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Askenazy's Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances

Has been my unquestioned standard for years. I'd forgotten that I even have others (many in fact). This preference existed even though the recording was somewhat dry on my system. I loved the rhythm he imparted as well as the way it was recorded. Long story short - I went through my collection and discovered Termorkanov's with the St Petersburg PO on RCA. Performance wise I think he gives up little to Ashkenazy and recording wise the sound was a bit warmer with better spatial differentiation.

While I'm back testing this thread's statute of limitations, I was in the dusty bins and pulled out two Lyrita discs - 'Imogen Holst conducts Gustav Holst' and 'Boult conducts Holst'. SRCD223 and SRCD222 respectively.

Refreshing to hear something by Holst other than the Planets. Not to place values on music, and this is not earthshaking stuff, but it is likely to be played more often than Planets. :-) FWIW I found the Boult disc the more interesting of the two.


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