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Sergey Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 2; Vocalise

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>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Songs (14), Op. 34
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Symphony no 2 in E minor, Op. 27

Album Summary

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Songs (14), Op. 34
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Symphony no 2 in E minor, Op. 27
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Notes & Reviews:

In the wake of his 'First Symphony's' catastrophic premiere, Rachmaninov took a decade before commencing his 'Second', painstakingly revising it before conducting the triumphant premiere in 1908. Although haunted, like his 'First', by the 'Dies irae' chant melody, the 'Second Symphony' brims with Rachmaninov's revitalized assurance as a composer, from its brooding opening to the vigorous grandeur of its conclusion. Eric Carmen borrowed the third movement's poignant theme for his popular song 'Never Gonna Fall In Love Again', a tribute to the enduring power of Rachmaninov's Romantic genius.

"Well-played and with a recorded sound that faithfully reproduces the distinctive blend of richness and subtlety in Rachmaninoff's orchestration, the performance is pliable but unexaggerated, poignant and powerful...there is a genuine heart and soul to it as well." -The Telegraph ****

"...here is a performance warmed by musicians who clearly love this symphony. On the whole this is a very 'straight' account, Slatkin only occasionally 'point-making'...but generally his tempos seem so sympathetically chosen that the music speaks eloquently" -BBC Music Magazine ****

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Orchestra Hall, the home of the Detroit Symphony Orches (09/24/2009-09/27/2009).



Reviews

Captivating performance! A MUST buy!
Under the baton of Leonard Slatkin, Sergei Rachmaninovís Symphony No. 2 in E minor comes alive. From the very opening motive in the basses Slatkin and the DSO demonstrate their understanding of the internal momentum of the symphony. While, overall, the performance is captivating, their interpretation of both the first and third movements in particular is stunning. The first movement is rife with internal tension that continually builds and releases at just the right moment. The phrasing in both is gorgeous, and the violins soar through the brilliantly paced crescendos. The final movement opens with excitement and energy and drives forward to the final chord and the ovation from the audience. It would have been something special to be in the audience for this performance and thank you to NAXOS for capturing it for a lifetime of repeated listening! And, we cannot forget the CD opener: Rachmaninovís Vocalise, Op. 34, No. 14. Perhaps one of the composerís most famous and most often interpreted works, Slatkin and the DSO revealed a whole new depth to this popular composition. The opening statement of the principal melody extends beautifully like one long sigh floating through air. Each soloing instrument draws out a slightly different shade of meaning, whether itís the fragility of the violin or the calmness of the clarinet. Slatkin draws forth a balance of the calm serenity in the long lines of the melody and swelling intensity in the sudden burst of movement in the developmental section. This is, perhaps, my favorite performance of the Vocalise, and one that I think every Rachmaninov enthusiast should have on their shelves!
Submitted on 03/04/10 by Em 
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>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Songs (14), Op. 34
  • Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
  • Notes: Orchestra Hall, the home of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Detroit, USA (09/24/2009-09/27/2009)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Symphony no 2 in E minor, Op. 27
  • Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
  • Notes: Orchestra Hall, the home of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Detroit, USA (09/24/2009-09/27/2009)
  • Running Time: 53 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1906-1907