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Rachmaninov
‘Youth’ Symphony in D minor
Symphony No.3 in A minor, Op.44
Piano Concerto No.4 in G minor, Op.40
Concertgebouw Orchestra
Vladimir Ashkenazy [Youth]

L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
Paul Kletzki

Vladimir Ashkenazy (piano)
London Symphony Orchestra
André Previn

Youth Symphony recorded in September 1981 in Grote Zaal, Concertgebouw, Amsterdam; Symphony No.3 recorded in September 1968 in Victoria Hall, Geneva; Piano Concerto No.4 recorded in November 1971 in Kingsway Hall, London
CD No: DECCA ELOQUENCE 476 7692
Duration: 78 minutes
Reviewed: December 2006
An excellent introduction to Rachmaninov’s ‘late’ music – the symphony and concerto are masterpieces: music of gut passion, striking invention and colour, and orchestrated with wonderful sophistication. Kletzki finds the symphony’s yearning and volatility, and Ashkenazy and Previn appreciate the drive, emotion and refinement of Rachmaninov’s greatest piano concerto. The 18-year-old composer’s ‘Youth’ movement finds Rachmaninov in Borodin and Tchaikovsky mode.

 

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