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Edo de Waart - Rachmaninov, Mussorgsky, Prokofiev: Orchestral Works (CD 3 TO 4 DISC SET)

Edo de Waart - Rachmaninov, Mussorgsky, Prokofiev: Orchestral Works (CD 3 TO 4 DISC SET)

Edo de Waart - Rachmaninov, Mussorgsky, Prokofiev: Orchestral Works (CD 3 TO 4 DISC SET)

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Edo de Waart - Rachmaninov, Mussorgsky, Prokofiev: Orchestral Works (CD 3 TO 4 DISC SET)

A newly compiled, generous 4CD collection of high-octane Russian orchestral masterpieces, celebrating the hundredth anniversary of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and the firebrand musicianship of Dutch maestro Edo de Waart.

'In my profession,' remarked Edo de Waartin a 1990 interview, 'you need the affronteryto believe you have an alternative with something to say that isn't already being said. Without this sort of gall 95 per cent of us should quit.'

His intensely practical and dynamic approach was formed by experience as an orchestral oboist, taught by the principal oboe of the Concertgebouw Orchestra in the days of Willem Mengelberg, nurtured by seeing Eduard van Beinumin action and further encouraged by Bernard Haitink: de Waarthas the history of the Concertgebouw running through his veins. 'I think people regarded me as a second Mengelberg, and I was very sure that I wasn't.' However, it was as chief of the rival Rotterdam Philharmonic that the conductor made his mark, in a series of recordings for Philips that played to his strengths in Romantic repertoire.

The conductor had earlier confessed to an initial reluctance to engage with the idiom of Rachmaninov. 'Then I conducted the [Symphonic Dances]in Rotterdam several times, and suddenly I became very fond of it. I think his music grows on you as you get rid of the "honey and roses" view of him that you first learn. You must play him asstrongly as the Russians used to do.' In fact he recorded the Symphonic Dances with the London Philharmonic in 1972, but the following year he made his debut LP in Rotterdam with a personal, LP-length selection of excerptsfrom Prokofiev's ballet Romeo and Juliet. There followed in December 1974 the Mussorgsky Picturesand then these powerfully built, authentically volatile accounts of the Rachmaninov symphonies between 1976 and 1978: recordings that made de Waart'sreputation and still stand up well to the competition today.

'The Philips engineers, working in the Rotterdam orchestra's fine de Doelenhall, have gone out of their way to provide sound that is not just spectacular but wonderfully weighted and rounded.' Gramophone, November 1975 (Mussorgsky)

'De Waart'slithe, compact reading dovetails with Ormandy's compelling Columbia of 1967... The Rotterdam players… play with razor-sharp precision and gleaming, transparent tone, imparting an unexpected freshness, and minimizing the grandiosity.' Fanfare, March April 1980 (Symphony No.1)

'Edo de Waart'sreading is attractively volatile, bringing out the music's freshness. With generally fast tempi the effect is emotionally lightweight, although the slow movement is very beautiful and the refined orchestral playing is naturally expressive throughout. The recording is full and well balanced.' Penguin Guide to Records, 1982 (Symphony No.2)


CD 1


1–4Symphony No. 1 in D minor, Op. 13

5The Rock, Op. 7

Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra

6Caprice Bohémien, Op. 12*

London Philharmonic Orchestra

CD 2

1–4Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 2

5The Isle of the Dead, Op. 29

Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra

CD 3

1–3Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 44



4–18Pictures at an Exhibition

Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra

CD 4


1–3Symphonic Dances, Op. 45*

London Philharmonic Orchestra


4–14Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64

Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra

Edo de Waart


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Release Date 6 Jul 2018
Brand N/A
Artist Edo de Waart
Title Rachmaninov, Mussorgsky, Prokofiev: Orchestral Works
Format CD 3 TO 4 DISC SET
Packaging -
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