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Kalinnikov: The Two Symphonies

Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Kees Bakels

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Symphony No. 1 in G Minor  
1
I. Allegro moderato
Vasily Sergeyevich Kalinnikov; Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra; Kees Bakels
13:39
2
II. Andante commodamente
Vasily Sergeyevich Kalinnikov; Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra; Kees Bakels
7:26
3
III. Scherzo. Allegro non troppo - Moderato assai
Vasily Sergeyevich Kalinnikov; Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra; Kees Bakels
7:33
4
IV. Finale. Allegro moderato
Vasily Sergeyevich Kalinnikov; Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra; Kees Bakels
8:40
Symphony No. 2 in A Major  
5
I. Moderato - Allegro non troppo
Vasily Sergeyevich Kalinnikov; Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra; Kees Bakels
10:28
6
II. Andante cantabile
Vasily Sergeyevich Kalinnikov; Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra; Kees Bakels
8:46
7
III. Allegro scherzando
Vasily Sergeyevich Kalinnikov; Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra; Kees Bakels
8:21
8
IV. Andante cantabile - Allegro vivo
Vasily Sergeyevich Kalinnikov; Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra; Kees Bakels
11:05
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    75:58
"Really, this is a first-class band. Bakels scales and phrases the music to perfection; indeed, there’s an almost classical proportion and quiet dignity to this symphony that puts (rivals) to shame. Ensemble is always crisp, strings silky smooth, timps taut and clear; the woodwind sound fresh and frisky too. In short, it’s hard to imagine this music better done ... this is a very special disc indeed."
- MusicWeb International

"I'm happy to be able to report that Kees Bakels presides over atheletic, shapely and involving performances of both works ... there's not a hint of routine about the Dutchman's painstakingly prepared, bright-eyed readings; indeed, the playing of the Malaysian PO has both immaculate finish and engaging spirit to commend it ... a thoroughly enjoyable coupling, boasting stunningly natural sound and balance."
- Gramophone

The Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra under Kees Bakels present the only two symphonies by Russian composer Vassily Kalinnikov. In his short life, Kalinnikov wrote several songs and choral and orchestral works, among which the two symphonies are his crowning glories. The First Symphony enjoyed a particular success even during the composer's lifetime and is still part of the repertory of many Russian orchestras. Kalinnikov's gifts for melody of a distinctly "Russian" nature and his orchestrations are frequently compared to Tchaikovsky, who in fact supported his younger colleague.
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