Russian Festival

Russian Festival

     
 
As a sampler of Russian music at its most accessible and vibrant, this disc may serve as an excellent introduction for beginners, though it offers nothing new for experienced Russophiles. The performances are particularly brilliant in Khachaturian's wildly energetic "Sabre Dance," Glière's menacing and frenetic

Overview

As a sampler of Russian music at its most accessible and vibrant, this disc may serve as an excellent introduction for beginners, though it offers nothing new for experienced Russophiles. The performances are particularly brilliant in Khachaturian's wildly energetic "Sabre Dance," Glière's menacing and frenetic "Russian Sailor's Dance," and Rimsky-Korsakov's greatest hit "The Flight of the Bumble Bee," all entertaining showpieces of brief duration but high intensity. The more substantial works with developed themes and subtler orchestration are the overtures, which give some depth to this collection. Glinka's overtures to "Ruslan and Ludmila" and "A Life for the Tsar" represent the budding of Russian nationalism -- albeit cast in a German form -- and are delightful works of early romanticism. The orchestral fantasy "Kamarinskaya" is a potpourri of Russian themes treated in a lighthearted and unpretentious manner. Borodin's overture to his opera "Prince Igor" (completed by Rimsky-Korsakov and Glazunov) and Rimsky-Korsakov's own "Russian Easter Overture" are perhaps the most serious pieces and invite attentive listening for their skillful elaboration of nationalist themes. The Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra, directed by Anthony Bramall, presents this showcase of Russian favorites with verve and appealing color, and the performances are vividly captured on this well-recorded disc from 1988.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/05/1993
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0730099508520
catalogNumber:
8550085
Rank:
328617

Tracks

  1. Gayane, ballet in 4 acts: Sabre Dance
  2. Prince Igor, opera (completed by Rimsky-Korsakov & Glazunov): Overture
  3. The Red Poppy, ballet, Op. 70: Russian Sailor's Dance
  4. Ruslan and Lyudmila, "magic" opera in 5 acts, G. xiv: Overture
  5. A Life for the Tsar (Ivan Susanin; Zhizn' za tsarya), opera in 4 acts with and epilogue, G. xii: Overture
  6. Kamarinskaya (Russian scherzo), fantasy for orchestra, G. ii105
  7. The Flight of the Bumble Bee, musical picture for orchestra (from The Tale of Tsar Saltan)
  8. Russian Easter Festival Overture (Svetlïy pazdnik), for orchestra, Op. 36

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