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Evgeny Svetlanov

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RACHMANINOV
Symphony No.2
Philharmonia Orchestra/Svetlanov
ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL, LONDON, 15 MARCH 1993
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BERNSTEIN
Candide Overture
LSO/Svetlanov
USHER HALL, EDINBURGH FESTIVAL, 28 AUGUST 1978

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The 10th anniversary of the distinguished Russian conductor Evgeny Svetlanov's death was celebrated in May 2012 when ICA Classics released a coupling of Rachmaninov's The Bells - Svetlanov's last concert, and Prokofiev's Alexander Nevsky, two composers very closely associated with the conductor. Rachmaninov was by his own account, Svetlanov's favourite composer and this new 'live' recording of his Symphony No.2 from the Royal Festival Hall in 1993 with the Philharmonia Orchestra appears here for the first time. The recording is in excellent stereo and Svetlanov was at his most exciting when caught live. To complete the CD is a rare 'live' stereo recording of Svetlanov conducting Leonard Bernstein's brilliant Candide Overture from the Edinburgh Festival in 1978. Svetlanov never recorded this in the studio and has never been issued before. ICA has received wonderful reviews for Svetlanov's recordings of Tchaikovsky's Symphony No.1 and Stravinsky's Firebird Ballet (ICAC 5007), Shostakovich Symphony No.10 (ICAC 5036) and most recently Rachmaninov's The Bells and Prokofiev's Alexander Nevsky (ICAC 5069).

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SERGEI RACHMANINOV 1873–1943

Symphony No.2 in E minor op.27

1 I Largo – Allegro moderato 19.35

2 II Allegro molto – Meno mosso – Tempo I 10.18

3 III Adagio 15.58

4 IV Allegro vivace 13.07

 

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LEONARD BERNSTEIN 1918–1990

 

5 Candide – Overture* 4.48

 

Philharmonia Orchestra · *London Symphony Orchestra

 

EVGENY SVETLANOV

Recorded: Royal Festival Hall, London, 15 March 1993 (Rachmaninov);

Usher Hall, Edinburgh Festival, 28 August 1978 (Bernstein)

Rachmaninov- Symphony No.2 - IV Allegro vivace

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Martin Kendrick
09/Aug/2013

“The Philharmonia trumpet section makes its presence felt in the glowing, unbuckled Allegro vivace finale, a sweeping yet entirely vocal concept whose colossal scale and heartfelt lyricism provide an enduring impact. The magnificent peroration elicits a wave, a torrent of appreciation from a rapt, nearly apoplectic audience.”

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