The Rubinstein/Reiner recording of the Rachmaninoff Second has always been one of my favorites-I have it in two different LP issues, and also on an early CD release-so I am probably prejudiced by so many repeated hearings. Compared to other recordings, such as Cliburn/Reiner, this one does indeed flow a little faster, but to describe it as "alarmingly fast," as one of your reviewers did, seems inappropriate. It is worth noting, in fact, that Rubinstein's recording is actually SLOWER than Rachmaninoff's own recording reissued on Naxos. It is typically Rubinstein (at least to my experience), in that Rubinstein (and Reiner) do not distort the overall structure of the work by swooning over the music. Rubinstein is subtle; his recordings grow on you with repeated listening. For example, on first hearing his stereo recording of the Chopin nocturnes, I was disappointed at what I thought was his failure to emphasize certain passages; as I became more familiar with the recordings, however, I realized that he was in fact very much aware of those passages, but he never indulged them to the point that they destroyed the structure as a whole. Comparing his recordings of the Second with Rachmaninoff's, I find that not only is he a little bit slower than Rachmaninoff, but he also lets the music relax where it needs to, even more so than Rachmaninoff. Coupled with my favorite recording of the Paganini variations, I highly recommend this issue.