RACHMANINOFF: Philadelphia Orchestra EUGENE ORMANDY, Conductor Disc 1 - - Symphony No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 13. - Symphony No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 27 (Beginning) Almost as good is the third, painted in bold colors. Vasily Petrenko's recent release shows that there is more substance and subtlety to be found in this neglected work, but Ormandy seizes the day for sheer excitement and gorgeous sonorities. It's ironic that the most ordinary reading is of the Second, since Ormandy made a name conducting it, but now we get uncut versions from conductors who are more vigorous and involved. by comparison, this recording skates over the surface too easily.
The Symphonic Dances, Op. 45, is an orchestral suite in three movements. Completed in 1940, it is Sergei Rachmaninoff's last composition. The Symphonic Dances allowed him to indulge in a nostalgia for the Russia he had known, much as he had done in the Third Symphony, as well as to effectively sum up his lifelong fascination with ecclesiastical chants. In the first dance, he quotes the opening theme of his First Symphony, itself derived from motifs characteristic of Russian church music.
Eugene Ormandy, Philadelphia Orchestra –Carmina Burana III. Cour d'amours - Veni. :28. Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy –The Messiah. Itzhak Orchestra/Eugene Ormandy –Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in D Major, O. 3:18. Eugene Ormandy –Cantata Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BW. :01.