Russian Nights

Russian Nights

by Erich Kunzel
     
 

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Erich Kunzel's 2007 tribute to the great Russian composers is a brilliant showcase that captures the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra at its most vibrant, and this CD offers exceptionally colorful music with extraordinarily realistic sound. The selections are among the most popular in the orchestral repertoire and are therefore

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Erich Kunzel's 2007 tribute to the great Russian composers is a brilliant showcase that captures the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra at its most vibrant, and this CD offers exceptionally colorful music with extraordinarily realistic sound. The selections are among the most popular in the orchestral repertoire and are therefore already familiar to most listeners, in many cases from an early age. Indeed, who among us doesn't feel a twinge of sentiment or nostalgia for at least one of these tuneful and exotic pieces? Whether it's Borodin's perennially popular "Polovtsian Dances" from "Prince Igor," Rimsky-Korsakov's magically orchestrated "Capriccio Espagnol," Glinka's rousing Overture to "Ruslan and Ludmilla," or Tchaikovsky's breathless "Russian Dance" from "The Nutcracker," there will be at least one and possibly several more pieces among the 11 here that will evoke fond memories. The program is completely accessible and largely Romantic in flavor, with only Prokofiev's March from "The Love for Three Oranges" and Khachaturian's "Love Theme" from "Spartacus" included to give a little representation to the moderns (perhaps Shostakovich's music was deemed too somber or serious for this collection, but something by him -- perhaps the delightful "Romance" from "The Gadfly" -- could have been included to make this a more rounded program). Still, this is an exciting presentation of entertaining light fare, and Kunzel and his orchestra deliver the goods with richly blended sonorities and a wide range of dynamics, all splendidly reproduced in Telarc's direct stream digital sound. As far as pops compilations go, this one is enjoyable from beginning to end, and is recommended for anyone just starting to learn about classical music.

Editorial Reviews

Gramophone - Andrew Farach-Colton
Brilliantly engineered.... The performances are impressive.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/27/2007
Label:
Telarc
UPC:
0089408065729
catalogNumber:
80657
Rank:
203776

Tracks

  1. Ruslan and Lyudmila, "magic" opera in 5 acts, G. xiv: Overture  - Mikhail Glinka  - Anilda Carrasquillo  -  Cincinnati Pops Orchestra  - Erich Kunzel
  2. Caucasian Sketches, suite for orchestra, Op. 10: Procession of the Sardar  - Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov  - Anilda Carrasquillo  -  Cincinnati Pops Orchestra  - Erich Kunzel
  3. The Love for Three Oranges, suite for orchestra, Op. 33 bis: March  - Sergey Prokofiev  - Anilda Carrasquillo  -  Cincinnati Pops Orchestra  - Erich Kunzel
  4. Prince Igor, opera (completed by Rimsky-Korsakov & Glazunov): Polovtsian Dances  - Alexander Borodin  - Anilda Carrasquillo  -  Cincinnati Pops Orchestra  - Erich Kunzel
  5. Capriccio espagñol (Kaprichchio na ispankskiye temï), for orchestra, Op. 34  - Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov  - Anilda Carrasquillo  -  Cincinnati Pops Orchestra  - Erich Kunzel  - Timothy Lees  - Richard Hawley
  6. Enchanted Lake, for orchestra, Op. 62  - Anatol Lyadov  - Anilda Carrasquillo  -  Cincinnati Pops Orchestra  - Erich Kunzel
  7. Spartacus, ballet in 4 acts: Love Theme  - Aram Khachaturian  - Anilda Carrasquillo  -  Cincinnati Pops Orchestra  - Erich Kunzel
  8. Nutcracker, ballet, Op. 71: Russian Dance (Trepak)  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  - Anilda Carrasquillo  -  Cincinnati Pops Orchestra  - Erich Kunzel
  9. Boris Godunov, opera (Rimsky-Korsakov edition): Polonaise  - Modest Mussorgsky  - Anilda Carrasquillo  -  Cincinnati Pops Orchestra  - Erich Kunzel
  10. Musical Snuffbox, for piano (or orchestra), Op. 32  - Anatol Lyadov  - Anilda Carrasquillo  -  Cincinnati Pops Orchestra  - Erich Kunzel
  11. The Swan Lake, suite, Op. 20a: Hungarian Dance (Czardas)  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  - Anilda Carrasquillo  -  Cincinnati Pops Orchestra  - Erich Kunzel

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