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  • Performer: Anton Rubinstein, Slovakia Philharmonic Orchestra, Barry Kolman
  • Audio CD (September 13, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Centaur
  • ASIN: B0000057WN
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #635,440 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sym No. 3 in A, Op. 56: I. Allegro Risoluto
2. Sym No. 3 in A, Op. 56: II. Adagio: Moderato
3. Sym No. 3 in A, Op. 56: III. Scherzo: Allegro Vivace Assai
4. Sym No. 3 in A, Op. 56: IV. Finale: Allegro Maestoso
5. Sym No. 5 in g, Op. 107: I. Moderato Assai
6. Sym No. 5 in g, Op. 107: II. Allegro Non Troppo; Moderato Assai
7. Sym No. 5 in g, Op. 107: III. Andante
8. Sym No. 5 in g, Op. 107: IV. Allegro Vivace - Slovak State PO/Barry H. Kolman S

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Anton Rubinstein's Third Symphony in A Major (1855) and his Fifth Symphony in G Minor (1880) are very different works. The Third is energetic, optimistic, youthful, and cosmopolitan, quite Mendelssohnian in its overall appeal. The Fifth Symphony, much like his Second Cello Concerto, has a more Russian somberness to it (the Andante third movement reminiscence Dargomyzhsky) and some of the folksy high spirits that color both the scherzo and finale. Its very Russian melodic language earned the Symphony high praise and it became best liked and best known in its days, even more so than the Second Symphony "Ocean" and the Fourth "Dramatic." As importantly, if not more, it more or less represents the composer's less condescending attitudes towards Russian music, although as demonstrated in his operatic masterpiece "The Demon", Rubinstein's cosmopolitanism never really deserted him, enough so that Tchaikovsky learned much from his examples as seen in Eugene Onegin, Orleanskaya Deva, and his Second Piano Concerto.

Dr. Barry H. Kolman and the Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra plays with real commitment and advocacy for the cause (the andante movement of the Fifth Symphony is gracefully rendered here). Centaur recorded sound is natural and relatively airy, if a tad dullish. A pioneering disc then, with Kolman and his team not failing in reminding us the artistic merits of Rubinstein's music and his important contributions in the development of Russian music (complemented by Kolman's scholastically endowed booklet annotation).

With grace, I recommend this disc.
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