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Bortkiewicz: Symphonies / Brabbins, BBC Scottish SO

Album Summary

>Bortkiewicz, Serge : Symphony no 1 in D major, ("From my Homeland"), Op. 52
>Bortkiewicz, Serge : Symphony no 2 in E flat major, Op. 55
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"Here are two truly remarkable Russian symphonies that you have never heard before, thrillingly played and resoundingly recorded - a rich Slavic repast you will definitely want to have in your collection." - Haller, ARG

'One of my discs of the year... superb performances - Martyn Brabbins's conducting is inspirational... minor masterpieces' (Classic FM Magazine)

'strong craftsmanship and attractive thematic invention' (Gramophone)

'A handsome effort from Martyn Brabbins, the BBC Scottish Symphony on top form, and their first-rate Hyperion team achieving full-bodied results in Glasgow's City Hall' (BBC Music Magazine)

'The music is sincere, well made, instantly communicative. I enjoyed making its acquaintance, and I don't doubt you will' (International Record Review)

'Here are two truly remarkable Russian symphonies that you have never heard before, thrillingly played and resoundingly recorded - a rich Slavic repast you will definitely want to have in your collection' (American Record Guide)

'Dazzlingly orchestrated with wall-to-wall gorgeous tunes, sumptuously recorded... Lovers of rich, red-blooded, melancholy Russian music should seek it out. A real barnstormer' (Glasgow Herald)

'Martyn Brabbins and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra supply entertaining performances, with the strings sounding particularly lovely, and Hyperion's recording is very good. These works are a wonderful find' (Hi-Fi Plus)

'Hyperion, a company that is practically unsurpassed in the realm of quality productions, comes through here with their customary shade of perfection. We owe this fine label tremendous gratitude for superb recorded sound, excellent scholarly notes, and most of all, an introduction to some wonderful music that has for far too long been consigned to obscurity. Recommended without a moment's hesitation' (musicweb.uk.net)

'L'interprétation de l'Orchestre de la BBC écossaise est vaillante et franche, dynamique et structurée, sous la baguette convaincue de Martyn Brabbins' (Diapason, France)



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Works Details

>Bortkiewicz, Serge : Symphony no 1 in D major, ("From my Homeland"), Op. 52
  • Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
  • Ensemble: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: City Hall, Glasgow, Scotland (02/07/2002/02/08/2002)
  • Running Time: 38 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1934

>Bortkiewicz, Serge : Symphony no 2 in E flat major, Op. 55
  • Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
  • Ensemble: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: City Hall, Glasgow, Scotland (02/07/2002/02/08/2002)
  • Running Time: 32 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1937