Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Anton Rubinstein, Slovakia Philharmonic Orchestra, Barry Kolman|
Symphonies 3 & 5
The performance of advocacy and enthusiasm.
David A. Hollingsworth | Washington, DC USA | 12/29/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The Third Symphony in A Major op. 56 (1855) and the Fifth Symphony in G Minor op. 107 (1880) are quite different works of Anton Grigoryevich Rubinstein (1829-1894). The Third Symphony is energetic, optimistic, youthful, and cosmopolitan (somewhat Mendelssohnian in places). The Fifth Symphony is more mature, serious, with a un-mistakenably Russian accent. It's leaning towards the Russian folkmusic caused the work to be best liked and best known in its days, even over the Ocean and Dramtic symphonies (nos. 2 & 4 respectively). His opera "The Demon" of 1869 represented a turning point of Rubinstein's view of Russian music which was condescending prior to 1869. His works thereafter demonstrate Russian pride, especially his Second Cello Concerto and the the Fifth Symphony.Barry H. Kolman and the Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra played with great advocacy and spirit. Although there's a slight lackage in the brass intonations, the performances overall were well done and convincing. The recording sound is natural and atmospheric (with very little limitation on its dynamic range). This disc is a pioneer in advancing the idea of how important Rubinstein was as a composer and the spirited performances of Kolman and his band never fell short in advancing that idea. Furthermore, Kolman's music notes are detailed and informative.With grace, I must recommend this disc."