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Anton Rubinstein: Symphony No. 6; Don Quixote, Op. 87 / Philharmonia Hungarica; Slovak PO

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> Symphony No. 6 in A Minor, Op. 111 - I. Moderato con moto
> Symphony No. 6 in A Minor, Op. 111 - II. Moderato assai
> Symphony No. 6 in A Minor, Op. 111 - III. Allegro vivace
> Symphony No. 6 in A Minor, Op. 111 - IV. Moderato assai
> Don Quixote, Op. 87 - Don Quixote, Op. 87

Album Summary

>Rubinstein, Anton : Symphony no 6 in A minor, Op. 111
>Rubinstein, Anton : Don Quixote, musical picture after Cervantes, humoreske for orchestra, Op. 87
Conductors Ensembles Composer

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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Works Details

>Rubinstein, 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