(wow, I almost couldn't find an image of this CD...)
My first Rach symphony (I didn't even know he wrote any, all I have from him are piano pieces). According to the liner notes, he wrote his first symphony and was widely blasted for it (damn critics
bscene-birdiedoublered: ) and it was a decade before he came out with this one. Definitely need to listen to it many times, he does a lot of "solo voice vs. the rest of the orch." call-and-response.
The CD recording had just a slightly "murky" sound to it, almost like it was recorded from a good LP. It wasn't until the end of the CD I realized it was a LIVE recording! Usually I can hear coughs, dopes applauding between the 3rd and 4th movements, chair squeaks, etc which tips me off to a live recording, but this audience was actually very quiet! Glad I got it. :text-bravo:
(Hi, poor poor lonely thread! )