4 Songs, 43 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

London’s Philharmonia Orchestra gave Vladimir Ashkenazy his first conducting experience. They’ve remained loyal friends ever since and he’s now their Conductor Laureate. Here, he directs a cracking performance of a highly dynamic work, and draws some wonderfully rich and pungent playing from the orchestra. Symphony No.1 was a disaster at its 1897 premiere and the cause of considerable trauma to Rachmaninov as a result, but there are so many of what we now recognize as the composer’s stylistic fingerprints in this performance.

EDITORS’ NOTES

London’s Philharmonia Orchestra gave Vladimir Ashkenazy his first conducting experience. They’ve remained loyal friends ever since and he’s now their Conductor Laureate. Here, he directs a cracking performance of a highly dynamic work, and draws some wonderfully rich and pungent playing from the orchestra. Symphony No.1 was a disaster at its 1897 premiere and the cause of considerable trauma to Rachmaninov as a result, but there are so many of what we now recognize as the composer’s stylistic fingerprints in this performance.

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