Rachmaninoff: The Isle of the Dead & Symphony No. 1
Leonard Slatkin & Detroit Symphony Orchestra
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||The Isle of the Dead, Op. 29||Leonard Slatkin & Detroit Symphony Orchestra||21:20||Album Only||View In iTunes|
||Symphony No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 13: I. Grave - Allegro ma non troppo - Moderato - Allegro vivace - L'istesso tempo - Allegro molto||Leonard Slatkin & Detroit Symphony Orchestra||13:54||Album Only||View In iTunes|
||Symphony No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 13: II. Allegro animato - Meno mosso - Tempo I||Leonard Slatkin & Detroit Symphony Orchestra||8:26||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Symphony No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 13: III. Larghetto - Piu mosso - Largo un poco - Con moto - Tempo I||Leonard Slatkin & Detroit Symphony Orchestra||9:55||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Symphony No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 13: IV. Allegro con fuoco - Marciale - Con animo - Allegro mosso - Allegro con fuoco - Presto - Largo||Leonard Slatkin & Detroit Symphony Orchestra||12:38||Album Only||View In iTunes|
Keep the Rach coming!
Leonard Slatkin brings equal parts gravitas and passion to his latest recording of Rachmaninoff with the very talented musicians of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. I can't wait for the next Rachmaninoff release from the DSO and Naxos - they help me melt the day's troubles away.
One at a time
There are some things about this CD that I really like. “Ostrov Myortvikh” or “The Isle of the Dead” is very well done. Though the piece is heavily based on the “Dies Irae” motive, it succeeds in not pounding you over the head with it. The sections in 5 were very appealing, but I was hoping Rachmaninov would have clashed the subdivisions every once in a while- if you put something divided into 2+3 over something 3+2 you could get some really cool sounds. Every once in a while there were some raw moments in the orchestra, but whether that’s the players or the orchestration I’m not sure. There’s a moment with the flute and clarinet play an extended passage in unison, and I don’t know if the weirdness is the players or Rachmaninov.
The final piece on the album, Rachmaninov’s First Symphony, is an unfortunate companion to “The Isle of the Dead”. The latter was popular in Rachmaninov’s time, while the former had a disastrous premiere and Rachmaninov didn’t attempt to have it performed again in his lifetime. With that aside, though, the motivic similarities between the two works were distracting. I heard the Dies Irae EVERYWHERE in the symphony, and it made the album as a whole sound a little too homogenous for me. If you took it on its own, it might be more enjoyable. I will keep listening to this album, but probably just one piece at a time.
Born: September 1, 1944 in Los Angeles, CA
Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s
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