This performance of Rachmaninov's second symphony made quite a stir when it was released on vinyl back in 1973 and although that may seem like a generation ago (because it is, sadly!), this newly (1999) re-mastered version succeeds in recapturing the excitement which its original release created. Prior to this recording, Previn and the LSO had toured with the symphony to Russia, where the unexpurgated version had not been heard for years, and it caused a sensation. Listening to this recording, it is not hard to understand why. This is unashamedly beautiful and lyrical music, played by an orchestra and conductor who had no misgivings about whether the music was fashionable or not, and given its full measure of feeling, with great drama and passion. In its newly re-mastered version, it somehow grabs you again, like listening for the first time to the original LP release - and that's no mean compliment, as anyone who bought the LP in the 70s will attest. Great music and an historically important performance. The other items (Vocalise and two pieces from "Aleko") are well done too, but it's the symphony that's the thing! Go on, buy it, you know you won't regret it!