Rachmaninov’s Second Symphony

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Rachmaninov
Symphony No.2 in E minor, Op.27
The Isle of the Dead, Op.29

Reviewed by: Colin Anderson

Reviewed: January 2007
CD No: DECCA ELOQUENCE 470 6752
Duration: 74 minutes

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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