MIKHAIL IPPOLITOV-IVANOV (1859-1935): Symphony No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 46, Turkish Fragments, Op. 62, Turkish March, Op. 55.

Catalogue Number: 07R004

Label: Naxos

Reference: 8.573508

Format: CD reissue

Price: $11.98

Description: Can you believe this recording is over 30 years old? Well, it’s good to have it back in the catalogue since its only rival was on the Conifer label, dead for almost two decades now. The symphony dates from 1908 and has themes so instantly memorable that there’s no obvious reason why it’s not at least as well-known as symphonies by Borodin, Rimsky-Korsakov or Kallinikov. No exoticism in it either. This is a purely Russian symphony with allusions to liturgical music in its slow movement. The exoticism comes from the 15 minutes worth of Turkish-inspired mini tone-pictures (Caravan, At Rest, Night and Festival) which come from 1930. Singapore Symphony Orchestra; Choo Hoey. Original 1984 Marco Polo release.

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