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Lyapunov - Symphony No 2; Zelazowa Wola


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  • Conductor: Svetlanov, E.
  • Composer: LYAPUNOV, S.
  • Audio CD (8 Aug 2007)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: MELODIYA
  • ASIN: B000R31NFQ
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 490,697 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Largo. Allegro risoluto
2. Allegro vivace. A doppio piu lento il tempo precedente. Tempo I
3. Adagio
4. Finale. Allegro molto, con strepito. Poco piu moderate maestoso. All'a breve sempre
5. Zelazowa Wola, Symphonic Poem

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. A. Peacock on 12 July 2011
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While Lyapunov's first symphony has received some recent interest from the record industry in recordings by high profile labels like Chandos and Naxos, his second maintains rather more elusive position in the catalogues. As far as I can tell, the only two available recordings are both conducted by Svetlanov - this live Soviet recording from 1969 and a later one made with French Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and released by the Naïve label in 2004.

One can understand the appeal of his first symphony: written under the guidance of Balakirev (he was a "second generation" protégé of that composer), it ticks every stylistic box that the listener might be thought to require from a "Russian Symphony" but the flip side of this is that, for all its charms, it also sounds very generic and lacking in individuality. The neglect of its successor, in fact Lyapunov's last major score, is a shame I think. Balakirev's influence is still there in part - the rhythmic patterns towards the end of the opening movement (around 17 minutes in) for instance or throughout the scherzo, the writing for brass and percussion in the same movements, even the key signature of B flat minor is one of Balakirev's favourites - but there is a rugged grandeur and a dark hued quality to it that is more personal than anything in the earlier work. Perhaps that enigmatic quality and the composer's attempt to replace the folk-inspired tunefulness of the first symphony with something of more serious import accounts for its neglect but it is a work of mostly well-sustained interest across the broadly conceived canvas Lyapunov employs.

'Zelazowa Wola' is a symphonic poem written as a memorial to Chopin (the name refers to the place of his birth).
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