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

Rachmaninov
Symphony No.2 in E minor, Op.27
The Isle of the Dead, Op.29
L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
Paul Kletzki

Concertgebouw Orchestra
Vladimir Ashkenazy

Symphony recorded August 1967 in Victoria Hall, Geneva; The Isle of the Dead recorded January 1983 in the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
CD No: DECCA ELOQUENCE 470 6752
Duration: 74 minutes
Reviewed: January 2007
An ardent and impulsive account of the now-so-popular Second Symphony finds Paul Kletzki’s meticulousness melding seamlessly into his Slavic projection of Rachmaninov’s darkly passionate score, the Suisse Romande Orchestra responding with anything but Swiss neutrality. Lovely sound that reminds of the glory days of the SXL LP. Ashkenazy’s (digital) Isle of the Dead shimmers in half-lights until the coruscating climax.

 

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