Pappano takes on Rachmaninov with the world’s best

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‘Staatskapelle Dresden play it to a standard that’s in line with their standing as one of the world’s special orchestras.

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The film editing, not too restless by today’s standards, spotlights the balance of youth and experience in the string sections, with scrupulously poker-faced older players alongside younger colleagues whose enjoyment in being part of such an orchestra is unmistakable.

Pappano conducts with his trademark energy, and gives the orchestra plenty of time and space to deliver in their classy way.’

Rachmaninov

Symphony No. 2; plus ‘Antonio Pappano Plays & Explains Sergei Rachmaninoff’ (DVD)

Staatskapelle Dreden/Antonio Pappano

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EuroArts 0880242676481   105 mins