Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 2 - Ashkenazy (CD)

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Philharmonia Orchestra, Vladimir Ashkenazy

Marking their latest collaboration with their conductor laureate Vladimir Ashkenazy, the Philharmonia return to disc with a stellar live-performance of Rachmaninov’s ebullient Symphony No.2 in E Minor. This is the second release in a new series of Rachmaninov’s symphonies, conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy in live performances with the Philharmonia Orchestra. The first release of Symphony No. 1 (SIGCD484) was met by critical acclaim:

“Perhaps the most satisfying of all [Ashkenazy’s recordings of the Symphony]…” BBC Music Magazine

“Ashkenazy knows how to shape detail and soar in the big melodic moments. The Philharmonia sound is muscular and alert, from the opening woodwind solos to the mighty, stirring symphonic tutti of the finale.” The Observer

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Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27