Symphony No.2 Op.27
Sergei Rachmaninoff

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A magnificent work that helped re-establish the composer's self-confidence as a symphonist.

A magnificent work that helped re-establish the composer's self-confidence as a symphonist.

After the disaster of the premiere of his First Symphony, Rachmaninov fell into a depression and became unconvinced of his abilities as a symphonist. He was very unhappy with the first draft of his Second Symphony but after months of revision he finished the work and conducted the premiere in 1908 to great acclaim. The triumph re-established his sense of self-worth.

The Symphony is evidently not a simple or easy listen, not least because, at an hour in length, it requires considerable concentration — but it well repays the effort put in.