Rachmaninov Symphony #1

This is a new recording of the Rachmaninov Symphony No. 1 in D minor, Op. 13, performed by the Philharmonia Orchestra, Vladimir Ashkenazy conducting.

Marking their latest collaboration with their conductor laureate Vladimir Ashkenazy, the Philharmonia return to disc with a live-performance of Rachmaninov’s volcanic Symphony No.1 in D Minor.

Composed when Rachmaninov was just 22, the work has a famously tumultuous performance history. The work’s premiere in 1897 – conducted by Glazunov – was a disaster, generating vitriolic abuse from critics and reviewers of the day. Rachmaninov destroyed the score and refused the work’s publication during his lifetime; it was not heard again until its reconstruction from solo parts by Soviet Musicologists for a concert in 1945.

This is the first release in a new series of Rachmaninov’s symphonies, conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy in live performances with the Philharmonia Orchestra.

Here is the Rachmaninov Symphony number 1:

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