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Rimsky-Korsakov: Symphonies Nos. 1-3, Capriccio Espagnol, Russian Easter Overture, Sadko, Piano concerto Double CD


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  • Performer: Geoffrey Tozer
  • Orchestra: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: Dmitri Kitajenko
  • Composer: Nikolay Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov
  • Audio CD (24 July 2000)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Chandos Collect
  • ASIN: B00004W3J8
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 134,382 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

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Listen  1. Symphony No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 1: I. Largo assai - AllegroBergen Philharmonic Orchestra 8:42Album Only
Listen  2. Symphony No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 1: II. Andante tranquilloBergen Philharmonic Orchestra 8:25Album Only
Listen  3. Symphony No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 1: III. Scherzo: VivaceBergen Philharmonic Orchestra 5:09£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Symphony No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 1: IV. Allegro assaiBergen Philharmonic Orchestra 5:52£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Symphony No. 2, Op. 9, "Antar" (1897 version): I. Largo - Allegro giocosoBergen Philharmonic Orchestra13:16Album Only
Listen  6. Symphony No. 2, Op. 9, "Antar" (1897 version): II. AllegroBergen Philharmonic Orchestra 4:56£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Symphony No. 2, Op. 9, "Antar" (1897 version): III. Allegro risoluto alla marciaBergen Philharmonic Orchestra 5:50£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Symphony No. 2, Op. 9, "Antar" (1897 version): IV. Allegretto vivaceBergen Philharmonic Orchestra 8:35Album Only
Listen  9. Capriccio espagnol, Op. 34: I. Alborada: Vivo e strepitoso -Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra 1:17£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Capriccio espagnol, Op. 34: II. Variazioni: Andante con moto -Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra 4:50£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Capriccio espagnol, Op. 34: III. Alborada: Vivo e strepitoso -Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra 1:20£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Capriccio espagnol, Op. 34: IV. Scena e canto gitano: Allegretto -Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra 5:11£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Capriccio espagnol, Op. 34: V. Fandango asturiano. Vivo - PrestoBergen Philharmonic Orchestra 3:38£0.59  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Symphony No. 3 in C Major, Op. 32: I. Moderato assai - AllegroBergen Philharmonic Orchestra13:57Album Only
Listen  2. Symphony No. 3 in C Major, Op. 32: II. Scherzo: Vivo - Trio: ModeratoBergen Philharmonic Orchestra 7:41£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Symphony No. 3 in C Major, Op. 32: III. AndanteBergen Philharmonic Orchestra 9:08Album Only
Listen  4. Symphony No. 3 in C Major, Op. 32: IV. Allegro con spiritoBergen Philharmonic Orchestra 6:29£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Svetliy prazdnik (Russian Easter Festival), Op. 36: Russian Easter Festival, Op. 36Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra15:43Album Only
Listen  6. Sadko, Op. 5Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra13:14Album Only
Listen  7. Piano Concerto in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 30Geoffrey Tozer13:22Album Only

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Casley TOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 July 2012
Format: Audio CD
This set of two CDs was originally recorded in 1993. These are generous discs with a playing time of seventy-seven and eighty minutes. Dmitri Kitajenko is not a conductor of whom I have previously had experience, but he inspires fine playing from the Bergen Philharmonic. The sound quality is excellent.

First, the three symphonies. All are the later revised editions, their dates being: 1865 (revised 1884), 1868 (1897) and 1873 (1886).

David Nice, in his sleevenotes, highlights the Schumannesque qualities of the First, qualities present from the opening bars reminiscent of the German composer's `Manfred'. The first movement is spirited and melodious although its development lacks inspiration (but Rimsky was only seventeen at the time). The second movement is clearly more Russian in feel, the composer claiming Glinka as his model. But already Rimsky shows a predilection for the seductive orchestral colour that he would make his trademark. The lively scherzo is let down by a formless trio. The finale has a Brahmsian feel.

The Second Symphony was later viewed by Rimsky more as a symphonic suite. It has literary associations with the mythological character Antar. While in four movements, they do not follow the traditional symphonic blueprint: for example, there is no formal slow movement, the first movement does not follow sonata form, and the finale is unconventional. (Where before have I heard the viola motif that comprises the second idée fixe in the first movement's introduction? It appears in all subsequent movements.) The second movement is certainly full of the vengeance it is supposed to convey, whilst the third demonstrates Rimsky's powers of counterpoint in an `allegro risoluto alla marcia'.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M T PHYTHIAN on 7 April 2013
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This CD demonstrates how Russia has produced world class music.
The piano and orchestral pieces are brilliantly played
The recording is of high quality
Will be very much appreciated by serious musicians and piano players alike
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Rick My on 16 Oct 2010
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Rimsky-Korsakov's Russian Romantic Era music sympathetically rendered in high quality CD sound.

