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     S. Rachmaninov began work on his first symphony in D minor, Op. 13 in January of 1895 and finished the score on August 30 of the same year.  The Symphony was premiered on March 15, 1987 in St. Petersburg.  The conductor was A. Glazunov.  Unfortunately, the Symphony was not a success.  The author decided never to perform it in the future.
     Fifty years later the score was restored.  It was performed for the second time on October 17, 1945, at the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory by the USSR Symphony Orchestra under A. Gauk.
     The plot of the Symphony is a man’s struggle with fatal forces.
     S. Rachmaninov began work on his fantasia "The Rock", Op. 7 in the summer of 1893.  It was first performed on March 20, 1894 under V. Safonov.  The fantasia was dedicated to N. Rimsky-Korsakov and doubtlessly was written under the influence of his composition and M. Lermontov’s poem "The Rock".

S. Rachmaninov
Symphony #1
In D minor. Op.13

  1. Grave. Allegro ma non troppo – 12:55
  2. Allegro animato – 8:21
  3. Larghetto – 10:17
  4. Allegro con fuoco – 12:14
  5. The Rock  (Fantasia for Large Symphony Orchestra), Op. 7 - 14:47

Total time – 58:43

The Moscow Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra
Conductor Dmitri Kitaenko