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Rachmaninoff: Symphony No 2 – LSO Live

Rachmaninoff: Symphony No 2

  • Release date: 19 March 2021
    LSO0851 | 0822231185123

    1 disc in jewel case
    Booklet in English, French & German
    SACD incl.stereo | multi-channel 5.1

    Producer: Andrew Cornall
    Engineers: Classic Sound
    Recorded Barbican Hall, London
    September 2019

  • Performance ★★★★★ / Recording ★★★★
    ‘Not only does it feature superior orchestral playing, but Rattle’s wonderfully fluid approach, his magisterial control of rubato and keen sensitivity to all the different colours in this opulently scored work all combine to produce an interpretation that keeps you engaged from the first bar to last.’
    – BBC Music Magazine

    – Audiophile Audition

    This is a richly enjoyable performance of Rachmaninoff’s great symphony. Simon Rattle is a highly persuasive advocate for the score while the playing of the orchestra is fully worthy of the LSO’s distinguished tradition with this work.
    – MusicWeb-International.com

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Sir Simon Rattle
London Symphony Orchestra 

One of Rachmaninoff’s most popular pieces, the Second Symphony is an indulgently melancholic and sentimental work: a magic box of the late-Romantic orchestra. Dramatic sections played by the full orchestra contrast heart-breaking swells that only this composer could have written. 

The LSO has a long history with the Second Symphony, recording it many times with conductors such as André Previn, Gennady Rozhdestvensky and Valery Gergiev. For this recording, which was captured during the opening of the London Symphony Orchestra's 2019/20 season at the Barbican Hall, the Orchestra's Music Director Sir Simon Rattle conducted from memory, performing the uncut version of this symphonic treasure. 

Serge Rachmaninoff
Conductor   Sir Simon Rattle

London Symphony Orchestra

Track list

1. Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27: I. Largo - Allegro moderato
2. Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27: II. Allegro molto
3. Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27: III. Adagio
4. Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27: IV. Allegro vivace

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