Rachmaninov: 14 Songs, Op. 34: No. 14. Vocalise (arr. for orchestra)
Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27
- Detroit Symphony Orchestra
- Leonard Slatkin
- Recorded: 24-27 September 2009
- Recording Venue: Orchestra Hall, the home of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Detroit, USA
In the wake of his First Symphony’s catastrophic première, Rachmaninov took a decade before commencing his Second, painstakingly revising it before conducting the triumphant première in 1908.
Although haunted, like his First, by the Dies irae chant melody, the Second Symphony brims with Rachmaninov’s revitalised assurance as a composer, from its brooding opening to the vigorous grandeur of its conclusion.
This disc marks the start of a new collaborative relationship between Naxos and the Detroit SO under Leonard Slatkin..