- Symphony #2, Op. 27
Performed by the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Andrew Litton.
Since his appointment as chief conductor and later music director in 2003, Andrew Litton and the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra have proven an excellent ability to perform the Russian repertoire, both on their many tours and in recording.
Works by Prokofiev, Stravinsky, Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky, Medtner, and Scriabin have been featured on CD’s that have been given a lot of critical recognition.
Upon the occasion of Litton’s departure from Bergen, he recorded Sergei Rachmaninov’s gigantic Second Symphony, as a seeming concluding statement about his time with this orchestra.
Rachmaninov is joined on this CD by his older colleague Anatoly Liadov, whose brief and shimmering tone poem ‘The Enchanted Lake’ provides an atmospheric ending to the recording – in the words of Liadov himself – an image of nature, as ‘fantastic as a fairy tale’.
Here is Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Andrew Litton, performing the second symphony by Sergei Rachmaninov: