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Kalinnikov: Symphony No 2, Tsar Boris Overture / Jarvi


Release Date: 01/28/2010 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 8805  
Composer:  Vasily Kalinnikov
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Kalinnikov's Second Symphony doesn't have the dramatic power or imaginative fire of its better-known predecessor, but it's full of ingratiating tunes, some folk-Tchaikovskian, some in more polished Rachmaninovian vein. The difference in approach between the Svetlanov and Jarvi readings is striking. Svetlanov (Le Chant du Monde/Harmonia Mundi) seems determined to spite Schoenberg and prove that the folk-song symphony can work, and there's no doubt that the symphony sounds more purposeful in his hands. Jarvi is often content simply to enjoy the scenery as it passes.

It has to be said that the Chandos performance is very persuasive: Jarvi is particularly good at bringing life and colour to the symphony's more playful ideas—the
Read more scherzo theme for instance. It is also far better recorded than the Russian version—no penetrating high strings, a more immediate overall picture and generous but well-controlled ambience.

The other works on the Chandos disc are well worth hearing, particularly the festive Tsar Boris, with its thrilling climactic fanfares. Both here and in the miniature tone-poem The cedar and the palm the SNO bring plenty of atmosphere and expressive warmth, and there's all the customary Järvi freshness.

-- Gramophone [6/1990]
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Works on This Recording

1. Tsar Boris: Overture by Vasily Kalinnikov
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; Russia 
2. Symphony no 2 in A major by Vasily Kalinnikov
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1895-1897; Russia 
3. The Cedar and the Palm by Vasily Kalinnikov
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897-1898; Russia 

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