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Symphony Nr.2
Sergei Rachmaninoff Lyrics

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Leo Catalano

@Will Gregory
Hi Will, I am 84 years old.
I heard the Rach 2 played by Arthur Rubinstein in a Hollywood movie the title I can't remember.

Rachmaninov 's 2nd Piano Concerto was very popular in the late 40's and it made it into two movies (beside the one I quoted)
and the 78 record of this piece was bought off the shelf.

My lifelong love of classical music really began when as a Jr. High student after 4 years of piano lessons I found Rach's Prelude in C# Minor in one of my piano books and found that I could play it without my teacher's direction.
While it was not well played, I got through the notes and so my life-long love of Rachmaninoff began.
When I heard the Rach 2, I fell madly in love with it. I consider Rachmaninoff's Symphony #2 the greatest symphony.
Rachmaninoff music means "tears" for me since I find his music sooo emotional.

Robert Jason

A surprisingly Classical view of this classic symphony, what I might call (not disparagingly) Rachmaninoff via Brahms.
Tempi never out of control, yet with no lack of emotion, the entire ensemble wrapped in a "Brahmsian" warmth, such as the burnished tone from this orchestra. Of note is the sonority of the lower brass, which is exactly what would have pleased the composer. The marvelous musicianship from the entire brass section, woodwinds, high and low strings, and percussion is no less sensational.

Every section, every player of this orchestra was in total synch with this conductors vision. The ends of phrases dynamically tapered, the sometimes unheard counter melodies HEARD, the aching at the apex of the crescendos, ALL done with one purpose: to create an entity that allows the Master's melodies, harmonies and rhythmic power to just BE, without the added crudeness of unwanted and unwritten accelerandos heard in some other interpretations.

To be clear, this isn't Previn, IMO the greatest of this symphony's interpreters, but it IS, in it's own way, a unique and wonderful example of a conductor's vision realized. His is a vision of REFINED romanticism, gorgeous orchestral balance, urgency when NEEDED, the tender phrases extended as if to never end, and all this in service to the composer. I found this performance most enjoyable and worth many revisits.

I must not forget to credit the engineers for round, warm sound that never loses focus.
Beautiful. My thanks to those who posted this heartfelt performance.

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Part of Rachmaninoff's Symphony no.2 was used in the movie Birdman, check it out in our classical music in the movies compilation video:

Walter F. Gonzalez M.


Masterchief the Conqueror

@Paul Beard they adapt the artistic intent and make something new to it. Sometimes it's the only way to express the emotions they want to convey (E.X. using Adagio in G by alboni in Gallipoli, no composer could write something to that effect)

mx film

@Paul Beard Movies introduce a ton of people to classical music. Including me. It acts as a gateway to the complex structure of those pieces. The artistic intent of the composer is often recontextualized in movies, yes, but where's the problem when both art forms benefit from that?

János Fehér

@Paul Beard
(howard shore)

(LotR trilogy)


michael conlan

The film uses (exploits) several great works, including Mahler’s Ninth, to simulate profundity.

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This beauty has become my bedtime anthem, it seems.

walker ogden

@Ole Flogger So Right!! Unfortunately there is no shortage of idiots!!

Al Buch

3 movement is absolutely perfect

Leila Lan

you sleep in this music??? big question mark

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