The NPR is completing the Rachmaninoff Music Audio Collection

In April, Vladimir Spivakov and the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia are completing the many-years labors of recording symphonic works by Sergei Rachmaninoff. The multimedia set, which will contain all his Symphonies and Piano Concertos (also the “Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini”), “Symphonic Dances” and “Three Russian Songs”, will be released to the composer's 150th anniversary in April 2023. The piano part in all Concertos is played by Alexander Romanovsky, while the “Three Russian Songs” recording was made together with the Academic Grand Choir “Masters of Choral Singing” led by Lev Kontorovich.
This program is particularly important for the NPR's Artistic Director, and the Orchestra sees its special mission in reviving the interest in the cultural inheritance of the country. 'Performing works by our great compatriots, we serve for the country, for its esteem and image,' says Vladimir Spivakov. - 'Our culture cannot be comprehended without Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Schnittke, Gubaidulina. Russia can and should be proud of their names. All our magnificent music must be known as the Gospel!' Rachmaninoff is for Vladimir Spivakov one of the most beloved and significant composers, a “guiding star”. 'In his times he was underestimated as a composer, not appreciated as a conductor, regarded only as an outstanding pianist,' says the Maestro. 'Today, gradually, we are coming to understand that Rachmaninoff's music is a mysterious universe filled with grandeur and endless secrets yet to be revealed to people.'
The recording was made at the Moscow Performing Arts Center in 2015-2016 with the assistance of the well-known sound engineer and producer Philipp Nedel and his b-sharp Studio.
The VTB Bank is the Orchestra's partner (sponsor) in this project.

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