kenney - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a very good performance as played by the St. Petersburg Philharmonic. Jansons performs admirably. Sonics are quite good. A very pleasing exhibition by both conductor and orchestra.
5.0 out of 5 stars Rachmaninov Symphony 1 - Janssons Aug. 29 2012
By Peter A - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a fabulous recording of the Rachmaninov first Symphony performed with power and enormous energy
by Janssons and the St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra. And there is the bonus of the Isle of the Dead as
a very substantial compliment to this classic Disc.
2 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars what an elegance! Jan. 17 2006
By Geers - Published on Amazon.com
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This recording is great. Picture a platoon of Kosachs on horses preparing for battle. Ofcourse ther are other romantic isles in this symphonie. Part two I think can make one fall asleep. Der Toteninsel i think is fantastic. It is not positif, but the state of mind is perfectly drawn. Five stars.

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