Roger Hecht <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>But are I and my wife the only people in the world who can't stand
>Slatkin's Second? We must be. I've tried several times and to me, it's
>so drawn out that Slatkin seems to be draining the life out of the piece.
>It's probably one of the few ecordings that comes close to making me
>dislike the piece--and that takes some doing! I think at this point, I'd
>be grateful to hear from one other person who dislikes this performance.
I saw Slatkin conduct this piece at the Proms in '98 and I thought
it dragged also. A pity because that was one of the pieces that I was
most looking forward to hearing. I have recordings by Solti and Previn
(Phillips) and I like the Previn. I have also heard good things about
Handley's. I have Handley's first and it is definitely worth checking
out if you are interested.
Steve M. (Northern Virginia)