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Recorded live at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, London, on 29 April 2015.
Producer: Andrew Walton, K&A Productions
Engineer: Deborah Spanton,
K&A Productions
Published by Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers Ltd.
Total playing time 59:09
Released February 2016

CD: Rachmaninoff – Symphony No. 3 / 10 Songs

LPO conducted by Vladimir Jurowski

Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 3
Rachmaninoff 10 Songs (arr. Jurowski)

Vladimir Jurowski conductor
Vsevolod Grivnov tenor
London Philharmonic Orchestra

Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 3 exudes an essential Russianness reacting both to the country’s distinctive character and the exiled composer’s nostalgia for the homeland he had left in 1917. Contrastingly, the natural beauty of Rachmaninoff’s country estate, Ivanovka, is evoked in 10 Songs, delicately orchestrated by the grandfather of the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor Vladimir Jurowski. Jurowski conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra in this fascinating combination of works.

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Reviews

‘So this stands with Rachmaninov’s own performance at the top of a long list’.
BBC Music Magazine, April 2016 (5 stars)

‘The care with which Jurowski tends to its every detail has a cumulative effect, making this late romantic symphony sound taut and purposeful. The London Philharmonic Orchestra, played live, plays with colour, verve and exemplary balance’.
Richard Fairman, Financial Times, February 2016 (4 stars)

‘Vladimir Jurowski drawing some delightfully seductive playing from the strings and woodwind’.
Stephen Pritchard, The Observer, February 2016 (4 stars)

‘Jurowski’s spacious, loving yet never overindulgent account of the composer’s last symphony is beautifully played by the LPO in this rapturously received live performance at the Royal Festival Hall’.
The Sunday Times, February 2016

‘These live recordings finely played and boasting an impressive Concertgebouw-like bloom, were in fact made in Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall’.
‘Jurowski ensures that the vocal line is never obscured’.
David Gutman, Gramophone, March 2016

‘The sense of loss and yearning in the music is very palpable in this reading; it is very emotionally involving with a use of portamenti especially in the opening pages’.
‘The songs are a revelation and worth the outlay for this new CD alone’.
Ian Lace, MusicWeb International, March 2016

'There are some distinguished wind solos here from LPO principals’.
Hi-fi news, April 2016

‘So this stands with Rachmaninov’s own performance at the top of a long list’.
BBC Music Magazine, April 2016 (5 stars)

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