I heard a sample of this performance on Classic FM and was immediately impressed by the care taken over the complex detail of the piece. Checking the reviews on Amazon, I hesitated to purchase, as there seemed to be a divergence of opinion. Then my son bought me the CD for Christmas - thanks Lau, this is simply brilliant. The performance is Rachmaninov for listeners who want more than just the big themes. The LSO is well-balanced, the strings soaring when necessary but not dominating, the brass section a bright punctuation where required, and the clarity to hear, for example, some fine tuba playing. In the well-known slow movement, the opening string ritornello is kept under control, so that it can return with differing emphasis throughout the movement, and so that one wistfully lonely clarinet can set the tone of the movement. There are some unusual modulations of tempo, but they work, and the sheer pace and energy of the final passage fair takes the breath away. There is plenty of sumptuous, heart-tugging Rachmaninov on the market: it is good to hear a performance that does the composer credit by allowing the subtle complexities of this symphony to come to the fore. Now would Georgiev and the LSO be so kind as to record the Symphonic Dances, please?