Monday, March 26, 2007

CD REVIEW: Rachmaninov Symphony No. 2

18 March, 2007

Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2; Dances from Aleko

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra/Järvi

4 Stars

Järvi has been music director in Cincinnati for six years and his rapport with the orchestra is evident from this disc. He cultivates a plush tone, suitable to this brooding romantic symphony. He gives an especially expansive account of the first movement, phrasing the languorous melodies without plunging into sentimentality. This issue can join several other highly recommended versions of this symphony. The Women’s and Men’s Dances from his opera Aleko (written when Rachmaninoff was 19) are attractive rarities

Michael Kennedy

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