Nikolaï RIMSKY-KORSAKOV (1844-1908) Igor STRAVINSKY (1882-1971) Russian Symphonies (I)


Nikolaï RIMSKY-KORSAKOV (1844-1908) Igor STRAVINSKY (1882-1971) Russian Symphonies (I)

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Master and pupil? A youthful venture on the part of the composer of Scheherazade while naval officer, this symphony of Rimsky-Korsakov deploys fine rhetoric worthy of Haydn’s ‘military’ model incorporating contemporary material. His ‘cadet’ applies himself studiously – Stravinsky’s approach is more casual although the da capo appear in their entirety. A mere ad libitum experiment, his Scherzo fantastique is disappointingly lacking in metronomic rigour but not in inventivity. These two pieces appear together for the first time in over a century and are showcased with consummate skill.

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PRD 250 341

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