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Enescu: Symphony No. 2 / Romanian Rhapsody No. 2
George Enescu, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Enescu: Symphony No. 2 / Romanian Rhapsody No. 2
Genre: Classical
 
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The Second Symphony is a huge, massively-scored orchestra extravaganza in three huge movements. In a way, the music is its own worst enemy. It's so full of invention, and the composer tosses off ideas in such profusion, ...  more »

      
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All Artists: George Enescu, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Title: Enescu: Symphony No. 2 / Romanian Rhapsody No. 2
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Chandos
Release Date: 6/17/1997
Genre: Classical
Styles: Historical Periods, Modern, 20th, & 21st Century, Symphonies
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 095115953723

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The Second Symphony is a huge, massively-scored orchestra extravaganza in three huge movements. In a way, the music is its own worst enemy. It's so full of invention, and the composer tosses off ideas in such profusion, that the musical argument can get lost in the shuffle. The problem is compounded by the fact that the symphony is atrociously difficult to play. It's the job of the conductor and the orchestra to clarify the musical line through balance and emphasis, and this requires either close familiarity or long hours of rehearsal. If the music were trivial or insignificant it wouldn't really matter, but with a masterpiece, as is the case here, it's a crime not to lavish as much attention on the music as it requires. It seems that Gennady Rozhdestvensky and the BBC Philharmonic had the time. This is a splendid performance from soup to nuts. --David Hurwitz