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Roslavets: Chamber Symphony, etc / Volkov, BBB Scottish SO

Album Summary

>Roslavets, Nikolai : Chamber Symphony
>Roslavets, Nikolai : In the hours of the new moon
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"Nikolay Roslavets (1881-1944) may have been a pupil of Ippolitov-Ivanov but it was Schoenberg's influence which proved crucial to his mature development. Little surprise, then, that he should essay a chamber symphony, but until recently only a fragment from 1926 (completed by Alexander Raskatov in the 1990s) was thought to have survived. What no one realised was that Roslavets wrote - and completed - a second a decade later, discovered only a few years ago. In four large movements lasting together almost an hour (even the Scherzo is only a few seconds shy of 10 minutes), this second Chamber Symphony (1934-35) is beautifully written, limpidly scored for 18 players (including piano). Its atmosphere is strongly suggestive of Schoenberg's E minor single-span predecessor and may contain, as Calum MacDonald's notes suggest, some crafty homages to the Austrian master that the authorities would have disapproved of. Yet it is also a very different kind of work with a wider expressive range, its harmonic idiom still retaining a few traces of another of Roslavets's formative influences, Scriabin. And it is the latter's music which colours the coupling, the early symphonic poem In the Hours of the New Moon (given here in Raskatov's performing edition), written around 1910 for a much larger orchestra. The music shimmers through two massive climaxes before closing in the rapt hush with which it began. The BBC Scottish SO's performances are simply wonderful; full praise to Ilan Volkov for two well prepared and keenly felt interpretations. The sound is superlative, too." -Gramophone

'The music shimmers through two massive climaxes before closing in the rapt hush with which it began. The BBC Scottish SO's performances are simply wonderful; full praise to Ilan Volkov for two well prepared and keenly felt interpretations. The sound is superlative, too' (Gramophone)

'This revelatory new release from a major orchestra ... I attribute the fact that the work seems far more epic in scale than its 11-odd minutes would suggest to its teeming wealth of detail; there is never a dull moment, and once again credit must go to Volkov and the Scottish team for allowing all of it to rise to the surface without ever compromising the work's internal balance. This is resonantly vital music, performed with passion and beautifully recorded by Hyperion' (International Record Review)

'Cette pianiste accomplie sait son métier et le pratique avec honnêteté. Les couleurs sont jolies et une certaine profondeur de champ se discerne ... Rameau composait avec des sons charnels et des sensations intimes, et non avec de désuets et évanescents effluves' (Diapason) 'Ilan Volkov's beautifully conducted recording...' (Guardian)

'powerfully projected by the present performers and makes one eager to hear more orchestral works by this fascinating figure' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Superbly played and recorded....a 'best of the year' release' (Classical Source.com)

'Leave it to Hyperion to come up with another first-class presentation of forgotten but fascinating music... Shimmering sonic fabrics flow into powerfully ecstatic climaxes, often with dancelike rhythms predominating... The performance... is superb in every way, and Hyperion's engineering is some of the best on standard CD today. Highly recommended to the orchestrally curious' (Audiophile Audition)

'[Aux heures de la nouvelles lune] L'oeuvre se présente comme un nocturne, une musique extatique, nettement scriabinenne d'ambiance et laissant poindre un climat volontiers sinistre ... Publication indispensable pour les musicologues ... ' (Diapason)

'Beautifully recorded, it is played with clarity and zest. (Just listen to the clarinet propelling the Chamber Symphony's Scherzo.)Ilan Volkov, 31 this year ... is clearly a man to watch. In sum, this is a distinguished addition to a neglected composer's growing catalog' (Fanfare, USA)

'We owe Volkov, Hyperion, and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra a major debt of gratitude for managing this intrepid and wholly successful musical rescue operation with such conviction' (Classics Today.com)



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>Roslavets, Nikolai : Chamber Symphony
  • Conductor: Ilan Volkov
  • Ensemble: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: BBC Scotland Studio 1, Glasgow, Scotland (12/18/2005-12/19/2005)
  • Running Time: 55 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1934-1935

>Roslavets, Nikolai : In the hours of the new moon
  • Conductor: Ilan Volkov
  • Ensemble: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Caird Hall, Dundee, Scotland (06/04/2004-06/05/2004)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1910