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Michael Cookson
MusicWeb International, February 2015

The State Symphony Orchestra of Russia under Igor Golovchin treats the ‘Dramatic’ Symphony as if it was a masterwork by Beethoven or Bruckner but nothing can make the music better than it is. Golovchin ensures his charges provide full romantic power for this bright and colourful score even though it falls short of being memorable with the composer tending to overwork his material.

Golovchin has the full measure of these works and the orchestra plays as if its life depended on it. These Rubinstein works should fit the bill for those interested in good quality romantic repertoire slightly off the beaten track. © 2015 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Byzantion
MusicWeb International, April 2013

The ‘Dramatic’ is…hugely lyrical, moderately melancholic and eminently likeable. A second and third listen-through are of especial benefit, when the material—of which there is a vast and varied amount—will be more familiar and the scope of Rubinstein’s orchestral imagination better appreciated.

Igor Golovchin keeps the SSOR pretty well disciplined overall, and their appreciation of Rubinstein’s structures and ideas is well communicated by a genial performance.

Sound quality is very decent… © 2013 MusicWeb International Read complete review





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