Famous Symphonic Poems, Vol. 2

Famous Symphonic Poems, Vol. 2

     
 

Like its predecessor, Vol. 2 of Naxos' Famous Symphonic Poems includes a variety of works whose level of "fame" is vastly different. The opening poem of Saint-Saëns, "Le Rouet d'Omphale," is by far the most obscure work on the program and for good reason. It is a rather banal, trite composition that pales in comparison to the more dense,See more details below

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Like its predecessor, Vol. 2 of Naxos' Famous Symphonic Poems includes a variety of works whose level of "fame" is vastly different. The opening poem of Saint-Saëns, "Le Rouet d'Omphale," is by far the most obscure work on the program and for good reason. It is a rather banal, trite composition that pales in comparison to the more dense, heavy-hitting pieces that follow. Rachmaninov's "Isle of the Dead" is far from trite, although even it is infrequently programmed. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under Enrique Bátiz gives this dark, contemplative work a strong, impassioned performance with sweeping string playing and some especially nice contributions by the underappreciated contrabassoon. Moving up the popularity ladder is Janácek's three-movement "Taras Bulba," based on the death of Cossack leader by the same name and his two sons. Another well-executed though otherwise unremarkable performance is given by the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra. By far the most well-known composition on the program is Respighi's "Pines of Rome." Regrettably, this popular work is given the weakest performance on the disc. Bátiz and the RPO return for what turns out to be a surprisingly sloppy, lazy read-through. Rhythm and articulation are messy and careless, string solos are out of tune, and overall balance is less than stellar.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/21/1996
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0730099424523
catalogNumber:
8553245

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Tracks

  1. Le Rouet d'Omphale, symphonic poem in A major, Op. 31  - Camille Saint-Saëns  -  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra  - Stephen Gunzenhauser
  2. The Isle of the Dead, symphonic poem, Op. 29  - Sergey Rachmaninov  - Enrique Bátiz  -  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  3. Taras Bulba, rhapsody for orchestra, JW 6/15  - Leos Janácek  -  Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra  - Ondrej Lenard
  4. Pini di Roma (The Pines of Rome), symphonic poem, P. 141  - Ottorino Respighi  - Enrique Bátiz  -  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

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