RACHMANINOFF: Symphony No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 27 – London Symphony Orchestra/ Sir Simon Rattle – LSO DSD LS00851 (3/19/21) 58:50 [Distr. PIAS.com] ****:. The rendering of Rachmaninoff’s 1908 Second Symphony in E Minor, in its uncut edition, is a pleasure that came to me first by Kurt Sanderling in Leningrad (only slightly edited) and then in full glory with Leonard Slatkin from St. Louis. The music, driven by its opening motif, set as Largo – Allegro moderato, virtually inhabits the entire score, laden with nostalgia. Here, live from the Barbican Centre (18-19 September 2019), Sir Simon Rattle invokes the music’s colorful energies, infused by such touches as the English horn, tuba, bass clarinet, and lush work from the divided string choirs.