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Grechaninov: Mass 'Et in terra pax'; Symphony No. 2

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Listen  1. Symphony No. 2 in A Major, Op. 27, "Pastoral": I. Pastorale: Moderato assai e poco rubato - Allegro giocosoRussian State Symphony Orchestra 7:580.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Symphony No. 2 in A Major, Op. 27, "Pastoral": II. AndanteRussian State Symphony Orchestra12:21Album Only
Listen  3. Symphony No. 2 in A Major, Op. 27, "Pastoral": III. Scherzo: Vivo assaiRussian State Symphony Orchestra 7:250.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Symphony No. 2 in A Major, Op. 27, "Pastoral": IV. Finale: Allegro vivaceRussian State Symphony Orchestra10:36Album Only
Listen  5. Mass, Op. 166, "Et in terra pax": Kyrie -Anatoly Obraztsov 1:480.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Mass, Op. 166, "Et in terra pax": Gloria [Et in terra pax] -Anatoly Obraztsov 4:230.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Mass, Op. 166, "Et in terra pax": Credo -Anatoly Obraztsov 6:520.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Mass, Op. 166, "Et in terra pax": Sanctus -Anatoly Obraztsov 1:370.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Mass, Op. 166, "Et in terra pax": Benedictus -Anatoly Obraztsov 2:080.59  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Mass, Op. 166, "Et in terra pax": Agnus DeiAnatoly Obraztsov 3:400.59  Buy MP3 

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Grechaninov needs a place in the spotlight 6 Mar 2010
By Eric S. Kim - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I love Russian classical music. With the sole exception of Tchaikovsky, it's always a pleasure to listen to orchestral, choral, & operatic works created by Mussorgsky, Stravinsky, Rachmaninov, Shostakovich, etc. However, I'm a bit saddened that not a lot of people know about the more underrated composers. If I utter the names Glazunov or Balakirev, then people probably won't know who I am referring to. It's really a tragedy, because these composers have created some marvelous music in the past. Alexander Grechaninov is one of those underrated composers who hasn't been getting any worldwide recognition since his death. I think it's because people have been comparing him to Tchaikovsky and Borodin. That shouldn't be necessary, because even though Grechaninov's music lacks perfect orchestration, they still bring a sense of delight and relaxation. Currently, I own Grechaninov's Passion Week, Symphony No. 1, and Symphony No. 2 (all three of which are from Chandos). I'm glad to have purchased all three of them, because every single composition on these CD's convey a certain Romantic beauty that you would normally find in Borodin and Glazunov's music.

This specific CD features the second symphony, as well as the premiere recording of Mass "Et in terra pax." The 40-minute long symphony is titled the "Pastoral Symphony," and while it isn't as programmatic as Beethoven's "Pastoral," it still has some rich and colorful textures that lie on the orchestrations. It is typically separated into four movements: Allegro, Andante, Scherzo, and Finale. The Mass "Et in terra pax" is a divine piece of work. It reminds me of Dvorak's Mass in D Major with its heavenly atmosphere. The only problem is that it's a bit too short; it's only twenty minutes long.

As usual, maestro Valery Polyansky has done a terrific job with the music. His lack of an ego really helps with the flow, which is just right. The Russian State Symphony Orchestra gives a fine performance with the second symphony, while the Russian State Symphonic Cappella is just superb with the Mass. Anatoly Obraztsov may not have a steady bass voice, but the intelligence in his voice is what makes the "Credo" in the Mass enjoyable. Sound quality from Chandos is, as always, a plus.

Grade: A-
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