Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943)

Started by Chaszz, December 10, 2009, 04:35:52 PM

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No. 1 is absolutely incredible!


No.1 is possibly my favourite of the large scale works. Which makes the mess of the premiere all the more tragic.
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Agreed, No.1 is certainly my favourite of the symphonies and one of Rachmaninov's large scale works I love most too, really fiery, mesmerizing and expressively dramatic; I've always found it more suggestive and original than No.2, which seems more influenced by Tchaikovsky's music.
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One of my best memories is visiting a Music store, when I was a teenager in high school, and finding both Rachmaninov's Symphony #1 in full score and the Deryk Cooke edition of Mahler's Symphony #10, also in full score, for a very cheap price ($3.00 or so, which was more than two hours of work (typical wage for teenagers was $1.40 an hour), but I was willing to pay it!

Yes, The First Symphony of The Rach was and will remain an all-around fave!
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