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Naxos Classical Spotlight

Apr 15, 2016

Although it makes an immediate connection on a musical level, Rimsky-Korsakov’s First Symphony had a provenance to which few of us can easily relate today. Russia’s 19th-century societal hierarchy classed the young composer just ahead of peasantry, but Rimsky-Korsakov successfully managed to juggle his early leanings for both music and the Russian Navy, with a little help from his illustrious teacher, Mily Balakirev. Raymond Bisha presents Rimsky-Korsakov’s First and Third Symphonies.