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  • Audio CD (April 20, 2004)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naive
  • ASIN: B0001B56V6
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #618,116 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Largo - Allegro Moderato
2. Scherzo (Allegro Vivace)
3. Adagio
4. Finale

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By V. N. Dvornychenko on May 5, 2005
Poor Sergey Lyapunov! Born too late to be a founder of the Russian Nationalist School of music, and too early for the "Stravinsky revolution," he has been relegated as a duller clone of Balakirev. This recording of his Symphony No. 2 in B Flat minor, Opus 66, gives us a new and independent glimpse into his capabilities.

The liner notes to this CD, by Michel Cresta, state that the work is "a tribute to the great Russian symphonic tradition of the previous century." This might lead us to expect a kind of apotheosis of the 19th century Russian symphony - a fusion of Balakirev, Tchaikovsky, and Anton Rubinstein ... all with a Mendelssohnian clarity. But the listener expecting this will be disappointed. For what we have is a horse of an entirely different color.

Cast in the Wagner-Liszt-Sriabin tradition - with a heavy dose of impressionism - the symphony is more closely related to Rimsky-Korsakov's "Antar" Symphony, Tchaikovsky's "Manfred," the symphonies of Scriabin, and Gliere's "Ilya Mourometz."

There is one problem with this type of work. For a symphony to be truly great it needs two things: a "gotcha" to catch our attention upon first hearing, and successive layers of background which provide new revelations during subsequent hearings. The "gotcha" can be a memorable tune, an arresting rhythm (e.g., Beethoven's Fifth), or a fascinating texture (e.g., the opening of Brahms First). Impressionistic works often lack these. The transitions between melodies are diffuse; melodies flow and ebb, driven by hidden tidal forces which are difficult to predict. Of course there is nothing wrong with this kind of music, and some prefer it. But is makes it more difficult to walk away with a strong first impression.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michael Jarosz on April 17, 2011
I bought this recording expecting first rate production values, which it has. My disappointment is with Svetlanov. I also own the earlier Svetlanov Melodia recording to compare it to.(So Lyapunov did get past the Soviet apparatchniki after all!) This new version is way too slow. The old recording takes 49:40. This one clocks in at 61:54. That's more than 12 minutes difference! Try and get the earlier version. Maybe the Svetlanov reissues we are awash in might offer it.

Musically, I find this Symphony a fountain of melody, comparable to Rachmaninov's Second. The motto theme that opens is skillfully woven throughout. The allegro vivace is a gallop through the the snowy Russian countryside in a troika.

In summary: great Russian Symphony, lousy performance.
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