- Composer: Balakirev
- Audio CD (July 31 1997)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Ncl
- ASIN: B0000013YI
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #87,353 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
|1. Largo/Allegro Vivo|
|2. Scherzo: Vivo|
|4. Finale: Allegro Moderato|
Igor Golovschin gives wonderful, committed performances of unknown and underrated works. The First Symphony is beautiful, with lots of Russian themes from Balakirev's folk song collection. You will hear pre-echoes of Rimsky-Korsakov's "Scheherazade." The woodwinds handle the Russian motivic sequencing very well. This work is underrated, and Naxos offers an inexpensive opportunity to hear these works.
"Tamara" is also very well-played and -conducted. It is similar to the account by Evgeny Svetlanov (on a two-CD Melodiya BMG set called "Symphonic Poems from Russia," also recommendable, if you can find it.). Golovschin studied under Svetlanov as Assistant
Conductor of the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, so this is no surpise. The full range of emotions comes across, and the orchestra plays very well as a unit.
It is also wonderful to have an orchestral transcription of Balakirev's piano showpiece, "Islamey," by Sergey Liapunov, a Balakirev disciple. The orchestra glitters, plays with power and conviction, and plays very emotionally and tenderly in "Islamey's" central section.
Overall, this is a wonderful CD to have in your collection, or if you are simply curious to sample Mily Balakirev's music. Either way, you cannot go wrong!
Mily Balakirev: Symphony No. 2, Overture on Russian Themes (Igor Golovschin, Moscow SO, Naxos)
Symphonic Poems from Russia (Evgeny Svetlanov, U.S.S.R. SO, Melodiya, 2 CD's)