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Rimsky-Korsakov: 3 Symphonies / Jarvi, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra


Release Date: 09/30/2014 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 423604   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 6 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Neeme Järvi is one of the few conductors to make sense of Rimsky-Korsakov's Op. 9 "Antar" Symphony, a powerfully dramatic work that in the right hands can seem almost as seductive as Scheherazade. Järvi's performance isn't as strongly narrative as Monteux's 1946 RCA classic from San Francisco, but of course DG's sonics are immeasurably superior, and the Gothenburg orchestra responds magnificently throughout. The only modern version to rival Järvi's is a 1987 Telarc recording from Pittsburgh under Lorin Maazel, coupled with Tchaikovsky's "Little Russian" symphony. It's excellently played and Maazel's ear for exotic detailing leaves nothing hidden.

In the remaining Rimsky-Korsakov symphonies,
Read more the Chandos pairing under Dmitri Kitaenko has clinically detailed sound that exposes weaknesses in the Bergen Philharmonic winds and brass. The more characterful and better-blended Gothenburg horns, clarinets, and bassoons are heard to advantage in both works, and Järvi directs them with charisma and intensity, firmly convincing you that Symphony No. 3 is a masterpiece. Both fillers are superb, too. The violinist in the Capriccio espagnol deserves a mention for fine solo work.

--Michael Jameson, ClassicsToday.com [reviewing DG 459512]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 1 in E minor, Op. 1 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 05/1987 
Venue:  Concert House, Gothenburg, Sweden 
Length: 26 Minutes 29 Secs. 
2.
Symphony no 2, Op. 9 "Antar" by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868/1875; Russia 
Date of Recording: 05/1987 
Venue:  Concert House, Gothenburg, Sweden 
Length: 32 Minutes 43 Secs. 
3.
Symphony no 3 in C major, Op. 32 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866-1873; Russia 
Date of Recording: 07/1987 
Venue:  Concert House, Gothenburg, Sweden 
Length: 34 Minutes 37 Secs. 
4.
Russian Easter Festival Overture, Op. 36 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Russia 
Date of Recording: 09/1987 
Venue:  Concert House, Gothenburg, Sweden 
Length: 14 Minutes 51 Secs. 
5.
Capriccio espagnol, Op. 34 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Russia 
Date of Recording: 05/1987 
Venue:  Concert House, Gothenburg, Sweden 
Length: 13 Minutes 46 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Not Bad, But I've Heard Better! March 12, 2016 By Richard Buckley (Oakmont, PA) See All My Reviews "Is this an instance of having too much of a good thing? I have always enjoyed the music of Nickolai Rimski-Korsakov. His offerings have always struck me as being uplifting, unique and exciting! But I'm afraid that this 2-CD set is just a little more than I can take of this music at one sitting. I don't know if it's the fault of the Gotesborgs Synffoniker and Neeme Jarvi or whatever. I'll admit that I have never been a big fan of Jarvi. This is not to say that the set is bad in any way. It's just not as outstanding as I expected. My only real measuring stick is a recording of the Second Symphony as performed by Lorin Maazel and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra on a Telarc disc. I certainly haven't been able to say this very often, but I found Maazel's rendition to be superior to Jarvi's. It was more uplifting and enjoyable. That, for my money, was one of the best recordings that I have ever heard of Lorin Maazel. Of course, he was working with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, which would go a long way toward explaining it. Unfortunately, I am not a professional musician, and I am unable to put my finger on exactly what the difference is between the two recordings or other renditions of the same music which I have heard, and I certainly don't mean to imply that this two CD set isn't very good or worth the money. It just wasn't as outstanding as I was expecting, and, as I have stated, I am certainly not an expert. I have read other experts rant and rave about Neeve Jarmi, so you'll just have to listen and make up your own mind." Report Abuse
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