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Rimsky-Korsakov - Symphonies No.1 & No.3

Composer Nikolay Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra
Kees Bakels, conductor
Period Romantic
Catalogue Number BIS-1477 CD
EAN 7318590014776
Format CD
Release date Apr 2005
Total time 66'48

Classics Today 10/10; Gramophone: outstanding.

In the mind of the general music lover, Rimsky-Korsakov is to a large extent associated with two works: Sheherazade and The Flight of the Bumblebee. It is therefore a great pleasure to be able, in our ongoing series of his orchestral music, to present works less well-known but equally deserving of a wider audience. On the present disc, the ebullient Fantasia on Serbian Themes has a certain following, but the two symphonies are less often played. At it's première, Symphony No. 1 was proclaimed the first Russian symphony, perhaps mainly because it employs a Russian folksong for its lyrical second movement. Composed in 1865, when Rimsky-Korsakov was only 21 years old, it was revised some twenty years later, and it is this second version that we hear on this recording. His third symphony was also his last, leaving him to explore the looser orchestral forms of suites, tone poems and fantasias. But already noticeable is his lavish orchestration, a feature which the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra and Kees Bakels bring out with wonderful panache. Reviews of the two previous volumes (BIS-CD-1377 and 1387) have been full of praise for this wonderful team, and for the recordings themselves: “The brilliance and realism are simply breathtaking, with a full dynamic range, ideal depth and breadth of soundstage, firm bass, open highs, and a panoramic splendor unrivaled on disc.” (Classics and "This is a gorgeous recording, highly recommended. The commitment of the performers is just overwhelming.” (Classical MusicWeb)
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  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
  Symphony No.1 in E minor,Op.1 (second version, 1884) 25'11
01 I. Largo assai - Allegro 7'06
02 II. Andante tranquillo 7'25
03 III. Scherzo 4'46
04 IV. Allegro assai 5'54
05 Fantasy on Serbian Themes, Op.6 (second version, 1887) 6'46
  Symphony No.3 in C major, Op.32 33'51
06 I. Moderato assai - Allegro 13'16
07 II. Scherzo 5'46
08 III. Andante 9'09
09 IV. Allegro con spirito 5'40
  Album total 66'48
OrchestraMalaysian Philharmonic Orchestra
ConductorBakels, Kees
ComposerRimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai

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