If you need somewhere to start appreciating music, this is highly accessible, but with lots of mileage for the more experienced listener too. Emotional depth, great range of colours and a distinctive Russian identity permeate this wonderful interpretation. And you get so much for your cash too.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dr. R. Pugh on 2 May 2011
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These symphonies are so rarely heard that the discs are something of a lucky dip, but the extras are a welcome bonus. Granted that the symphonies are not first-rank, it is good to have them available, and the performances and recording are at least adequate if not better.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Review of the music in a historical context 4 Nov 2000
By L A Shields - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Any fans of Rimsky-Korsakov, Russian or classical music will enjoy this CD. The works contained on the 2 disk CD, give a great overview to some of Rimsky-Korsakov's finest compositions. The one movement piano concerto is of particular interest, Rimsky-Korsakov could not play piano yet the concerto shows incredible understanding of the instrument and the form. In Rimsky-Korsakov's book "My Musical Life" he comments on a Lisztian influence when composing this piece. The three symphonies display ideals from the "The Mighty Handful"(Balakirev, Moussorgsky, Borodin, Cui and Rimksy-Korsakov) and a shift away from the German hegemony so apparent at the time. The Russian Easter Overture draws on light ecclesiastical references that combine with great orchestration. Sadko(a musical picture) is a tone poem and can also be linked to Liszt, in particular "Ce qu'on entend sur la montagne". Rimsky-Korsakov uses the harmonic and modulatory basis of Liszt's work to depict the "calm surging sea". Capriccio Espagnol displays some of the best orchestration ever written, in the piece Rimsky-Korsakov proves his ingenuity of the art. With this list of orchestral pieces The Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra do not deserve anything less than 5 stars
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Extremely interesting music, but the performances leave a little to be desired 27 Feb 2009
By G.D. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The quality of Rimsky-Korsakov's symphonies is the object of some disagreement, in particular with regards to the most famous of them, the second. I belong to those who view it as an utterly remarkable work, a truly original and compelling piece that doesn't really sound like anything else. The composer later re-published it as a symphonic suite, and although many seem to think that this categorization is more accurate, I myself find that it actually works quite well as a genuine symphony - but no matter; it is really a marvelous and memorable work. It is also far superior to the other two; no. 1 is very early and was revised several times over; it is a colorful work that the composer obviously struggled to make structurally coherent. Much the same is the case with no. 3, which contains a fine slow movement and a delightful 5/4 scherzo, but which doesn't overall leave a very lasting impression.

Kitajenko takes a bold and resolute approach. But in the end the performances aren't really a match for Järvi and the Gothenburg players - Rimsky-Korsakov was a master of orchestral colors, and these works need players who can realize these, and in that respect the rather coarse-grained and somewhat lifeless playing of the Bergen Philharmonic doesn't stand up to the lushness and textural atmospheres conjured up by Järvi and the Gothenburgers.

The same goes, in general, for the fillers. The famous Russian Easter Ouverture sounds a little gritty and lackluster, rather than ideally buoyant, colorful and ferocious. The performances aren't bad, but there are better versions available. Capriccio Espagnol fares better, but here the competition is even fiercer. The Sadko overture is, however, very fine, with lots of color and atmosphere (I do, by the way, urge readers to consider obtaining the whole fantasy fairy-tale opera). The piano concerto is far from a masterpiece, despite some decent tunes. Tozer plays it finely, but one could in the wish for some more flashy brilliance in the playing (Tozer seems to take it a little more seriously than its slight structure can bear).

All in all, this is a worthwhile set, but all the music is available in superior performances, so I would proceed with some care (Rimsky-Korsakov, whose main strength lies in conjuring up magic with orchestral colors, is one those composers who really requires as good performances as possible). Sound quality is rich and full, however.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
lifeless performances in slow, pedestrian tempos 9 Jun 2014
By Brian H. Williams - Published on Amazon.com
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I was seeking the complete symphonies from Rimsky, so I picked this one. What a dud this was. The ONLY performance on here that I really enjoyed was the piano concerto. But the work itself is so short, it doesn't leave a lasting impression in the annals of great piano concertos. But I'd rather listen to this, than his plodding take on the Russian Easter Overture.

If you have the Russian Easter by Rodzinski and Stokowski, be prepared to hear how the work should NOT be conducted. Absolutely no drive and excitement. There isn't a sense of occasion. You find yourself WANTING Kitajenko to pick up the tempo. It's so plodding and boring, it's hard to believe that he actually thinks this is the way it should go. It's a complete waste of space.

Which leaves us the symphonies. If you like that hollow cavernous sound to your music, then you will like this fine. But for me, the sound is a little too difuse for me. I need a little bit closer miking. The symphonies are also given the slow, plodding readings that plauged the overture. But Antar wasn't too bad, but it's not excatly memorable either.

So find someone else and avoid this one.
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