Magazine article Gramophone

Ippolitov-Ivanov: Symphony No 1, Op 46

Magazine article Gramophone

Ippolitov-Ivanov: Symphony No 1, Op 46

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Ippolitov-Ivanov [R]

Symphony No 1, Op 46. Turkish Fragments, Op 62. Turkish March, Op 55

Singapore Symphony Orchestra/Choo Hoey

Naxos (B) 8 573508 (56' * DDD)

From Marco Polo 8 220217 (11/85)

Beggars can't be choosers, and if you really must hear every Russian symphony you possibly can (yes, I'm in that club) then you currently have little choice regarding the only completed example by Mikhail Ippolitov-lvanov (sources list a Second Symphony under the title Karelia from 1935, the year of his death, but this seems never to have seen the light of day).

Ippolitov-lvanov was one of those rather few composers directly associated with the Mighty Handful (around 1880) who went on to find a comfortable niche in the Soviet system, not least in the early days of Soviet radio. He added the 'Ippolitov' apparently to distinguish himself from a critic with that common name. Unfortunately he neglected to add anything to his music that might distinguish him from his teacher Rimsky-Korsakov, his idol Tchaikovsky or the figure of Robert Schumann, who stands as godfather to the entire tradition of academic Russian symphonism. …

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