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Wuppertal Symphony Orchestra

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  • Audio CD (9 Sep 2013)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: MDG
  • ASIN: B0001M6GGE
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 539,519 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Ouverture Triomphale Op. 43
2. Serenade Russe Nr. 1 Op. 93
3. Valse Caprice
4. Trot De Cavalerie
5. Moderato Assai
6. Andante
7. Allegro
8. Andante
9. Track 9

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Russia's Anton Rubinstein (1829-1894) was a most remarkable man. Teacher, organiser of Russia's musical life, conductor, pianist (a rival to Liszt) and composer of 20 operas, 6 symphonies, 5 piano concertos, 2 cello concertos, a violin concerto, chamber works and a whole mass of piano music. Where on earth did he find the time for all this activity? After Rubinstein's death, this whole body of music sank without trace, outside Russia at least. In the last few decades, on record, if not in the concert hall or opera house, Rubinstein's music has made something of a comeback. Of the symphonies, the least
obscure is No 2 in C, known as the Ocean Symphony. It first appeared in 1851, but the composer kept tinkering with it over the next 30-odd years, adding three additional movements to the original four. It is the original version we have here. Previous recordings of this work have been by worthy, but second-rate ensembles. Played here, by a full-sounding orchestra, richly recorded, the symphony emerges into a whole new light. I can't believe that a similar performance in the concert hall would not be enjoyed by the audience. I've never noticed before how much the music really does conjure up mind-pictures of the sea. Of the remaining works, the Triumphal Overture comes from 1860. It's rather a strange piece, and the booklet note is no help. After a grandiose opening, we get a fast section which sounds like battle music, during which "God Save the Queen" appears extensively. The work finishes with the Tsarist Hymn in triumph. The remaining three pieces are orchestrations of piano works. They make entertaining listening. As I have hinted, the Wuppertal orchestra is in fine form, sumptuously recorded. Thoroughly recommended.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A Different Ocean 25 Jan 2007
By John D. Pilkey - Published on Amazon.com
I purchased this CD in order to hear a different performance after finding the Naxos version an intriguing if puzzling experience. As it turns out, the two performances are based on two entirely different versions of the symphony. The Naxos performance is based on the 1880 score inflated into the broad Pacific by three additional movements raising the total to seven like the seven seas gathered into one super-ocean. The present CD reverts to the original 1851 score, which consists of the normal four movements more like the Mediterranean Sea surrounding Mendelssohn's lively Italian Symphony. The 1851 version is a more normal and appealing but less intriguing work even though there is a curious, distinctive beauty about it. Before I realized the difference I kept listening for the second movement of the 1880 version-- a literalistic depiction of a storm at sea including a rain-drop effect. After this colorful second movement, I kept getting lost in the Naxos version somewhere in the five additional movements as though I missed a cue, hit an iceberg and sank.

The additional, shorter pieces on the CD are polished light music of the 19th century type including a "Valse caprice." The second number "Serenade russe" offers some Russian color of a type that turns up only once in the symphonies, in the first movement of No. 5. Rubinstein is much more Russian in his fine opera The Demon, which should be better known. The opening number "Ouverture triomphale" begins blandly but arrives at a smashing conclusion analogous to the one in Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture. None of these Russian overtures achieves anything like the intensity of Beethoven's Egmont Overture; nor do they even match up well with Mendelssohn's Hebrides Overture. Except for Boris Godounov, Russian music did not achieve greatness until Shostakovich with Stravinsky's Rite of Spring and Prokofiev's Alexander Nevsky thrown in. But Rubinstein's Ocean Symphony is definitely worth the price of this CD.
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Rubinstein Orchestral Works, Volume 2 22 Sep 2010
By Jay Silman - Published on Amazon.com
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A continuing series of Anton Rubinstein's Orchestral Works. What happened to Volume 3?
This Volume, purchased at Amazon, highlights Rubinstein's Symphony No. 2 subtitled "Ocean" in the original four movement version. The conductor presents this work in a way that puts the listener in the orchestral hall of the performance. The tempos are played according to the score and the filler items are just as enjoyable as if attending a real concert performance.
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