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  OVCL-00156 (4 discs)
  Rachmaninov: Complete Symphonies & Orchestral Works - Edo de Waart
  Rachmaninov: Complete Symphonies & Orchestral Works

Radio Filharmonisch Orkest Holland
Edo de Waart (conductor)
Track listing:
  Disc 1:
Symphony No. 1 in D minor, Op. 13
Caprice bohemien, Op. 12

Disc 2:
Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27
Youth Symphony

Disc 3:
Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 44
The Isle of the Dead, Op. 29
Scherzo in D minor

Disc 4:
Symphonic Dances, Op. 45
The Rock, Op. 7
Symphonic Poem "Prince Rostislav"
  Classical - Orchestral
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Site review by Polly Nomial June 2, 2007
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Review by DSD August 21, 2005 (13 of 18 found this review helpful)
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This is a DSD recording and has a new symbol on the case that says:
DSD Recording maybe the industry will pick up on this on.

My SACD player is the 2 channel tubed Xandak SCD-2 SACD player so I only listened to the 2 channel high resolution layer.

It is beautifully packaged and box, case and spine are in English with the removable paper japanese outer strip. Booklet is in Japanese and English, though the notes on the individual pieces are in Japanese only. The notes on de Waart and the Radio Filharmoniusch Orkest Holland are in both Japanese and English.

On first listening I thought many of the tempo's were too slow. On the second playing I noticed that the Symphony No. 1 doesn't have the fire of the Leonard Slatkin version but it is more romantic and overall better performance.

The Third Symphony is the one that actually sounds slow in places especially the climax, both Boult, LSO (RCA Living Stereo) and Zinman (Telarc) climaxes are twice as fast. I don't have the score so I don't know who is correct.

However the Symphonic Dances is superb and really exciting and beats all of my previous favorites (Johannas, Dallas on Athena / Vox LP, de Waart's earlier version on Phillips LP, Zinman on Telarc CD, and Oui on Reference Recordings HDCD). Isle of the Dead is also great beating out my Reiner Living Stereo LP.

This is the complete symphonies but I know of one Orchestra work not included: Vocalise, anyone know if there are others?

Anyway this these are excellent sounding SACDs with good inner detail but it does sound closely mic'ed with more than a few microphones. So it doesn't sound as real as the SACDs from Telarc, Delos, BIS and others. But the music is superb and this is most of Rachmaninov's Orchestra output.

I highly recommend this set!

Performance Ratings 1-10 with 10 being the best

Symphony No. 1 (9)
Caprice Bohemiem (9)

Symphony No. 2 (9.5)
Youth Symphony (9)

Symphony No. 3 (9)
Isle of the Dead (10)
Scherzo in D Minor (10)

Symphonic Dances (10)
Fantasy "The Rock" (10)
Prince Rostislave (10)

Happy listening,

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Review by Jonty September 25, 2005 (8 of 8 found this review helpful)
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My set sourced from mdt has notes in English, French and German. Performances are good to very good. I do feel that the Symphonic Dances lack tension though. These should be dances of death and de Waart is just too genial. Symphony 2 is a performance to rival the best and the smaller works are very well done. Unlike DSD I never felt that these were slow performances. In fact de Waart is generally faster than Litton. Sound in stereo is very closely multi-miked. I rather like it but there is just the hint that we go in closer for quiet passages and move back for climaxes.

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Works: 10  

Sergei Rachmaninov - Caprice Bohémien, Op. 12
Sergei Rachmaninov - Scherzo in D minor
Sergei Rachmaninov - Symphonic Dances, Op. 45
Sergei Rachmaninov - Symphonic Poem "Prince Rostislav"
Sergei Rachmaninov - Symphony No. 1 in D minor, Op. 13
Sergei Rachmaninov - Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27
Sergei Rachmaninov - Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 44
Sergei Rachmaninov - The Isle of the Dead, Op. 29
Sergei Rachmaninov - The Rock, Op. 7
Sergei Rachmaninov - Youth Symphony