Rachmaninov: Symphony No.2
Robin Ticciati / DSO Berlin (Linn)
(scroll down for English review)
Several months ago Simon Rattle put out his live recording of the Rachmaninov Second Symphony with the LSO. His protégée Robin Ticciati, now MD of the DSO Berlin, released a recording of the same symphony just recently.
To me Rattle’s recording showed what he amassed from his decades of music making. He knew when to rush, when to hold back, when to let his orchestra play to pursue spontaneity. However how hard did Ticciati try to hone his interpretation as controlled passion, I felt he held the reins too tightly. Rattle allowed a certain degree of disorder if it served a purpose, while Ticciati was too keen on producing a Rachmaninov interpretation free of vulgarity but the flavour was flushed out as well. Frankly, the hour-long Rachmaninov Second could be quite tedious without that unbridled passion.