Without a doubt, the Second Symphony in B minor best reflects Russian feeling and temperament. Its rather harsh and mechanical theme is contrasted first by a lively little song and later by a conciliatory second subject. Cheerful and soothing melodies are heard in ever new combinations until the main theme returns once again and the movement is brought to a powerful close. The Scherzo, with its throbbing horns, march rhythms and thrilling woodwinds, is equally electrifying. The contemplative Andante is followed by a highly explosive Finale based on two Russian dance melodies which are widely varied during the course of the music.
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Symphony No. 2 in B Minor
First Movement – Allegro
Second Movement – Scherzo (Prestissimo)
Third Movement – Andante
Fourth Movement – Finale (Allegro)
Symphony No. 3 in A Minor (Unfinished)
First Movement – Moderato assai
Second Movement – Scherzo (Vivo)
Prince Igor Overture