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Currently Music director of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and the Orchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, Antonio Pappano was born in London of Italian parents. At the age of 13 he moved with his family to the United States, where he continued his studies in piano, composition and conducting. Work as a repetiteur and assistant conductor rapidly led to his ... Read more in Amazon's Antonio Pappano Store

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  • Audio CD (7 Mar. 2011)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B004J726XO
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 91,311 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)


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Conductor Antonio Pappano leads Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia on this recording of one of the 20th century’s most thrilling and emotive symphonies, Sergej Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2. This is coupled with Anatoly LIadov’s beautiful tone poem The Enchanted Lake.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Securi Cor on 13 April 2011
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After more than 30 years of waiting here at long last is a recording of Rachmaninov's finest symphony to rival the Previn/LSO from the 1970's, also on EMI. Taken from live concerts, Pappano's overall timings for each movement are remarkably similar to Previn but there are plenty of interpretational differences.

From the very opening phrases Pappano and his Roman orchestra make you instantly aware that this is a truly Russian symphony; the darkly voluptuous string tone that Pappano regularly seems to get from any orchestra is immediately to the fore, as well as the pronounced dynamic swells which beautifully point the interweaving lines. Throughout the movement there are wonderfully controlled fluctuations of tempi that all feel just right while maintaining the forward momentum and fluidity of the writing.
I would buy this recording for the first movement alone but imagine that for most listeners it is the third movement Adagio by which this symphony stands or falls. Here, as with Previn, Pappano takes a broadly elegiac tempo but the dynamic surges give the impression of slightly greater momentum than the former. For me this is perfection. The long-breathed clarinet solo is stunningly played with a full tone that doesn't harden under pressure as with some clarinetists. And the two climaxes are massively realised with immense power and weight...I hesitate to use the word 'orgasmic' but see what you think!
The finale launches with joyously rumbustious energy and again the Roman's full-bodied, red-blooded strings under Pappano blaze and soar through both renditions of the great melody to the most satisfying culmination with the final accelerando not overdone in order to maintain maximum power. The ecstatic roar from the Roman audience was joined by my own whoops of delight!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By I. Giles HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 11 Mar. 2013
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The recordings of these two pieces are derived from two concerts in given in 2009 in Rome. Pappano's Italian orchestra acquit themselves very well as they did earlier in their recording of the Respighi Roman trilogy. The recording is very good with good balances and satisfyingly full ranged. The audience is not really apparent until the end when they erupt in enthusiastic and deserved applause.

Pappano, being a very experienced opera conductor, is very skilled in the art of long term control of tension, its creation, build-up and eventual release. he also has a deep understanding of textural matters. All of these things conspire to create a performance of power, of dark Russian undercurrents and blazing climaxes. The symphony concludes particularly excitingly. One should comment that the long clarinet solo in the slow movement sands comparison with the best alternatives.

This is a symphony that I have many recordings of and have also disposed of several too. Ashkenazy and Svetlanov, in his much better second recording for Warner, both deliver far more overtly passionate performances, red in tooth and claw one could say. Previn luxuriates in sweeping string tone but this is at the expense of the brass, heard to much better effect on Pappano's disc surprisingly (the LSO brass having something of a reputation but recorded too backwardly). Bychkov on DVD also gives a passionate performance with particularly good sound - DVDs have a greater file size and this gives better sound potential. Otaka gives a thoughtful and well played performance that yields its pleasures over several listenings but ultimately lacks sheer passion, certainly the first time it's heard. Litton's performance is also satisfying but not a real front runner.
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The Second Symphony was one of the first classical works that I purchased on CD many years ago, as a clueless teenager groping for classical sustenance in an internet-free world. Truthfully it fell by the wayside over the intervening years, but after reading a glowing review of this release I decided to update my collection. And I am very glad I did, this is a fantastic version of a piece with deep sentimental resonance for me, and has ensured that I listen to it at least once a week since. The Enchanted Lake makes for a charming accompaniment too
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