LABELS: Philips Duo
WORKS: Symphony No.1; Symphony No. 2; Symphony No. 3; The Rock
PERFORMER: Rotterdam PO/Edo de Waart
CATALOGUE NO: 438 724-2 ADD (1976/77/78)
De Waart’s Rachmaninov cycle attracted countless plaudits during his tenure with the Rotterdam Philharmonic. His black-browed, imperiously vengeful reading of the First Symphony, and equally stark realisation of the early Liszt-inspired tone poem The Rock reveal the stature of these oft-maligned examples of Rachmaninov juvenilia.
De Waart observes the usual cuts in the Second Symphony, but his performance is ardently sustained, avoiding any self-regarding excess.
A clear-sighted and economically proportioned account of the Third completes another bargain reissue from Philips. Sumptuous orchestral execution, and astonishing sound – who could ask for more? Michael Jameson