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After the disastrous failure of its première in 1897, Rachmaninov’s youthfully exuberant Symphony No. 1 had to wait until after his death before it was reconstructed from the surviving orchestral parts and performed again, in Moscow in 1945. Since then it has taken its rightful place as one of the great Russian symphonic works of the late nineteenth century. The Isle of the Dead, Op. 29 is a vivid and powerful symphonic poem based on a well-known nineteenth century painting by the Swiss symbolist artist Arnold Böcklin.
Internationally renowned conductor Leonard Slatkin is currently Music Director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and of the Orchestre National de Lyon and Principal Guest Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. He is also the author of a new book entitled Conducting Business.
|1. Ostrov myortvikh (The Isle of the Dead), Op. 29|
|2. Symphony No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 13: I. Grave - Allegro ma non troppo - Moderato - Allegro vivace - L'istesso tempo - Allegro molto|
|3. Symphony No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 13: II. Allegro animato - Meno mosso - Tempo I|
|4. Symphony No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 13: III. Larghetto - Piu mosso - Largo un poco - Con moto - Tempo I|
|5. Symphony No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 13: IV. Allegro con fuoco - Marciale - Con animo - Allegro mosso - Allegro con fuoco - Presto - Largo|