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|Rachmaninoff, Jansons, St Petersburg|
Symphony 2 / Vocalise / Scherzo
The St. Petersburg Philharmonic goes through the motions for Jansons in this account of the Second, a reading that lacks passion and generates little in the way of aural excitement. Jansons's eye--and it's a dry one from f... more »
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The St. Petersburg Philharmonic goes through the motions for Jansons in this account of the Second, a reading that lacks passion and generates little in the way of aural excitement. Jansons's eye--and it's a dry one from first note to last--seems to be on the details; his aim, to eschew sentimentality at any cost. If you value severity, or are looking for an interpretation of this symphony to match the stony-faced image of Rachmaninov familiar from countless photographs, this may be just your cup of chai. But if you're in the market for a more openly expressive, elegant, and oh-so-romantic performance of this symphony, with much better sound, you may be better off with the same orchestra under Yuri Temirkanov, on RCA Red Seal. EMI's recording, made in the orchestra's home hall (which has a very difficult acoustic), is murky, with abrasive-sounding strings and a glare, rather than a glint, on the brass. --Ted Libbey
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Noah Lambert | Chicago, IL USA | 03/10/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I find it interesting that the amazon.com reviewer and I both compare this recording to the Rachmoninov we see in pictures. I guess we must get something different from Rachmonimov's picture. I see a passionate and deep thinking man. I don't really see a sentimentalist or someone who lives in a frantic reallity. I think he was proned to outbursts, but I think this is represented in his symphonies along with everything else.
Going off this picture of Rachmoninov you I think why restrained at time Jansons' recording is an excellent recording for its expression and control. Rather than ejecting over the top romanticism. Jansons takes a different harder approach to the music. I feel that this is more pure and in the end more enjoyable. The highlights of this album are the second movement of the symphony and the Scherzo for Orchestra.
I would closely examine this recording even if in the end you make a decision to go with another one."