Rachmaninov - Symphony # 1-3 - Vocalise -
Philadelphia Orch. - Ormandy
Symphonic | flac, cue | no log, scans | 2 CD, 673 MB
November 18, 1997 | Sony | RapidShare
The main reason for recommending these performances is that Ormandy has the rich, expressive sound of the Philadelphia Orchestra, particularly in the lush strings, that is perfect for Rachmaninov and, further, he was a masterful interpreter of this music.
Ormandy elicits a powerful performance from his Philadelphia Orchestra. In these recordings one will hear the most riveting heights of the string section of the Philadelphia Orchestra. The sheer power of the strings is most evident in the riveting finale of the 2nd Symphony, its conclusion has no equal in any other recordings I have heard. You will listen to evocative surges of power and all the contemplative mystery that one would expect to hear from this orchestra.
What else could be expected from the orchestra and conductor that pioneered Rachmaninov's work for so many years? A great first choice for these works.
# Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27
# Symphony No. 1 in D minor, Op. 13 (lost; reconstructed from piano duets and orch. fragments)
# Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 44
# Vocalise, transcription for orchestra, Op. 34/14