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Rimsky-Korsakov: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 3 / Berlin Radio SO, Gerard Schwarz

Album Summary

>Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai : Symphony, for orchestra in E minor (ii) no 1, Op. 1
>Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai : Symphony, for orchestra no 3 (ii) in C major, Op. 32
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

When the 21 year old Rimsky-Korsakov's Symphony No.1 in E minor was premièred in December 1865 it was hailed in some quarters as the first truly Russian symphony. The leader of 'The Five', Balakirev, favoured the use of eastern themes in the search for a personal symphonic path for national music and Rimsky seemed to signal an alternative to the German-influenced music of Anton Rubinstein. He completed Symphony No.3 in C major in 1874. Again it was cast in a thoroughly Russian manner, full of vivacious romanticism and revealing significant technical advances on the earlier work.

Gramophone Magazine, June 2016
Naxos provides a beefy Berlin sound, with weighty strings and imposing brass... the Scherzo has a fine swagger to it, building a good head of steam... the Third Symphony is alive with melodic ideas, opening in good-natured C major. Clarinet teases and flute and solo violin intertwine sinuously... and the symphony ends ebulliently... [this recording] should win new friend for these amiable works.

The Observer, 17th April 2016
The Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra enjoys all its folk song influences in this engaging recording of Rimsky's later revision of the [First Symphony]...[in the Third] he displayed his mastery of orchestral colour, brought vividly to life here in the Scherzo and in the closing Allegro con spirito, with Gerard Schwarz in total command.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Haus des Rundfunks, Berlin, Germany (09/02/2015-09/05/2015).



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>Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai : Symphony, for orchestra in E minor (ii) no 1, Op. 1
  • Conductor: Gerard Schwarz
  • Ensemble: Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Haus des Rundfunks, Berlin, Germany (09/02/2015-09/05/2015)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1884

>Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai : Symphony, for orchestra no 3 (ii) in C major, Op. 32
  • Conductor: Gerard Schwarz
  • Notes: Haus des Rundfunks, Berlin, Germany (09/02/2015-09/05/2015)
  • Running Time: 32 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1886