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Glinka: Grand Sextet; Rimsky-Korsakov / Capricorn

Release Date: 04/13/2004 
Label:  Helios   Catalog #: 55173   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Mikhail GlinkaNikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Julian JacobsonElizabeth PerryMiles GoldingSusie Mészáros,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capricorn
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 55 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"A most distinguished example of musical mediocrity", is how David Brown describes Glinka's Sextet in his study of the composer (London: 1974), a judgement which strikes me as rather harsh. It could rather more appositely be applied to Rimsky-Korsakov's Piano Quintet, in that the invention is not on a very lofty level while the manufacture is of the highest quality. RimskyKorsakov knows exactly how to deal with the various forms he adopts, such as the final Rondo and the opening sonata allegro (though the latter is less "in the classic style of Beethoven" than he alleges); he is at his most original when on home ground, scoring beautifully for the different instruments in the Andante, where he makes much of the technique Read more pioneered by Glinka of repeating a melody against a varying background.

Glinka himself writes a work totally lacking in this kind of sophistication. It antedates his return from Italy to Russia, and to ambitions to write a truly Russian music: this work has the insouciance of a talented youth enjoying himself with a free musical conscience, and the manner adopted here really is rather more in the manner of early Beethoven, still more of Schubert. It is a delightful work, very fresh and tuneful and hardly recognizable as Glinka. Never mind: it is a good piece for carefree listening, and it receives a performance that reflects great enjoyment from the players. In both works the recording is decently balanced, though the piano tone is a little clangy at times: the fault is not, I think, that of the instrument and certainly not of the excellent player, Julian Jacobson, who plays the Glinka with a very nice tonguein-cheek rubato when it seems to be called for—as it often is.

-- Gramophone [9/1985]
reviewing the original LP release
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Works on This Recording

Gran sestetto originale for Piano and Strings in E flat major by Mikhail Glinka
Performer:  Julian Jacobson (Piano), Elizabeth Perry (Violin), Miles Golding (Violin),
Susie Mészáros (Viola), Timothy Mason (Cello), Barry Guy (Double Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capricorn
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832; Milan, Italy 
Quintet for Piano and Winds in B flat major by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Felix Warnock (Bassoon), Philippa Davies (Flute), Anthony Lamb (Clarinet),
Jonathan Williams (French Horn), Julian Jacobson (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capricorn
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; Russia 

Customer Reviews

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 Glinka Awareness July 1, 2016 By Alan B. (Bowie, MD) See All My Reviews "When I heard this work on the radio I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it, not being that familiar with Glinka. The piano is interesting in its switching from Russian-flavored themes to non-Russian expressions. This work spurred my interest in more Glinka." Report Abuse
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