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The word ‘symphony’ is used to describe an extended orchestral composition in Western classical music. By the eighteenth century the Italianate opera sinfonia—musical interludes between operas or concertos—had assumed the structure of three contrasting movements, and it is this form that is often considered as the direct forerunner of the orchestral symphony. With the rise of established professional orchestras, the symphony assumed a more prominent place in concert life between 1790 and 1820 until it eventually came to be regarded by many as the yardstick by which one would measure a composer’s achievement.

The symphony came late to Russia. The first attempts at a Russian Nationalist symphony were made in the late nineteenth-century by Balakirev and his acolytes, Borodin and Rimsky-Korsakov as well as by Tchaikovsky, whose symphonies (despite his European leanings) have a distinctly Russian flavour. In their wake followed numerous composers, from Glazunov to Myaskovsky, similarly instilling their music with the melodies of their homeland. In the years that followed Russian politics had an unmistakable impact on the Russian symphonists, as Rachmaninov and Prokofiev (among others) went into exile whilst composers such as Shostakovich vented their political frustrations through the medium of music—his Leningrad Symphony being a prime example.

Disc 1

Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Il'yich

  Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 36
1.   I. Andante sostenuto - Moderato con anima 00:18:59
2.   II. Andantino in modo di canzona 00:09:52
3.   III. Scherzo: Pizzicato ostinato - Allegro 00:05:53
4.   IV. Finale: Allegro con fuoco 00:09:15

Borodin, Alexander Porfir'yevich

  Symphony No. 2 in B Minor
5.   I. Allegro 00:06:59
6.   II. Scherzo: Prestissimo. Trio: Allegretto 00:05:31
7.   III. Andante 00:07:50
8.   IV. Finale: Allegro 00:06:19

Disc 2

Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Il'yich

  Symphony No. 5 in E Minor, Op. 64
1.   I. Andante - Allegro con anima 00:15:09
2.   II. Andante cantabile, con alcuna licenza 00:13:38
3.   III. Valse: Allegro moderato 00:05:39
4.   IV. Finale: Andante maestoso - Allegro vivo 00:12:19
  Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture (3rd version, 1880)
5.   Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture (3rd version, 1880) 00:19:03

Disc 3

Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Il'yich

  Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Op. 74, "Pathetique"
1.   I. Adagio - Allegro non troppo 00:18:54
2.   II. Allegro con grazia 00:08:40
3.   III. Allegro molto vivace 00:09:21
4.   IV. Finale: Adagio lamentoso 00:10:49
  1812 Overture, Op. 49
5.   1812 Overture, Op. 49 00:15:32

Disc 4

Prokofiev, Sergey

  Symphony No. 5 in B-Flat Major, Op. 100
1.   I. Andante 00:14:05
2.   II. Allegro marcato 00:08:58
3.   III. Adagio 00:13:30
4.   IV. Allegro giocoso 00:10:31

Myaskovsky, Nikolay Yakovlevich

  Symphony No. 24 in F Minor, Op. 63
5.   I. Allegro deciso 00:12:38
6.   II. Molto sostenuto 00:11:04
7.   III. Allegro appassionato 00:11:14

Disc 5

Shostakovich, Dmitry

  Symphony No. 5 in D Minor, Op. 47
1.   I. Moderato 00:18:01
2.   II. Allegretto 00:05:12
3.   III. Largo 00:15:34
4.   IV. Allegro non troppo 00:12:50

Prokofiev, Sergey

  Symphony No. 1 in D Major, Op. 25, "Classical"
5.   I. Allegro 00:04:50
6.   II. Larghetto 00:04:42
7.   III. Gavotte: Non troppo allegro 00:01:49
8.   IV. Finale: Molto vivace 00:04:23

Disc 6

Shostakovich, Dmitry

  Symphony No. 7 in C Major, Op. 60, "Leningrad"
1.   I. Allegretto 00:25:43
2.   II. Moderato (Poco allegretto) 00:11:27
3.   III. Adagio 00:18:11
4.   IV. Allegro non troppo 00:19:57

Disc 7

Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolay Andreyevich

  Symphony No. 2, Op. 9, "Antar"
1.   I. Largo - Allegro - Largo - Allegretto - Adagio - Allegretto - Largo 00:09:36
2.   II. Allegro 00:04:16
3.   III. Allegro risoluto 00:05:15
4.   IV. Allegretto - Adagio 00:09:15
  Scheherazade, Op. 35
5.   I. The Sea and Sinbad's Ship 00:10:44
6.   II. The Kalender Prince 00:11:33
7.   III. The Young Prince and the Young Princess 00:10:44
8.   IV. Festival at Baghdad - The Sea 00:12:51

Disc 8

Rachmaninov, Sergey

  Symphony No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 27
1.   I. Largo: Allegro moderato 00:20:44
2.   II. Allegro molto 00:10:41
3.   III. Adagio 00:14:46
4.   IV. Allegro vivace 00:11:55
  Utyos (The Rock), Op. 7
5.   Utyos (The Rock), Op. 7 00:14:33

Disc 9

Scriabin, Alexander

  Symphony No. 3, Op. 43, "Le Poeme Divin"
1.   I. Lento 00:01:36
2.   II. Luttes (Struggles) 00:25:37
3.   III. Voluptes (Delights) 00:13:44
4.   IV. Jeu divin (Divine Play) 00:11:10
  La Poeme de l'extase (The Poem of Extasy), Op. 54, "Symphony No. 4"
5.   La Poeme de l'extase (The Poem of Extasy), Op. 54, "Symphony No. 4" 00:24:10

Disc 10

Glazunov, Alexander Konstantinovich

  Symphony No. 6 in C Minor, Op. 58
1.   I. Adagio - Allegro appassionato 00:11:05
2.   II. Theme and Variations 00:11:04
3.   III. Intermezzo: Allegretto 00:04:53
4.   IV. Finale: Andante maestoso - Moderato maestoso - Scherzando - Allegro pesante - Allegro moderato 00:11:03

Kalinnikov, Vasily Sergeyevich

  Symphony No. 1 in G Minor
5.   I. Allegro moderato 00:14:18
6.   II. Andante commodamente 00:07:12
7.   III. Scherzo: Allegro non troppo - moderato assai 00:08:14
8.   IV. Finale: Allegro moderato 00:09:16

Total Playing Time: 12:04:36

Borodin, Alexander Porfir'yevich; Glazunov, Alexander Konstantinovich; Kalinnikov, Vasily Sergeyevich; Myaskovsky, Nikolay Yakovlevich; Prokofiev, Sergey; Rachmaninov, Sergey; Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolay Andreyevich; Scriabin, Alexander; Shostakovich, Dmitry; Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Il'yich

Anichanov, André; Anissimov, Alexander; Golovschin, Igor; Kuchar, Theodore; Leaper, Adrian; Petrenko, Vasily; Schwarz, Gerard; Wit, Antoni; Yablonsky, Dmitry

Ireland National Symphony Orchestra; Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra; Moscow Symphony Orchestra; Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra; Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Russian Philharmonic Orchestra; Seattle Symphony Orchestra; St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra; Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra

Larionoff, Maria; Lokalenkov, Dmitri

Label: Naxos

Series: Boxed Sets

Genre: Orchestral

Period: 20th Century; Romantic

Catalogue No: 8.501059

Barcode: 730099105941

Physical Release: 04/2012

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