Famous Symphonic Poems, Vol. 2

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All Music Guide - Mike D. Brownell
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Mike D. Brownell
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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  • Release Date: 6/21/1996
  • Label: Naxos
  • UPC: 730099424523
  • Catalog Number: 8553245

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Disc 1
  1. 1 Le Rouet d'Omphale, symphonic poem in A major, Op. 31 - Camille Saint-Saëns & Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra (7:59)
    Composed byCamille Saint-Saëns
    Conducted byStephen Gunzenhauser
    Performed byCzecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Stephen Gunzenhauser
  2. 2 The Isle of the Dead, symphonic poem, Op. 29 - Sergey Rachmaninov & Enrique Bátiz (23:22)
    Composed bySergey Rachmaninov
    Conducted byEnrique Bátiz
    Performed byEnrique Bátiz, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  3. 3–5 Taras Bulba, rhapsody for orchestra, JW 6/15 - Leos Janácek & Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra (24:24)
    Composed byLeos Janácek
    Conducted byOndrej Lenard
    Performed bySlovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Ondrej Lenard
    1. 3The Death of Andri
    2. 4The Death of Ostap
    3. 5The Prophecy and Death of Taras Bulba
  4. 6–9 Pini di Roma (The Pines of Rome), symphonic poem, P. 141 - Ottorino Respighi & Enrique Bátiz (18:46)
    Composed byOttorino Respighi
    Conducted byEnrique Bátiz
    Performed byEnrique Bátiz, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    1. 6The Pines of the Villa Borghese
    2. 7Pines near a Catacomb
    3. 8The Pines of the Janiculum
    4. 9The Pines of the Appian Way
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