This fervent, warm-hearted symphony was neglected for many years, but is now one of the most popular Russian orchestral works. Tadaaki Otaka is one of Japan’s leading conductors and became Principal Guest Conductor of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in 2010. Here he conducts the internationally acclaimed Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in an exciting live performance.
“[Otaka] remains a highly sympathetic, sure-footed and observant guide through the mighty Second Symphony, and he secures a tidy and spirited response from his Melbourne forces...For some listeners Otaka's will, I fancy, be too circumspect a reading but what it may lack in sheer impulsiveness and hot-blooded, Slavic fervour is more than compensated for by its unassuming sense of purpose and canny awareness of the bigger scheme”
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