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Rimsky-korsakov: Symphonies, Etc / Kitajenko, Bergen Po


Release Date: 09/26/2000 
Label:  Chandos Collect Catalog #: 6613   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Geoffrey Tozer
Conductor:  Dmitri Kitayenko
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 37 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Chandos' repackaged Rimsky-Korsakov symphony cycle effectively steals the thunder from Neeme Järvi's set on Deutsche Grammophon. Not only is the Chandos set offered at mid-price, but Dmitri Kitajenko's grittier and bolder readings better present the music. While Järvi luxuriates in Gothenberg's smooth sonorities, Kitajenko draws more stark sounds from his Bergen Philharmonic players. This is especially telling in the Antar Symhony (which Rimsky-Korsaskov later published as a "symphonic suite") where Kitajenko's gruff approach makes the second movement's growling argument more forbidding.


The First and Third symphonies (not particularly strong works, but full of color) fare similarly well under both
Read more conductors, with Järvi perhaps a little brighter overall in the Third. Brighter too is Järvi's Russian Easter Overture, which finds Kitajenko labored and lacking that air of pagan ritual so convincingly conveyed by Temirkanov and the New York Philharmonic on RCA. In addition to the Capriccio espagnol, Kitajenko stacks the deck with fine performances of the Sadko overture and Rimsky's only Piano Concerto (nicely played by Geoffrey Tozer). Again, it's a slight work, but contains some really catchy tunes. Chandos provides its customary, big, rich sound. If you're looking for a complete set of these symphonies, this is the one to get.
--Victor Carr, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 1 in E minor, Op. 1 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor:  Dmitri Kitayenko
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Notes: Composition written: Russia (1861 - 1865).
Composition revised: Russia (1884). 
2.
Symphony no 2, Op. 9 "Antar" by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor:  Dmitri Kitayenko
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868/1875; Russia 
3.
Symphony no 3 in C major, Op. 32 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor:  Dmitri Kitayenko
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866-1873; Russia 
4.
Concerto for Piano in C sharp minor, Op. 30 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Geoffrey Tozer (Piano)
Conductor:  Dmitri Kitayenko
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1882-1883; Russia 
5.
Capriccio espagnol, Op. 34 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor:  Dmitri Kitayenko
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Russia 
6.
Russian Easter Festival Overture, Op. 36 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor:  Dmitri Kitayenko
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Russia 
7.
Sadko, Op. 5 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor:  Dmitri Kitayenko
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867/1892; Russia 

Sound Samples

Symphony No. 1 in E minor, Op. 1: I. Largo assai - Allegro
Symphony No. 1 in E minor, Op. 1: II. Andante tranquillo
Symphony No. 1 in E minor, Op. 1: III. Scherzo: Vivace
Symphony No. 1 in E minor, Op. 1: IV. Allegro assai
Symphony No. 2 in , Op. 9, "Antar" (1897 version): I. Largo - Allegro giocoso
Symphony No. 2 in , Op. 9, "Antar" (1897 version): II. Allegro
Symphony No. 2 in , Op. 9, "Antar" (1897 version): III. Allegro risoluto alla marcia
Symphony No. 2 in , Op. 9, "Antar" (1897 version): IV. Allegretto vivace
Capriccio espagnol, Op. 34: I. Alborada: Vivo e strepitoso -
Capriccio espagnol, Op. 34: II. Variazioni: Andante con moto -
Capriccio espagnol, Op. 34: III. Alborada: Vivo e strepitoso -
Capriccio espagnol, Op. 34: IV. Scena e canto gitano: Allegretto -
Symphony No. 3 in C major, Op. 32: I. Moderato assai - Allegro
Symphony No. 3 in C major, Op. 32: II. Scherzo: Vivo - Trio: Moderato
Symphony No. 3 in C major, Op. 32: III. Andante
Symphony No. 3 in C major, Op. 32: IV. Allegro con spirito
Russian Easter Festival, Op. 36
Sadko, Op. 5
Piano Concerto in C sharp minor, Op. 30

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