© 2008 London Philharmonic Orchestra Ltd
℗ 2008 London Philharmonic Orchestra Ltd
Recorded live at Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall on 8 December 2007
Publishers: Warner Chappell Music Ltd (Bax); Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers Ltd (Rachmaninov)
Total playing time 53:13
Released November 2008
CD: Vänskä conducts Rachmaninov and Bax
LPO conducted by Osmo VänskäRachmaninov Symphony No. 3
Osmo Vänskä conductor
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Vesselin Gellev leader
Osmo Vänskä conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra in thrilling live recordings of works by Bax and Rachmaninov, two composers renowned for their sweeping romanticism. As his tone-poem unfolds, Bax’s music evokes legendary images of Tintagel whilst also reflecting a passionate love affair. Similarly, Rachmaninov’s third and most expressive symphony is a work of intense lyricism, unified by a melancholic and emotional melody.
'Vänskä’s account of the Third Symphony is a marvel of measured, uninflated eloquence.'
Paul Driver, The Sunday Times, 23 November 2008
'Vänskä and the LPO are firing on all cylinders in this invigorating live pairing … His Tintagel has real fire in its belly allied to a surging momentum, and he uncovers many a fleck of exquisite detail within Bax’s endlessly resourceful and wondrously evocative scoring … The Rachmaninov (complete with exposition repeat in the first movement) is just as involving … A strongly recommendable issue.'
Andrew Achenbach, Gramophone, March 2009