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Rachmaninov, Franck: Symphonies / Paray, Detroit SO

Release Date: 05/14/1996 
Label:  Mercury Living Presence   Catalog #: 434368   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Sergei RachmaninovCésar Franck
Conductor:  Paul Paray
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 19 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This Mercury Living Presence release was notable for combining both of these large-scale symphonies on one disc, making it a remarkable package--albeit with one major caveat. The Rachmaninov employs what used to be the standard cuts that in some passages make his great symphony sound closer to the work of a third-rate composer like Kalinnikov. Still, Paray offers a vibrant and moving rendition, with lively playing by the Detroit Symphony. The close-perspective recording reveals every detail of Rachmaninov's score, especially his aggressive low-string writing.

The microphones are placed a little farther back for the Franck, which also receives an excellent performance (no cuts, of course). Paray's strong and straightforward
Read more interpretation plays up the work's classical underpinnings while giving the music's surging passion its due. Again, the Detroit musicians play handsomely (notwithstanding the occasional less-than-impeccable string intonation). This disc was a real value when originally issued, and it's just as much so now in Arkivmusic.com's welcome "on-demand" re-release.

--Victor Carr Jr, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

Symphony no 2 in E minor, Op. 27 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Conductor:  Paul Paray
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906-1907; Russia 
Date of Recording: 03/1957 
Venue:  Ford Auditorium, Detroit, Michigan 
Symphony in D minor, M 48 by César Franck
Conductor:  Paul Paray
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886-1888; France 
Date of Recording: 11/1959 
Venue:  Cass Technical High School, Detroit, MI 

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