It's been a while since my last post, and this time the project is the epic symphony no. 2 by Rachmaninoff (edition: B&H)
Due to the size of the movement, I have been only able to record the first movement up to the end of the exposition. (repeat mark) The rest is still work in progress!
The symphony was composed since 1902 and was premiere in 1908 in St. Petersburg. The grand, passionate melodies and lyrical expressions made ths symphony one of his most well-known work, particularly the third movement Adagio.
The first movement starts with the Largo introduction in which the dark melody by basses and cello gave rise to many of the themes in the whole symphony. The introduction grows to a climax and subsdizes, an English horn solo leads to the Allegro main section. The two themes in Allegro are both lyrical but contrasting in character (e minor vs. G major)