Rachmaninoff: Symphony No 2
Catalogue Number LSO0677
James Mallinson producer
Jonathan Stokes and Neil Hutchinson for Classic Sound Ltd sound engineers
Recorded September 2008, Barbican, London
DSD (Direct Stream Digital) recording
Notes in English / en français / auf Deutsch
Gramophone Magazine’s Editor’s Choice
'This Rachmaninov finds the London Symphony Orchestra warm and irresistibly propulsive ... Gergiev has a feel for the romantic urgency of the music as well as its lyrical impulse.'
***** ‘Gergiev seems to communicate a darker side to this music.’
***** 'The sweep of emotion that runs through all four movements is as polished as it is inexorable. The opening movement unfolds like an inbound tide, the waves of voluptuous sound building with a potency that is rich and sonorous. Contrast that with the heightened energy of the second movement, the familiar glow of the Adagio, and the fiery control of the finale, and you have a performance with Gergiev's fingerprint all over it.'
'Breathtakingly beautiful string playing. I greedily anticipate the release of the other symphonies in due course.’
International Record Review
‘Gergiev brings a brooding intensity to the first movement, a heartfelt, light-pierced inwardness, that speaks of a profound understanding of the score… There’s a rapport between conductor and orchestra that makes for a spellbinding experience.’
'As you would expect with the charismatic Valery Gergiev on the conductor's platform, this performance of Rachmaninov's opulent symphony is full of long sweeping gestures, at times a little moody, but packed full of the feel of spontaneity that comes from a "live" recording. He allows the slow movement ample time to beguile the ears and turns up the heat for an exciting finale. The London Symphony respond perfectly to his many subtle rhythmic infections, the playing in the superlative class. Good sound generous in detail.'
‘A wonderful new LSO Live recording.’
‘A fine performance, well engineered.’
Valery Gergiev, London Symphony Orchestra
Rachmaninoff's vast Second Symphony was composed when he was at the pinnacle of his career as a composer, pianist and conductor. Filled with emotion and brimming with beautiful melodies, it is a masterpiece and the epitome of the Romantic symphony. It is presented here in its entirety.
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2. Symphony No 2: II. Allegro molto
3. Symphony No 2: III. Adagio
4. Symphony No 2: IV. Allegro Vivace