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Kalinnikov: Symphony Nos. 1 & 2 [CD]

Neeme Järvi Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: Royal Scottish National Orchestra
  • Conductor: Neeme Jrvi
  • Composer: Vasily Sergeyevich Kalinnikov
  • Audio CD (1 Oct 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Chandos
  • ASIN: B000000B19
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 204,761 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Symphony No. 1 in G Minor: I. Allegro moderatoRoyal Scottish National Orchestra14:12Album Only
Listen  2. Symphony No. 1 in G Minor: II. Andante commodamenteRoyal Scottish National Orchestra 7:15£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Symphony No. 1 in G Minor: III. Scherzo: Allegro non troppo - Moderato assaiRoyal Scottish National Orchestra 7:40£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Symphony No. 1 in G Minor: IV. Finale: Allegro moderatoRoyal Scottish National Orchestra 8:40Album Only
Listen  5. Symphony No. 2 in A Major: I. Moderato - Allegro non troppoRoyal Scottish National Orchestra10:17Album Only
Listen  6. Symphony No. 2 in A Major: II. Andante cantabileRoyal Scottish National Orchestra 8:08Album Only
Listen  7. Symphony No. 2 in A Major: III. Allegro scherzandoRoyal Scottish National Orchestra 8:09Album Only
Listen  8. Symphony No. 2 in A Major: IV. Andante cantabile - Allegro vivoRoyal Scottish National Orchestra10:58Album Only


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Royal Scottish National Orchestra - Neeme Järvi, direction

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Symphonies 4 Feb 2012
Format:Audio CD
As I amd fond of Russian music (and literature for that matter), I was eager to hear these symphonies and indeed I was not disappointed, on the contrary. Neeme Järvi is a well known director for Russian and Scandinavian music and again he confirmed his reputation with these symphonies. Also the Royal Scottish Orchestra deserves a bravo here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blown away 2 May 2013
By Roger
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A mixture of romantics - Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky at his most lyrical. I heard Symphony No: 1 in Mumbles in February 2013 and rushed home to buy it on Amazon - couldn't wait to hear it again. Buy it, play it, love it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fast Paced and Bright, It May Be Too Much for Some 24 Jun 1999
By R. Michael Craig - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Vasily Serge's life is another example of an incredibly talented artist's being taken before his/her full bloom. Based upon the few works he left, one can only guess as to what greatness he might have arisen.

I have the separate CD's of the two symphonies which are the basis for this release. I found that the performances seem to emphasize the brass section of the orchestra which gives the recordings a rather bright tone that can cause listener fatigue under certain situations. The tempo of the second symphony is quite quick especialy the last movement marked Allegro vivo.

Personally I prefer the interpretations of these two symphonies by The Symphony Orchestra of Russia conducted by Veronika Dudarova. Performed at a more moderate tempo and with a warmer tone, this recording has a more sonicly pleasing presentation to these ears.

Regardless of the orchestra, listening to these symphonies will cause one to grieve about Kalinnikov's short life. Perhaps had he lived his name would be up with those of the great Russian composers. One can only guess.
24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good reading except... 19 Mar 2003
By Russell J. Grasso - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Second and third movements of Symphony #1 are wonderful - no complaints. My complaints are with the outer movements.
In the first movement, Jarvi does not subscribe to all the dynamic markings in the score, making the reading less interesting than it could have been if the composer's intent was followed more often.
The last movement of Symphony #1 is the most disappointing as it is played ludicrously fast, stripping away its impact, detail and majesty in the coda. Being a violinist currently playing this piece in my orchestra, I am familiar with the great moments in this last movement. I can't hear many of these listening to Jarvi's break-neck flurry. It does not provide sufficient resolution to document Kalinnikmov's notable effort.
I have no review for Symphony #2 to offer.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, beautiful, and touching compositions... 18 Jun 2005
By Mr Russell S. Wollman - Published on Amazon.com
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...perhaps it's just a phase, but as time goes on, I'm becoming more enamored of all the Russian composers. These two symphonies from a little-known man who faced great difficulties and hardships in life are rich testimony to the victory of mind over matter, an inspiration to anyone struggling to gain access to a well-hidden talent.

Upon listening, it is hard for me to imagine that Kalinnikov suffered from poverty and poor health. Great brightness, joy, and power are available in his two symphonies. To my mind they display great coherence and craftsmanship, which you may appreciate in the restatement of themes, tying each work together as a well-integrated whole. Some may think his compositions conservative, but art is, of course, in the ear of the beholder. There is abundant evidence of the master at work here. The real power of these compositions is the delicate balance between the great musical activity and the deep silence of the composer's mind. Only from a calm, quiet, creative mind could work like this have come.

The 2nd movement of the first symphony is delicate, tender, and powerful at the same time-and extremely touching.

