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Rachmaninov: Symphony No.2 (Symphony No.2/ Vocalise Op. 34 No. 14) [CD]

Leonard Slatkin Audio CD
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  • Conductor: Slatkin
  • Composer: Rachmaninov
  • Audio CD (4 Jan 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B002WEC73K
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 244,977 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. 14 Songs, Op. 34: No. 14. Vocalise (arr. for orchestra) 6:36£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Symphony No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 27: I. Largo - Allegro moderato18:04Album Only
Listen  3. Symphony No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 27: II. Allegro molto 8:56Album Only
Listen  4. Symphony No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 27: III. Adagio13:28Album Only
Listen  5. Symphony No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 27: IV. Allegro vivace13:20Album Only


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''Slatkin's live performance with the DSO which really held attention…here is a performance warmed by musicians who clearly love this symphony… hearing his performance one is convinced that his musicians are truly inside the music emotionally.'' --BBC Music Magazine

''Well played and with a recorded sound that faithfully reproduces the distinctive blend of richness and subtlety in Rachmaninoff s orchestration, the performance is pliable but unexaggerated, poignant and powerful.'' --The Daily Telegraph, 16th January 2010

''The Detroit Symphony has always been a better ensemble than its reputation would suggest, and there's much to admire here too: the brass playing is generally excellent (the stopped horns are especially effective), and the strings manage to provide sweetness without cloying….well worth your attention.'' --International Record Review

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Detroit Symphony Orchestra - Leonard Slatkin, direction

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0 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing to get excited about 1 July 2011
Format:Audio CD
Fairly well performed but a somewhat boring performance in decent sound. I expected better from Slatkin. Save your money for one of the really great recordings of this glorious work. Go for either or both Temirkanov or Previn, both on EMI. Ashkenazy is a good but trailing third choice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars They're back! 27 Jan 2010
By Ryan Richards - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
What a coup for Naxos to land Slatkin and the Detroit Symphony in their roster! And how nice it is to hear my home-state orchestra recording again, starting things off the right way with a killer Rach 2.

I've heard two other recordings of this symphony: The echt-Russian Temirkanov reading that impressed me with its intensity, and the Ashkenazy recording that was notable for the way it caressed individual moments within the larger framework. Slatkin charts a third course, focusing on generating an unwavering forward momentum in each movement. This doesn't necessarily mean he's faster than the rest (though he does shave a minute off Temirkanov's already quick timing in the Scherzo); he just keeps his focus on the long line of each movement and refuses to let the symphony bog down in its own weight. Playing snippets of this new recording against either of the other two recordings above doesn't work to the newcomer's advantage; played straight through, however, Slatkin's reading ends up being more compelling than either of them. He manages to weave this sometimes sprawling work into a coherent whole, and the "rightness" and confidence of his vision, coupled with the top-shelf playing of the DSO, make this warhorse symphony sound new again. That's as good a definition of a classical-music success as I can think of, and I'm proud to add this recording to my shelf alongside the other two.

(This is a live recording, but the well-behaved audience is virtually silent until they explode after the last note. It's the perfect cap to a wonderful performance.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Performance - Must Have! 27 Jan 2010
By Thomas Kukla - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Being a DSO supporter, listener, and follower since the 1950's, I must admit the rejuvenated Maestro Slatkin (recently recovered from a heart attack) has turned in a winning performance of the Rachmaninov 2nd symphony with beautiful playing by, I believe, one of the finest American orchestras today, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra! The 3rd movement, in particular, is played with wonderful phrasing and sonority.
Bravo! to this performance, one that I MUST give only the highest recommendation of hearing and owning if Rachmaninov is your "cup of tea".
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Rachmaninov from the Motor City 8 Jan 2012
By R. Michael Gray - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Leonard Slatkin recorded a good cycle with the St. Louis Symphony back in the mid-eighties on the Vox label. At the time St. Louis was as good as any orchestra in the country. What Slatkin did not have was the wonderful sound and engineering found on this recording. This is an outstanding recording in every aspect. In fact, this is one of the best engineered recordings from Naxos that I have heard. The interpretation is idiomatic and the playing by the Detroit Symphony can match the top ensembles. The more I play this recording the more it moves closer to the top of my list. Two other recordings that are comparable are Ashkenazy and the Concertgebouw and Lopez-Cobos with Cincinnati. But this recording is as good as those if not better. The tempi are just right in every movement and every section of the orchestra sounds marvelous. This recording also includes a beautiful rendition of Vocalise where again, the strings sound wonderful. I would be very interested in hearing more Rachmaninov from this team. Even if you have several recordings of this piece this recording belongs in your library.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best 18 Dec 2012
By J. R. Trtek - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Some time ago I met rendition on EMI by Andre Previn and the London Symmphony of this work and have never felt inclined to look elsewhere for a satisfying performance. This recording had garnered some comment, however, and at the Naxos price I felt I might as well take the plunge. While I don't think that Slatkin and his forces outdo Previn and his, this release is nonetheless very worthwhile, and if you aren't neurotic about acquiring the alleged "best" performance of anything, and if price is a factor, then this album is one you should pick up and consider a keeper. There's all the lushness, energy and Romantic overkill that you might hope for, all kept on a sufficiently taut leash so that it doesn't devolve into a formless mess. The No. 14 Vocalise, not an uncommon companion to the symphony, has adequate doses of smooth yearning to make it a successful rendering as well. While I still give the Previn first place in my own limited experience, I don't think you can go wrong with this disc either. Recommended.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Detroit Symphony & Slatkin 4 Nov 2010
By Samuel D. Thomas - Published on Amazon.com
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I lived in Michigan when Paray was conductor of the Detroit Symphony. I was too dumb then to know how good it was. This recording with the new conductor, Slatkin, in their old Symphony Hall is really good and won't disappoint anyone. At the same time, the Previn/Royal Philharmonic recording won't either. The sonics of the Telarc eclipse those of this Naxos.
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