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Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 3; Symphonic Dances ()


How bad can it be? After all, the London Symphony Orchestra and the Philharmonia are two of the great English orchestras. The LSO is a well-crafted instrument with a virtuoso technique, a buoyant sense of tempo, and crisp, clean colors. The Philharmonia is a finely polished instrument with a warm sonority, a wonderfully blended sound, and deep-grained beauty of tone. Between them, the LSO and the Philharmonia have been carrying deadbeat conductors for almost a century so how bad could their recordings with Neeme Järvi of Rachmaninov's Symphony No. 3 and Symphonic Dances be?Not all that bad, really, but not all that good either: the LSO and the Philharmonia do their part, playing with power, passion, and precision, and Järvi does, well, if not his part, at least as much as he has in him to do. Now, this might not be much -- Järvi can learn a score by holding it to his forehead but his performances rarely go deeper than the forehead -- but at least in these 1987 and 1991 performances, Järvi is fairly... Hide synopsis

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