Notes & Reviews:
The first release in Valery Gergiev's Rachmaninov symphony cycle features a magnificent performance of the Symphony No. 2, recorded in September 2008 at the Barbican. This vast work was composed when Rachmaninov was at the pinnacle of his careers as composer, pianist and conductor. Filled with emotion and brimming with beautiful melodies, it is a masterpiece and the epitome of the Romantic symphony. The recording features the complete version of the symphony and will be followed in future years by the first and third symphonies as well as the Symphonic Dances.
"The music unfolds - that's a big word of praise in my mind. It sounds utterly natural. It never seems driven or manipulated to make an effect...The sound says SACD, but my player refused to believe it, and the "CD" light remained lit thru the whole thing. If I was hearing CD rather than SACD, I can only say that it was still gorgeous sound (recorded in concert at the Barbican, but with no applause and no audience noise at all). This is so good I had to take out all the top recordings and see if it belongs with them...I think this is the best-sounding Rachmaninoff 2 ever to come along." - American Record Guide
Gergiev has the sensibility to put on the pressure and to foster flexibility as the natural contours of the music demand... [He] has a feel for the romantic urgency of the music as well as its lyrical impulse and the LSO responds as if its life depends on it.
Recording information: Barbican, London (09/20/2008-09/21/2008).
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Works DetailsRachmaninov, Sergei : Symphony no 2 in E minor, Op. 27
- Conductor: Valery Gergiev
- Notes: Barbican, London (09/20/2008-09/21/2008)
- Running Time: 60 min. 10 sec.
- Period Time: Post Romantic
- Form: Orchestral
- Written: 1906-1907