Mariss Jansons, conductor emiritus
The RCO's performance history of Sergei Rachmaninoff's Second Symphony is strangely uneven. Already three years after its completion the symphony was performed by Willem Mengelberg in a program that also boasted the composer as soloist in his own Piano Concerto No. 3. After that the symphony was on the program once more in 1921 and then there's a gap of 59 years. From 1980 on no less than ten conductors (including Vladimir Ashkenazy, Kirill Kondrashin and Kurt Sanderling) put it on the RCO's music stands. The latest RCO incarnation proved to be an ideal performance. With Mariss Jansons at the helm, mind and heart of this piece are totally balanced and the opulence of the RCO's sound at the Concertgebouw iss perfectly suited to Rachmaninoff's most beloved symphony.
Sergei Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27 (1907)
- Largo - Allegro moderato 18:34
- Allegro molto 9:58
- Adagio 13:59
- Allegro vivace 13:17
Total playing time 55:49
Recorded Live at Concertgebouw Amsterdam on 28, 29 and 31 January 2010
Previously released in Mariss Jansons Live the Radio Recordings (RCO 15002).
'… majestic and even restrained… the slow movement … sounded like a dream made audible...'
- Anne Midgette, Washington Post
'… entirely persuasive and stirring in the end… I’ve never heard quite so much of Rachmaninoff’s writing, both on temporal and orchestral axes.'
- Michael Miller, New York Arts
'In the Second Symphony of Rachmaninoff all the stops were pulled out, and … it was beautiful. This music fits Jansons like a glove.'
- Peter van der Lint, Trouw
'very beautiful, very pleasant … good recorded sound as well'
- Marina Frolova-Walker & Andrew McGregor – BBC Radio 3 Record Review