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Rimsky-korsakov: Symphonies Nos. 1 - 3, Capriccio Espagnol, Etc.


Release Date: 01/02/2002 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 459512   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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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
Read more symphonies, 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, and Richard Taruskin contributes absorbing booklet notes.
--Michael Jameson, ClassicsToday.com Read less

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 
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 
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 
4.
Russian Easter Festival Overture, Op. 36 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Russia 
5.
Capriccio espagnol, Op. 34 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Russia 

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