Andris Nelsons is leading the Concertgebouworkest in Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2, a majestic work brimming with lyrical melodic lines and Russian vistas.
Andris Nelsons has been a welcome guest with the Concertgebouworkest since 2008. Their collaboration has resulted in outstanding performances of the symphonies of Shostakovich and a special production in January 2020 of Skryabin’s Prometheus. They now turn their attention to another Russian master: Rachmaninoff.
Rachmaninoff’s Second Symphony is a victory on all fronts. The premiere of his First was a fiasco, and it would take him three years to pluck up the courage to embark on a new symphonic adventure. Indeed, he began work on the Second with reluctance and in secret. It would become a work in which the composer showcased his talents to their best advantage. The characteristic lyrical melodies, melancholic vistas and flowing rhythms are embedded in a close-knit organic structure. The Concertgebouworkest has not performed the symphony in ten years, but it’s a work which fits both the orchestra and Andris Nelsons like a glove.