Notes & Reviews:
Few Russian musicians in the second half of the 19th century could match the eminence of Anton Rubinstein. As a piano virtuoso he was internationally admired, as a progressive educator he had profound influence, and as a composer he was both significant and successful. The Symphony No. 6 in A minor, Op. 111 was his last symphony, composed in 1866, and fully revealing those qualities of grace and energy, as well as clever scoring, that make his works so appealing. Don Quixote, described by Tchaikovsky as 'very interesting, and perfect in places,' is an inventive and charming musical portrait of Cervantes' fictional knight. This release completes the reissue of all six symphonies previously available on Marco Polo.
BBC Music Magazine, February 2014
The recordings sound a bit faded, like Rubinstein's music, though it has bright moments. The players add gusto to the Symphony, but the Quixote tone poem droops.
The Guardian, 12th December 2013
This disc of his sixth and final symphony shows, though his style was not particularly Russian...it was certainly fluent, and sometimes fiercely dramatic...The large-scale humoresque for orchestra based upon Cervantes is intriguing, too.
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Anton Rubinstein: Symphony No. 5; Dmitry Donskoy, overture; Faust, Op. 68 / George Enescu PO
Massenet: Ballet Music - Bacchus; Hérodiade; Thais; Le Cid / Patrick Gallois
Saverio Mercadante: Flute Concertos Nos. 1, 2 and 4 / Patrick Gallois, flute
Weinberg: Symphony No. 12 "In memoriam D. Shostakovich"; The Golden Key, Ballet Suite No. 4 / St. Petersburg State SO
Stanislaw Moniuszko (1819-1872): Overtures, Vol. 1 - The Haunted Manor; Paria; Halka; The Fairy Tale et al. / Wit
Roberto Sierra (b.1953): Sinfonia No. 4; Fandangos; Carnaval / Nashville SO
Saverio Mercadante (1795-1870): Sinfonia on Themes from Rossini's Stabat Mater; Homage to Bellini; Clarinet Concerto No. 2 / Giammarco Casani, Clarinet
Sarasate: Music for Violin and Orchestra, Vol. 4 - Incl. Fantasies on Don Giovanni & Der Freischutz / Tianwa Yang, violin
Miklós Rozsa: String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2; String Trio / Tippett Quartet
Works DetailsRubinstein, Anton : Symphony no 6 in A minor, Op. 111
- Conductor: Gilbert Varga
- Ensemble: Philharmonia Hungarica
- Notes: Stadthalle Oer-Erkenschwick, Germany (07/16/1986-07/18/1986)
- Running Time: 11 min. 50 sec.
- Period Time: Romantic
- Form: Orchestral
- Written: 1886
Rubinstein, Anton : Don Quixote, musical picture after Cervantes, humoreske for orchestra, Op. 87
- Conductor: Michael Halász
- Ensemble: Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
- Running Time: 21 min. 4 sec.
- Period Time: Romantic
- Written: 1870