"Alexander Anissimov's Naxos account lingers nostalgically over lyrical episodes in a recording that's firmer at the bottom end than you'd expect from Dublin's airy National Concert Hall...And how hauntingly lovely is the great clarinet solo of the Adagio in the Naxos version...Anissimov's Naxos account is an exceptional bargain."
"Ireland's National Symphony Orchestra has turned out to be quite a find for Naxos, providing consistently fine performances of Tchaikovsky, Mahler, Bruckner, and now Rachmaninov ...Alexander Anissimov knows this band's strengths, and he plays to them brilliantly. He gets gorgeous string tone for the langorous introduction and main tune of the first movement, and his brass have a bright but burnished tone that punctuates their dramatic entrances...Woodwinds shine in the second movement's intertwining passages, while Anissimov conducts a beautifully moving Adagio, enhanced by his original and convincingly applied rubato. The finale gets off to a boisterous start and maintains its joyful energy right through to the exuberant close...this is one fine Rachmaninov Second, recorded in warm, detailed sound. And the Naxos price makes it all but irresistible."
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