Sergej Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27
Vocalise in C-sharp minor, Op. 34 No. 14
Gürzenich Orchestra of Cologne
Dmitrij Kitajenko, conductor
Valer Sabadus, countertenor
The catastrophic failure of the St. Petersburg world
premiere of his First Symphony on 15 March 1897
plunged Sergei Rachmaninoff into a profound depression.
It was only the intervention of the renowned
psychiatrist Nikolai Dahl that could liberate the composer
from his creative crisis. In 1906 Rachmaninoff
began work on his Second Symphony.
As part of the Rachmaninoff cycle with the
Gürzenich Orchestra of Cologne and Dmitrij Kitajenko,
proudly presents the Symphony No. 2
and the Vocalise on the present recording, stunningly
interpreted by Valer Sabadus.