Rimsky-Korsakov - Symphonies 1 & 3 | Naxos 8573581

Rimsky-Korsakov - Symphonies 1 & 3


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Label: Naxos

Cat No: 8573581

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 1st April 2016



Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra


Gerard Schwarz


Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai

Symphony no.1 in E minor, op.1
Symphony no.3 in C major, op.32


Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra


Gerard Schwarz


Begun when he was a seventeen-year-old naval cadet, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Symphony no.1 was hailed by the nationalist group ‘The Five’ 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, justifying the early enthusiasm of Balakirev. 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.


The Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra enjoys all [the first symphony’s] folk song influences in this engaging recording of Rimsky’s later revision of the work. The altogether more sophisticated third symphony dates from 1874, when, his musical reputation by then secure, he displayed his mastery of orchestral colour, brought vividly to life here in the Scherzo and in the closing Allegro con spirito, with Gerard Schwarz in total command.  Stephen Pritchard

The Observer 17 April 2016

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