I have heard the 1st work performed with more punch by a Russian orchestra. But this performance is smooth, sweet, and powerful, a fitting tribute to a man who undoubtedly had a very rich inner life. Kalinnikov's work deserves to be in the repertoir.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars In MP3 Format, Kuchar (NSO Ukraine / Naxos) Beats Järvi (Royal Scottish / Chandos) By a Hair 9 Aug 2011
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I have compared track-by-track the two very-good-to-excellent MP3 versions of Kalinnikov's symphonies available as of 2011: Neemi Järvi and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (Chandos, 1997), and Theodore Kuchar and National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine (Naxos, 1995). Although I have not listened to other conductors' versions of the Kalinnikov symphonies*, I give Kuchar five stars and Järvi four stars for the following reasons.

First, Kuchar's orchestra plays more together (more "crisply") than Järvi's. This is most evident when there are notes separated by rests, as in the sample audio (where the waveforms are more "spread out" in Järvi's version, indicating worse synchronization).

Second, on average, Kuchar's tempos tend to be a tad slower in the 1st, 3rd, and 4th movements, which emphasizes their majesty. As another reviewer noted, Järvi's tempos (e.g., in the last movement of No. 1) are so fast that parts are muddled.

Third, Kuchar's woodwinds are more prominent than Järvi's, perhaps due to microphone placement. Although perhaps a bit unnatural (you would rarely hear the woodwinds so clearly in a live concert), this prominence helps you appreciate the interplay of the woodwinds with the other parts of the orchestra.

Fourth, the brass in Järvi's versions are too "bright" (irritating) for my tastes, although I suppose you could turn the treble control down.

Finally, I just found the Kuchar versions more entertaining, wearing the symphonies' emotions on their sleeves. Each track in the Järvi versions left me wanting to fast forward through it to determine if the next track was more interesting, which never actually occurred.

BTW, the recording quality (both with a bit too much reverberation) and the cost of the two sets of MP3s were similar.

* such as Samuel Friedmann's version of No. 1; Kiril Kondrashin's version of No. 1; Evgeny Svetlanov's versions of No. 1 and No. 2; and Veronika Dudarova's versions of both.
16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, Exciting works. But why the compilation? 31 May 1999
By David Anthony Hollingsworth - Published on Amazon.com
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Vasily Sergeyevich Kalinnikov (1866-1901) was on his way of becoming among the bigger forces in late Russian Romantic music. However, obtacles stood in his way during his life. He grew up in poverty during his youth, and although he wanted to enroll as a student at the Moscow Conservatory of Music, he could not afford it. Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky, who sympathized with Kalinnikov, recommended him to a conducting position at the Opera Theater in Moscow. Kalinnikov was able to achieve an education and thereafter, began to compose in earnest, completing two symphonies, miscellaneous orchestral scores, piano, chamber, vocal works, as well as an incidental music to the play "Tsar Boris." However, Kalinnikov fell sickened by tuberculosis, and retired to Crimea. He never recovered and passed on just two days before his 35th birthday. By the time of his death, Kalinnikov was an overlooked figure & his works were ignored even by the publishers. It was Sergei Rachmaninov who was instrumental in having Kalinnikov's music published, by Tchaikovsky's publisher, Pyotr Jurgensen .

The First Symphony of 1895 earned Kalinnikov a long lasting reputation, despite problems in getting the work premiered (the insecured Rimsky-Korsakov had low regards for the symphony & the original score was temporarily lost). The work, which brings to mind Balakirev's First symphony, is remarkably fresh, energetic, & inspiring, with the alluring wonders of the andante commodamente movement and the rustic playfulness of the scherzo. It has that appealing Tchaikovskian passion and poetics in the final movement in particular and the idiom is not a world apart from that of the Russian Five (again with Balakirev the main impetus of the work). The Second Symphony (written two years later) is altogether more folksy though quite as appealing as its predecessor. Here, Borodin looms a bit large at this juncture. Gone is the drama of the First Symphony's first movement and in its place is the festive atmosphere that dominates this movement and the finale. The slow movement goes along dreamily. All in all, an endearing work, and conductors like Svetlanov, Kuchar, Kondrashin, Dudarova, and Jarvi were right not to place this work in the back seat of oblivion despite the popularity of the First Symphony.

The performances of Neemi Jarvi and the Scottish National Orchestra are affectionate all-round and bestowed with Chandos' usual atmospheric, radiant sound (albeit with a bit less warmth in comparison with the original recordings of these works). The compilation for me though, seems rather superfluous, since in the original albums, Glazunov's "The Sea" and "Spring" as well as Kalinnikov's overture to "Tsar Boris" & "The Cedar and the Palm" were also featured alongside the symphonies: the shorter works that are now scattered with reissues of other works. Moreover, the booklet essay could use a bit more depth. So for anyone who already possesses the original discs of these wonderful, inspiring works, there's really no need to acquire this album. For newcomers, however, this is an appealing buy. But you may have to go out of your way to get Jarvi's renditions of the aforementioned shorter works, by far the best in the catalogue.

For my money, the original releases will continue to do just fine, especially when Glazunov and Kalinnikov have so many appealing things to say in these works big and small. And to have them in these two original discs rather than to hunt for them in other (upcoming) reissues is an added luxury.
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