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Rimsky-Korsakov: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 3

Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, Gerard Schwarz

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Symphony No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 1 (1884 Version)  
1
I. Largo assai - Allegro
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov; Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra; Gerard Schwarz
7:44
2
II. Andante tranquillo
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov; Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra; Gerard Schwarz
7:14
3
III. Scherzo. Vivace
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov; Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra; Gerard Schwarz
4:39
4
IV. Allegro assai
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov; Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra; Gerard Schwarz
6:00
Symphony No. 3 in C Major, Op. 32 (1886 Version)  
5
I. Moderato assai - Allegro
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov; Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra; Gerard Schwarz
13:42
6
II. Scherzo. Vivo
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov; Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra; Gerard Schwarz
6:12
7
III. Andante
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov; Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra; Gerard Schwarz
6:55
8
IV. Allegro con spirito
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov; Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra; Gerard Schwarz
6:03
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    58:29
"There’s much to admire in these performances ... more fine Rimsky from Gerard Schwarz ..."
- MusicWeb International

"Gerard Schwarz and his fine German orchestra make a compelling case for these symphonies ..."
- Classic FM

"Four Stars ... (Rimsky-Korsakov's mastery of orchestral colour is) brought vividly to life here ... with Gerard Schwarz in total command."
- The Guardian

Gerard Schwarz earned great critical praise for leading this presentation of two Rimsky-Korsakov symphonies, performed by the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra. Begun when he was a 17-year-old naval cadet, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Symphony No. 1 was hailed as the first truly Russian symphony, in contrast with the German-influenced music of Anton Rubinstein. With its use of Russian folk songs, this is a work of remarkable natural talent. Symphony No. 3, cast in a thoroughly Russian musical language, is notable not only for its significantly enhanced technical competence but for its great rhythmic vitality and subtle orchestration.
48 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Naxos Studio Masters

Track 2 – 44.1 kHz / 24-bit PCM.

Recorded at Haus des Rundfunks, Masurenallee, Berlin, Germany, from 2nd to 5th September, 2015
Producer: Wolfram Nehls
Engineer: Eckhard Stoffregen
Editor: Sebastian Nattkemper
Booklet notes: Keith Anderson
Cover photograph of St Petersburg by Aleksandar Georgiev / iStockphoto

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