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Rachmaninov: Symphony No, 2 - Rattle

Rachmaninov: Symphony No, 2 - Rattle

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Classical - Orchestral


Rachmaninov: Symphony No, 2

London Symphony Orchestra
Sir Simon Rattle (conductor)


One of Rachmaninoff’s most popular pieces, the Second Symphony is an indulgently melancholic and sentimental work: a magic box of the late-Romantic orchestra. Dramatic sections played by the full orchestra contrast heart-breaking swells that only this composer could have written.

The LSO has a long history with the Second Symphony, recording it many times with conductors such as André Previn, Gennady Rozhdestvensky and Valery Gergiev. For this recording, which was captured during the opening of the London Symphony Orchestra's 2019/20 season at the Barbican Hall, the Orchestra's Music Director Sir Simon Rattle conducted from memory, performing the uncut version of this symphonic treasure.

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Comment by hiredfox - April 3, 2021 (1 of 2)

This may be the last recording with SSR conducting the LSO following his shock announcement of quitting London for Bavaria. Failure of his vanity project - which many would have loved to have come to fruition - probably hastened his early exit.

Comment by hiredfox - April 10, 2021 (2 of 2)

SSR will remain Music Director until 2023 when SAP takes over