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Rachmaninoff anthology by Pletnev

Sergei Rachmaninoff: Symphony #1, Op. 13
Symphony #2, Op. 27
Symphony #3, Op. 44
The Rock, Op. 7
The Bells, Op. 35 1,2
The Isle of the Dead, Op. 29 2
Symphonic Dances, Op. 45
Sergei Taneyev: Cantata “John of Damascus”, Op. 12

Marina Mescheriakova, soprano
Sergei Larin, tenor
Vladimir Chernov, baritone
Moscow State Chamber Choir
Russian National Orchestra/Mikhail Pletnev
Deutsche Grammophon 4779505 4CDs DDD

Rachmaninoff

Rachmaninoff anthology by Pletnev

This reissue assembles virtually all major symphonic works of Sergei Rachmaninoff in a 4-CD box – his three symphonies but also his symphonic poems The Rock, The Isle of the Dead, the Symphonic Dances and The Bells (the youth symphony and Prince Rostislav are missing, but instead a rarity from Sergei Taneyev, his cantata John of Damascus, Op. 1, is included as a bonus) and is available at a temptingly competitive price. The discs were recorded and released separately over a time span of almost seven years by Mikhail Pletnev and his Russian National Orchestra. Starting in 1993, it contains some of the pianist-turned-conductor’s earliest efforts on the rostrum.
Read the full review on Classical Net