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Work: Symphony no. 2 in E minor, Op.27

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ComposerRachmaninov, Sergei (1873-1943)
Period20th century
Year1908
Work typeOrchestral
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LondonSunday Matinees: Rachmaninov - Symphony No. 2

© Sim Canetty-Clarke
Lyadov, Glazunov, Rachmaninov
Philharmonia Orchestra; John Wilson; Benjamin Beilman

MadridStrauss y Rachmaninov con Eun Sun Kim

Strauss y Rachmaninov con Eun Sun Kim
Strauss R., Haydn, Rachmaninov
Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid; Eun Sun Kim; Solistas de la Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid
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Passionate, ebullient Rachmaninov from Paavo Jarvi and the NHK

Paavo Järvi and the NHK Symphony Orchestra © Belinda Lawley
Igor Stravinsky once described Sergei Rachmaninov as "a six-and-a-half foot scowl". His Second Symphony – often a lugubrious affair – was here turned into something urgent and vital. 
****1
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A tale of two halves as Jess Gillam makes her Hallé debut

Jess Gillam © Kaupo Kikkas

Intense lyricism bridges the gap between John Adams and Rachmaninov, but debutant Kazuki Yamada struggles to link the two. 

***11
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Feddeck channels North Sea in Seattle

James Feddeck © Terry Johnston
James Feddeck conducts the Seattle Symphony in a premiere of Angelique Poteat's cello concerto by plus Britten and Rachmaninov.
***11
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Uplifting Romantic giants from Ax, Rattle and the LSO

Sir Simon Rattle and the LSO © Kevin Leighton
Ax, Rattle and the LSO make two weighty masterpieces feel airy, uncluttered and suitably uplifting.
****1
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Prom 48: Cristian Măcelaru and the BBC SO look east

Seong-Jin Cho © Harald Hoffmann | DG
Making his Proms debut, Cristian Măcelaru opened the evening with music from his countryman, Constantin Silvestri, before tackling Prokofiev and Rachmaninov.
***11
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