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Balakirev: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2 / Piano Concerto / King Lear Overture / In Bohemia / Tamara


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listen  1. Symphony No. 1 in C Major: I. Largo - Allegro vivo - Alla breve - Piu animatoBBC Philharmonic Orchestra12:34Album Only
listen  2. Symphony No. 1 in C Major: II. Scherzo: Vivo - Poco meno mosso - Tempo I - Coda: L'istesso tempoBBC Philharmonic Orchestra 6:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Symphony No. 1 in C Major: III. Andante -BBC Philharmonic Orchestra13:01Album Only
listen  4. Symphony No. 1 in C Major: IV. Finale: Allegro moderato - L'istesso tempo - L'istesso tempo - Tempo di polaccaBBC Philharmonic Orchestra 9:21Album Only
listen  5. Korol' Lir (King Lear): OvertureBBC Philharmonic Orchestra10:45Album Only
listen  6. Uvertyura na tri cheshkiye temi (Overture on Czech themes), "In Bohemia"BBC Philharmonic Orchestra12:03Album Only


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listen  1. Symphony No. 2 in D Minor: I. Allegro ma non troppo - Poco piu animatoBBC Philharmonic Orchestra 9:53Album Only
listen  2. Symphony No. 2 in D Minor: II. Scherzo alla cosacca: Allegro non troppo, ma con fuoco ed energico - L'istesso tempo - Theme russeBBC Philharmonic Orchestra 7:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Symphony No. 2 in D Minor: III. Romanza: AndanteBBC Philharmonic Orchestra 8:31Album Only
listen  4. Symphony No. 2 in D Minor: IV. Finale: Tempo di polacca - L'istesso tempo - Poco piu mosso - Coda: L'istesso tempoBBC Philharmonic Orchestra 8:54Album Only
listen  5. Piano Concerto in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 1Howard Shelley13:22Album Only
listen  6. TamaraBBC Philharmonic Orchestra20:47Album Only


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  • Performer: Howard Shelley
  • Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic
  • Conductor: Vassily Sinaisky
  • Composer: Balakirev
  • Audio CD (November 22, 2005)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Chandos
  • ASIN: B000BLI366
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By M. C. Passarella on December 13, 2005
Format: Audio CD
A deal, this is, as far as I'm concerned. It comes into direct competition with a similar, two-fer-one deal from Hyperion featuring Evgeny Sventlanov and the Philharmonia Orchestra. The pairing is a bit different, though both offer the two symphonies, of course, and Balakirev's orchestral masterpiece, "Tamara." While Svetlanov gives us two overtures on Russian themes, Vassily Sinaisky gives us "In Bohemia," scored similarly to "Tamara" but more lighthearted and focused more on melody than on color, plus the Piano Concerto No. 1, here sounding somewhat more convincing than on another Hyperion recording with Malcolm Binns. While there is probably not much to choose between Binns and Chandos's house pianist Howard Shelley, Sinaisky gives the orchestral accompaniment more character, and the recording on Chandos is better as well. A curiosity in the Sinaisky set is Balakirev's "Overture 'King Lear.'" It starts out with a regal fanfare recalling the "Procession of the Nobles" from Rimsky's Mlada but then follows the sad course of Lear's story. For a work entirely absent from concert halls, it's pretty effective, worth an occasional hearing.

That leaves the two most important works, the symphonies. Some reviewers have found Sinaisky's interpretations uninvolved and uninvolving. Perhaps this is true compared to recordings I've not heard, for which I apologize. However, next to the Svetlanov First, which I have heard, Sinaisky's holds its own handily, having maybe a bit more atavism and rugged grandeur about it. Chandos's recording, too, is slightly finer, with just that much more heft and maybe a tad better stereo placement. The Second Symphony isn't as commanding as the First--as important a work in the history of Russian music as, say, Borodin's well-loved Second.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Eric S. Kim on January 15, 2014
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Mily Balakirev is one of those composers who you can categorize as a nationalist musician. His music brought a sense of Russian pride in the highest form. As a matter of fact, if it weren't for this man, we would probably find ourselves with an alternate history of Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, and others (which probably wouldn't be a good thing). Balakirev's music may be a little derivative at times, and his orchestrations may seem generic when compared to Mussorgsky or Borodin, but there's no doubt that this man loved composing music for his home country. Although not very prolific, Balakirev is one whose music is definitely Slavic and sometimes exotic. Six of his compositions are featured on this 2-CD set from Chandos: King Lear Overture, In Bohemia, Piano Concerto No. 1, Tamara, and the two symphonies. In Bohemia and Piano Concerto demonstrate the divine exoticism of the Eastern European environment with a colorful and almost Slavic folk-style. Tamara is quite hypnotic with its solemn melodies and beautiful orchestrations. King Lear Overture is something that I personally don't care for, so I can't really describe it in this review. The two symphonies, however, can be seen as the two highlights to this set. We've all heard of the symphonies from Tchaikovsky and Borodin. They're excellent in their own right, but Balakirev's symphonies are also well-written with some exciting passages and lyrical moments (especially in the third movements).

Would I recommend this to anyone who admires Russian classical music? Absolutely. I'll also recommend it to those who like classical music in general. Again, Balakirev wasn't the most original composer who has ever lived, but his music is surely to catch people's attention.

Official Grade: 8.9 out of 10
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By Jeffrey Levy on March 31, 2015
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Classic performance!
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