Anton Rubinstein was one of the towering figures of nineteenth-century music, a great piano virtuoso, conductor and influential teacher. The fifth of his six Symphonies
is thoroughly Russian in its melodies, and is often compared to his student Tchaikovsky's First Symphony
. The overture to Rubinstein's first opera Dmitry Donsky
is based on a similarly national Russian theme, while Faust
, written in Leipzig in 1854, is the sole surviving movement of an abandoned Faust symphony. Rubinstein's Symphonies Nos. 3
can be heard on Naxos 8.555590 and 8.555979.
Symphonie n°5, op.107 - Dmitry Donskoy - Faust, op.68 / George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra - Horia Andreescu, direction