Soundbite 60: A sixty-word précis-review of the latest CD releases

Rachmaninov
Symphony No.1 in D minor, Op.13
The Rock – Fantasia, Op.7
L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Walter Weller

Symphony recorded in August 1972 in Victoria Hall, Geneva; The Rock recorded in October 1974 in Kingsway Hall, London
CD No: DECCA ELOQUENCE
476 7724
Duration: 63 minutes
Reviewed: December 2006
Still one of the best ‘Rach 1s’, the Suisse Romande Orchestra post-Ansermet playing with weight, spirit and brilliance. Decca’s analogue sound – a superb LP – has terrific impact and clarity. The majestic opening of the finale used to introduce the BBC’s “Panorama” – Weller brings it off with panache – and the closing pages are suitably cataclysmic. The Rock relays a vivid narrative.

 

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