LABELS: Decca London
WORKS: Symphony No. 1; Symphony No. 2; Symphony No. 3; Symphonic Dances; The Isle of the Dead; The Bells
PERFORMER: Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra/Vladimir Ashkenazy
CATALOGUE NO: 455 798-2
Ashkenazy adopts a refreshing approach to Rachmaninov, driving the music with passion and urgency but never over-indulgent. The Concertgebouw responds with playing of stunning virtuosity. The recorded sound is a little too reverberant at some climaxes, but this new packaging
is an irresistible proposition.