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Felix Blumenfeld and Georgy Catoire: Symphonies / Royal Scottish Nat'l Orch., Yates

Album Summary

>Blumenfeld, Felix : Symphony in C minor, Op. 39 ("To the Dear Beloved")
>Catoire, Georgi Lvovich : Symphony in C minor, Op. 7
Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

On this superb recording, Martin Yates and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra perform symphonies by Georgy Catoire and Felix Blumenfeld. These contemporaries are remembered as pianists, yet both were so much more. Catoire's Symphony in C minor is in four large-scale movements redolent of the great Russian nationalist composers. Just two years younger than Catoire, Blumenfeld's Symphony in C minor, subtitled À la mémoire des chers défunts, is a stupendous score honoring those killed in the failed 1905 Revolution.

Gramophone Magazine, March 2013
The rival Russian recording [of the Blumenfeld], still obtainable with a bit of shopping around, has a special sweep and aura but Martin Yates and the RSNO are more sure-footed technically and bring out almost as much Russian nobilmente. Catoire's symphony is an even greater rarity...no reason not to invest, if you are at all interested in Russian symphonism in the Silver Age.

MusicWeb International, January 2013
The Catoire symphony is a completely new contender for your curiosity, attention and enthusiasm...These two works serve to prove that the different shadows cast by Tchaikovsky and Glazunov sometimes and enigmatically imparted light rather than suffocating shade.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Glasgow Royal Concert Hall (08/22/2012-08/23/2012).



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Works Details

>Blumenfeld, Felix : Symphony in C minor, Op. 39 ("To the Dear Beloved")
  • Conductor: Martin Yates
  • Ensemble: Royal Scottish National Orchestra
  • Notes: Glasgow Royal Concert Hall (08/22/2012-08/23/2012)
  • Running Time: 31 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral

>Catoire, Georgi Lvovich : Symphony in C minor, Op. 7
  • Conductor: Martin Yates
  • Notes: Glasgow Royal Concert Hall (08/22/2012-08/23/2012)
  • Running Time: 40 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral