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Rimsky-korsakov: Symphonies No 1 & 3, Etc / Bakels


Release Date: 06/28/2005 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 1477   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor:  Kees Bakels
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


While Rimsky-Korsakov's symphonies are admittedly not great works, they do exploit the composer's gifts for melody and orchestration--qualities that Kees Bakels brings to the fore in these delightful performances with the Malaysian Philharmonic. Bakels effectively captures the exotic timbres of Rimsky-Korsakov's instrumentation, giving particular attention to the brass and strings in Symphony No. 1, while in No. 3 he highlights the characterful woodwind writing. He also employs well-judged, energetic tempos--less driven than Järvi's--that make the finales of both symphonies sound lively and robust.


Symphony No. 3's slow movement, with its beautiful main theme, comes off
Read more best. Here Bakels' sensitivity and ear for nuance creates a serene, magical atmosphere. The same goes for the brief but enchanting Fantasia on Serbian Themes. All this is made possible by excellent orchestral playing, with the Malaysian Philharmonic members fully immersed the composer's unique sound world. BIS's spacious, dynamically wide-ranging recording renders the performances with impressive fidelity and sonic impact. [8/29/2005]
--Victor Carr Jr, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 1 in E minor, Op. 1 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor:  Kees Bakels
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: November 2002 
Venue:  Dewan Filharmonik Petronas Hall, Kuala L 
Length: 25 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Notes: Version: 1884
Composition written: Russia (1861 - 1865).
Composition revised: Russia (1884). 
2.
Fantasia on Serbian themes, Op. 6 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor:  Kees Bakels
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: November 2002 
Venue:  Dewan Filharmonik Petronas Hall, Kuala L 
Length: 6 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Notes: Version: 1886-7
Composition written: Russia (1867).
Composition revised: Russia (1886 - 1887). 
3.
Symphony no 3 in C major, Op. 32 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor:  Kees Bakels
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866-1873; Russia 
Date of Recording: November 2002 
Venue:  Dewan Filharmonik Petronas Hall, Kuala L 
Length: 33 Minutes 51 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Symphony No. 1 in E minor, Op. 1 (1884 version): I. Largo assai - Allegro
Symphony No. 1 in E minor, Op. 1 (1884 version): II. Andante tranquillo
Symphony No. 1 in E minor, Op. 1 (1884 version): III. Scherzo: Vivace
Symphony No. 1 in E minor, Op. 1 (1884 version): IV. Allegro assai
Fantasia on Serbian Themes, Op. 6 (1887 version): Fantasia on Serbian Themes, Op. 6 (second version, 1887)
Symphony No. 3 in C major, Op. 32 (1886 version): I. Moderato assai - Allegro
Symphony No. 3 in C major, Op. 32 (1886 version): II. Scherzo: Vivo
Symphony No. 3 in C major, Op. 32 (1886 version): III. Andante
Symphony No. 3 in C major, Op. 32 (1886 version): IV. Allegro con spirito

Customer Reviews

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 First rate in ever way. October 14, 2014 By Paul Q. (Providence, RI) See All My Reviews "Excellent performances and interpretations on the part of the conductor, soloists, and orchestra. If you are looking for the complete symphonies this would be a very good choice. And technically it is also excellent on my stereo system." Report Abuse
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