Notes & Reviews:
"As in his opera recordings, Gergiev gives a strong and well-paced reading. Although he takes what one might think of as a more traditional approach, he brings an appropriate warmth and also possesses considerable command of the architecture." -Penguin Guide
Considered one of the last, great composers of the Russian Romanticism era, Sergei Rachmaninov was a remarkable pianist with a striking gift for melody. Recorded here by the Kirov Orchestra, under the baton of Valery Gergiev, is Rachmaninov's Symphony No. 2.
Gergiev and his solo clarinet player take it to appropriately poetic heights, the rich Philips sound pouring around our ears like melted butter... Gergiev gives it his best shot... it is a levelheaded vision... it sounds spacious, slightly warm, and a touch soft, with a modest stage depth and a lovely ambient bloom. The sound nicely complements the music and Gergiev's interpretation of it, the natural orchestral glow further romanticizing Rachmaninov's rapturous melodies without sacrificing too much detail or definition.
Recording information: Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg (01/1993).
Submitted on 07/16/12 by Allen Cohen
Works DetailsRachmaninov, Sergey : Symphony no 2 in E minor, Op. 27
- Conductor: Valery Gergiev
- Ensemble: Kirov Orchestra
- Running Time: 58 min. 25 sec.
- Period Time: Romantic
- Form: Orchestral
- Written: 1906-1907