Rachmaninov's symphonies

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RE: Rachmaninov's symphonies

Schiller Kant wrote:

Rachmaninov is a composer who really needs to be re-evaluated. His first symphony is a fantastic work, Askenazy gets it just about spot on. His second sends me to sleep everytime I hear it, but is third is interesting, try Berglund on RCA.

Have to agree in general re. the three symphonies although I don't know either the Ashkenazy or the Berglund. Even the much ballyhooed Sanderling performance of the 2nd, which I've owned for eons, doesn't convince me.

I love Svetlanov in this music, have a soft spot for Litton, can't stomach Previn (totally loses the structure). Of newer performances, the Petrenko 3rd is an eye-opener. Somehow leaner and more lyrical than most versions, unlike any other performance I've ever heard but totally convincing.

RE: Rachmaninov's symphonies

Remember that there are at least three Previn versions:

- The RCA recording of the cut version

- The EMI recording that was the first ever recorded version of the full, uncut symphony. This is generally considered the best of the three and many consider it the best ever among recordings. It was reissued on CD in the late 1990's.

- The Telarc recording that is very good but most don't consider it as good as the EMI.

Professor DJF

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