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CHAN 10589

Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2/ The Rock

The Classical Shop
release date: March 2010

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz
album available as a Studio Master
Originally recorded in 2009


BBC Philharmonic

Gianandrea Noseda


Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester


Brian Pidgeon

Mike George


Stephen Rinker

Celia Hutchison

(Assistant: The Rock)

Michael Smith

(Assistant: Symphony No. 2)

Record Label


Orchestral & Concertos

Total Time - 74:21
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The Rock, Op. 7 (1893)

  Fantasy for Orchestra after Anton Chekhov  
  Adagio sostenuto - Un poco più mosso - Più vivo -  

Symphony No. 2, Op. 27 (1906-07)

  in E minor - in e-Moll - en mi mineur  
2 I Largo Poco più mosso - Allegro moderato - Poco a poco più vivo - 21:43
3 II Allegro molto - Meno mosso - Moderato - Con moto - 9:54
4 III Adagio - Poco più mosso - Tempo I 14:30
  John Bradbury clarinet  
5 IV Allegro vivace - Con moto - Adagio - Tempo precedente - 13:56

Under Gianandrea Noseda, the BBC Philharmonic’s epic Rachmaninoff series continues with a recording of Symphony No.2, coupled with The Rock.
Unlikely his First Symphony, Symphony No.2 is standard orchestral repertoire. A recent concert at the Bridgewater Hall, elicited the review, ‘Noseda showed his remarkable affinity with Rachmaninoff’s style. He combines an ability to sustain the long structures of its emotional climaxes with a vocalistic approach to phrasing which lifts the tunes out of the texture and lefts them sing. It’s almost operatic in its vividness.’ City Life.
The challenge of making his mark with that ultimate big statement, a symphony, still faced Rachmaninoff as he headed into his mid-thirties. Posterity now accepts that he had probably cracked a tough nut with his First Symphony (CHAN 10475). Yet the 1897 premiere, poorly conducted under disputed circumstances by Glazunov, was so unfavourably received that it forced Rachmaninoff into creative silence for the next three years. Rachmaninoff’s Second Symphony was drafted alongside an equally ambitious Second Piano Sonata in a charming garden villa in Dresden, where the whole family had settled in late 1906. The finished product turned out to be one of the longest of all Russian symphonies. Breadth, though, is of the essence of the Second Symphony’s wealth of lovingly wrought and subtly interlinked thematic material. As one critic observed at the 1908 St Petersburg premiere, conducted with his usual first-rate flexibility by Rachmaninoff, ‘the new E minor Symphony… may be slightly over long for the general audience, but how fresh, how beautiful it is’.
The accomplished fantasia of 1893, The Rock offers an excellent example of Rimsky-Korsakov’s orchestration as acknowledged by Rachmaninoff’s original dedication.

“Gianandrea Noseda’s Rachmaninov series, which so far includes the First Symphony and operas ‘Francesca da Rimini and The Miserly Knight, continues with a sumptuous account of the composer’s longest and most accomplished symphony. The beauty of Rachmaninov’s orchestration is emphasised with playing that is both rich and detailed, the clarinet solo in the Adagio not only beguilingly played but also supported by a luminous and seductive web of sound.”

Christian Hoskins

“Luxuriously engineered and expertly played and conducted, this latest recording of Rachmaninov’s surging masterpiece has a lot going for it…”

Julian Haylock

Classic FM Magazine - June 2010

“…This is a stunning release, and one that I strongly recommend to anyone on the lookout for a new recording of Rachmaninoff’s Second Symphony.”

Jerry Dubins

Fanfare - September/October 2010


Andrew Clark

Financial Times - 13 March 2010

A Thomson

M Traher