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Kalinnikov: The Two Symphonies / Kees Bakels, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra

Kalinnikov / Mpo / Bakels
Release Date: 09/27/2011 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 1155  
Composer:  Vasily Kalinnikov
Conductor:  Kees Bakels
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Length: 1 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

These performances are at least as fine as any by Russian ensembles, and they are surely better recorded. Vassily Kalinnikov's symphonies hover on the edge of the repertoire, but they are very beautiful works--a touch stiff formally, perhaps, but melodically extremely attractive, and very, very Russian. They actually sound a bit similar, but all that means is that if you like one, you'll like the other just as much. Neither outstays its welcome; both fit on a single CD lasting a touch over 77 minutes.

Kees Bakels and the orchestra, as with the Rimsky-Korsakov recordings from these forces, make a wholly positive impression. The strings sing richly in the soaring melodies in the allegros and slow movements; rhythms snap with the
Read more requisite tang in the two scherzos. Bakels pays special attention to details of color and balance: listen to how sensitively the ticking harp in the First symphony's slow movement underpins the musical discourse. It's truly poetic. If you want these works in modern sound, this is the disc to get.

– David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 1 in G minor by Vasily Kalinnikov
Conductor:  Kees Bakels
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894-1895; Russia 
2.
Symphony no 2 in A major by Vasily Kalinnikov
Conductor:  Kees Bakels
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1895-1897; Russia 

Sound Samples

Symphony No. 1 in G minor: I. Allegro moderato
Symphony No. 1 in G minor: II. Andante commodamente
Symphony No. 1 in G minor: III. Scherzo: Allegro non troppo - Moderato assai
Symphony No. 1 in G minor: IV. Finale: Allegro moderato
Symphony No. 2 in A major: I. Moderato - Allegro non troppo
Symphony No. 2 in A major: II. Andante cantabile
Symphony No. 2 in A major: III. Allegro scherzando
Symphony No. 2 in A major: IV. Andante cantabile - Allegro vivo

Customer Reviews

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 Great! July 19, 2012 By William Bohmer (Cincinnati, OH) See All My Reviews "The two Symphonies by Kalinnikov are excellent! Great sound, and I would certainly recommend these works." Report Abuse
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