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Anton Rubinstein: Symphony No. 2 "Ocean"; Ballet Music from Feramors / Golovchin

> Symphony No. 2 in C major, Op. 42, "Ocean" (1851 version) - I. Allegro maestoso
> Symphony No. 2 in C major, Op. 42, "Ocean" (1851 version) - II. Adagio non tanto
> Symphony No. 2 in C major, Op. 42, "Ocean" (1851 version) - III. Allegro
> Symphony No. 2 in C major, Op. 42, "Ocean" (1851 version) - IV. Adagio - Allegro con fuoco
> Feramors - Dance of the Bayaderes No. 1
> Feramors - Torchlight Dance of the Brides of Kashmir
> Feramors - Dance of the Bayaderes No. 2
> Feramors - Bridal Procession

Album Summary

>Rubinstein, Anton : Symphony no 2 in C major ("Ocean"), Op. 42
>Rubinstein, Anton : Feramors
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"... a work written by a young, ebullient, but quite mature talent, and distinguished, beyond its broad scope and youthful freshness, by a remarkably unified conception." Thus did Russian master P.I. Tchaikovsky describe the long-neglected "Ocean" Symphony (Symphony No. 2 in C Major, Op. 42 -- Original Version) by Anton Rubinstein, his composition teacher at (and the founder of) the St. Petersburg Conservatory. His "Ocean" symphony is a bold and highly original programmatic work that convincingly evokes the struggle of man against the elemental forces that rule the seas. Echoes of composers like Mendelssohn and Schumann are heard in the work, no doubt the result of Rubinstein's European training and exposure - yet there remains a certain Russian pathos and earthiness. Also heard here is a colorful suite of dances from Rubinstein's oriental-flavored opera, Feramors. Igor Golovschin and his Russian State Symphony Orchestra provide skillful and idiomatically true performances.

American Record Guide, September / October 2012
In the case of the Ocean Symphony, your choice may depend first of all on which version you're looking for. Originally cast in four movements, the symphony proved quite impressive when it was first performed in St Petersburg. Tchaikovsky praised it effusively. Yet the composer was not satisfied and 11 years later added another two movements, followed by one more nearly 30 years after the St Petersburg premiere. Tchaikovsky felt they destroyed the artistic balance of the original score and made the symphony much too long; and it would appear Russian conductors agree with him, since both Golovchin and Fuat Mansurov on Vista Vera (Mar/Apr 2008) employ the original four-movement version (George Hanson as well: MDG; July/Aug 2004). Only Stephen Gunzenhauser on Naxos gives you all seven movements (Mar/Apr 2002; Jan/Feb 1988), so you can program any version you choose. More to the point, that is by far the most satisfying of the lot anyway, both for performance and sonics. (For a more detailed synopsis of all seven movements, see our 2008 review.)

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Russia (1993).



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Works Details

>Rubinstein, Anton : Symphony no 2 in C major ("Ocean"), Op. 42
  • Conductor: Igor Golovschin
  • Ensemble: Russian State Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 47 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1851

>Rubinstein, Anton : Feramors :: Ballet Music. Dance of Bayaderes no 1
  • Conductor: Igor Golovschin
  • Running Time: 5 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1862

>Rubinstein, Anton : Feramors :: Ballet Music. Dance of the Kashmiri Brides
  • Conductor: Igor Golovschin
  • Running Time: 5 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1862

>Rubinstein, Anton : Feramors :: Ballet Music. Dance of Bayaderes no 2
  • Conductor: Igor Golovschin
  • Running Time: 4 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1862

>Rubinstein, Anton : Feramors :: Ballet Music. Wedding Procession
  • Conductor: Igor Golovschin
  • Running Time: 3 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1862