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Rachmaninov - Symphony No 2 [CD]

Rachmaninov , Gennadi Rozhdestvensky Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (6 Jun 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Regis Records
  • ASIN: B0009WVEBI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 77,012 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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REG 1210; REGIS - Inghilterra; Classica Orchestrale

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Second to none 15 Feb 2012
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BBC record review marginally preferred Andrew Preview with the same orchestra recorded in the 70s but thoughtfully provided sufficient excerpts from both for the listener to draw their own conclusion. My conclusion was that at the modest price asked I had to have both. Rozhdestvensky's tenure with the BBC SO is still fresh in my memory although it is now decades ago. His all to few commercial recordings are also special. Russian symphonies find him in especially good form and this Rach 2 is about as good as it gets. Rozh certainly wears his heart on his sleeve and extracts every last of emotion. Having heard this you may well find you decide you do not need another recording of the work.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rachmaninov is well served. 3 Oct 2012
By Nic
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This is a really excellent recording, well balanced and as professional as one might expect from such distinguished musicians. A sensitive and perceptive performance that would be a worthwhile addition to any collection of popular music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Russian symphony 6 Nov 2012
By GlynLuke TOP 500 REVIEWER
Rachmaninov himself conducted the premiere of his second symphony in St Petersburg in 1908, ten years before he and his family fled the revolution, eventually making their home in the States. One could be forgiven for assuming this very Russian symphony was composed in their adopted country, so full of nostalgia is it, as if he were anticipating the loss (in more ways than one) of his beloved homeland - though it was in fact composed in Dresden, so there was no doubt a certain tinge of nostalgia involved.
I know of no other symphony so redolent of Russia, its landscape, its vastness, its particular sensibility. There is surely no slow movement in the whole repertoire with such a yearning melody, such a heart-swelling sense of longing.
Rachmaninov can be austere, but he can also be the most lush of composers, wearing heart on sleeve unashamedly. But he is (to my mind - there are plenty who disagree) never twee or mushy. I lived in Ukraine for a few years a while ago, and have seen their version of the steppe, seen the vastnesses of that huge country, known the passions of the people, not so different from those of their massive neighbour.
Rachmaninov`s 2nd is, to me, an evocative expression of the Russian character, and their love of the land called Russia. It is one of the most organically evolving symphonies I know, its orchestration so full of inventive detail and subtle shadings, with plenty of room for this generous music to breathe. Music that swells - and in turn swells the listener`s heart.
On this Regis reissue, Rozhdestvensky and the LSO pull out all the stops, giving us a wildly passionate, finely detailed, intensely colourful rendition of this wonderful work. And yes, the Adagio - in all its yearning, aching beauty - is a glorious fifteen-minute wallow!
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor quality 13 Jun 2013
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Although this recording is good when you can hear it, my CD player has difficulty playing it (unlike any other CD I own), and 9 times out of 10 I cannot get the CD to start.
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