Magazine article Gramophone

Steinberg: Violin Concerto, Op 37

Magazine article Gramophone

Steinberg: Violin Concerto, Op 37

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Steinberg

Violin Concerto, Op 37 (a).

Symphony No 4, 'Turksib', Op 24

(a) Sergey Levitin vn

Royal Scottish National Orchestra / Martin Yates

Dutton Epoch (F) [SACD] CDLX7341 (74' * DDD)

Maximilian Steinberg is usually remembered as Dmitry Shostakovich's composition teacher at the Petrograd Conservatory. Shostakovich's youthful Symphony No 1 was composed as a graduation exercise from Steinberg's class; but what of Steinberg the composer? Seen as the natural successor to Rimsky-Korsakov and Glazunov, Steinberg favoured a conservative style which soon saw him left behind by the likes of Igor Stravinsky. Between 1905 and 1942 Steinberg composed five symphonies, of which the first two have been recorded by that tireless musical explorer Neeme Jarvi with the Gothenburg SO (DG, 11/99--nla; 10/01). Another of Jarvi's former orchestras, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, now offers the Fourth under Martin Yates on the enterprising Dutton label.

Like Reinhold Gliere, Steinberg adapted to Communist party requirements, his 1933 Symphony No 4 celebrating the Turkestan-Siberia railway project which was completed in 1931. …

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