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Rubinstein: Symphony No. 2 'Ocean' [CD]

Anton Rubinstein , Stephen Gunzenhauser , Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: Stephen Gunzenhauser
  • Composer: Anton Rubinstein
  • Audio CD (3 Sep 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B00005NUOQ
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 214,766 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Symphony No. 2 in C major, Op. 42, "Ocean": I. Moderato assai11:47Album Only
Listen  2. Symphony No. 2 in C major, Op. 42, "Ocean": II. Lento assai18:30Album Only
Listen  3. Symphony No. 2 in C major, Op. 42, "Ocean": III. Andante 8:54Album Only
Listen  4. Symphony No. 2 in C major, Op. 42, "Ocean": IV. Allegro 5:02£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Symphony No. 2 in C major, Op. 42, "Ocean": V. Andante 9:08Album Only
Listen  6. Symphony No. 2 in C major, Op. 42, "Ocean": VI. Scherzo 6:06£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Symphony No. 2 in C major, Op. 42, "Ocean": VII. Andante13:25Album Only

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CD Composer: Rubinstein,Anton

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A lot of symphony ! 28 July 2012
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I think that I take to this symphony more than the other reviewer. As it was conceived first of all in four movements, though I do not know which four out of the final seven, I do not feel ashamed to always avoid the long rambling second movement.The first movement is probably the best and it does have a real feel of the sea. The third [andante] is sweet and the fourth is lively and enjoyable.The fifth movement, which is basically the symphony's third slow movement[!], is darker than the Andante and really quite soothing.The scherzo sixth movement is well conceived and nicely scored.The last movement starts haltingly with a feel for the sea again.This introduction lasts for four minutes before launching in to an allegro of some vitality if a tiny bit forced.It is a pity that Rubinstein does not bring back the surging second theme of the first movement, but it does have a lot to commend it including violent outburst-presumably storms.The end is very pompous and 'grand', heralded by big thwacks on the timpany.
The performance seems committed and the sound is acceptable.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Rubinstein's `Ocean' Symphony followed hot on the heels of his first symphony - Rubinstein: Symphonies Vol. 1 - and appeared in its original four movement form in 1851. It was a significant work in his output and, before his popular fourth piano concerto of 1864, did much to put his name on the European map as a composer as well as a piano virtuoso. It was played across the continent, from Russia to England, including an 1854 performance at the Leipzig Gewandhaus no less. Although Balakirev was later to sneeringly refer to it as "a puddle", Rubinstein perhaps sensed the contemporary importance of the symphony in his compositional oeuvre. He continued to tinker with it for the next 29 years, increasing its dimensions with three additional movements and declaring that the work represented "the Seven Seas". It was perhaps to the work's detriment that he added these extra movements and it comes down to us in its final form as a monumental work of (in this performance) almost an hour and a quarter.

As in the first symphony, the influence of Mendelssohn is dominant, particularly in the opening movement, which sounds like a younger sister of that composer's overture `Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage' in some of its woodwind and string writing and in its triumphal coda. It contains some of the strongest melodic ideas in the symphony as a whole, even though the way Rubinstein develops them isn't quite first rate and though the climaxes are rather prosaic and noisy. That movement and the two scherzo-like movements (one labelled `Allegro' and the other `Scherzo' proper) are probably the high points of the score.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars oceanographer's dream 20 Nov 2004
By Mike Salkin - Published on
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The strings play the winds. The brass plays the storms. The woodwinds play the squalls. The percussion plays the low and high pressure areas. Why this is the stuff for a climatologist! This lengthy tone poem masquerading as a symphony is nicely orchestrated by Rubinstein and well played by the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra.

Yes, some would derogatively say "C'est Rubinstein", but his music here is pleasant and "an evocative picture of the sea".
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's not "La Mer" 23 Jan 2006
By David Arenson - Published on
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But few things are. This is a pleasant, Mendelssonian work by a second-rank Romantic composer who had a gift for melody. One can see how 19th century audiences might have been taken with Rubinstein's evocation of the sea, which is most pronounced in the first and second movements. Some movements, though, seem decidedly un-oceanlike, though they still entertain.

This is not a taut, thrilling ride across the seven seas; it's more like a pleasant afternoon rowing around the marina. Rubinstein does not demand enormous concentration from his listeners. Still, it is enjoyable on its own terms and can be easily recommended to fans of Romantic curiosities.

As to the performance, there is nothing to compare it to, though it seems decent enough. The work is deserving of more interpretations, given its 70-odd minutes of possibilities.
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