Rachmaninov First Symphony.


  • Symphony No. 1

This is the third CD release, which completes this series of Rachmaninov’s symphonies; and it also highlights the Russian heritage of conductor Vasily Petrenko.


  • Symphony No. 1 in D minor, Op. 13
  • Prince Rostislav

Performed by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Vasily Petrenko

The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and their terrific music director conclude their Rachmaninov cycle with a rarely heard symphonic poem on the subject of a prince who sacrifices himself to save his family.

Sergei Rachmaninov, himself, was sacrificed at the altar of public opinion after the disappointing premiere of his First Symphony, which has later won recognition as fully characteristic of his free-flowing, yearning lyrical style.

Rachmaninov is perhaps best known for his solo piano compositions, and for his concertos for piano and orchestra. Yet his symphonic works also show us his deeply felt emotional colors and strong abilities in orchestration.

The Financial Times, on November 2, 2013 wrote:

“By treating its melodies with the freedom and flexibility they need, Petrenko and his orchestra tune into its emotional pulse: this is a thrilling performance of an underestimated symphony.”

Here’s a brief Video for your enjoyment:

And next, here is another great work: Vasily Petrenko conducts Rachmaninov’s Symphony No. 3:



Tags: Rachmaninov, Symphony #1, Vasily Petrenko, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra