- Russia Cast Adrift (Otchalivshaya Rus'), for voice & piano
- Snow is falling (Sneg idyot), cantata
- Music for chamber orchestra (Muzïka dlya kamernogo orkestra)
Russian composer Georgy Sviridov was a student of Shostakovich, but except in the "Music for Chamber Orchestra" (1964), and not even in all of that, there's not much of a resemblance. Sviridov seems to revel in taking genres and styles that might easily become trite and making something fresh from them. Nowhere is this more notable than in the opening three-part "Sneg idyot" (Snow Is Falling), to texts by Boris Pasternak. Sample the opening section, which could almost be a singsong exercise for schoolchildren, alternating between a couple of notes and harmonies, but remains distinctive. The titular song cycle is a setting of poems by Sergey Yesenin that are nationalistic in the best way, with lovely evocations of the Russian landscape and soul; the title, taken from the song of the same name, is not a political critique, but a beautiful evocation of flight. The vocal lines are deliberate and dignified, again simple and more tonal than even Shostakovich, but distinctive. There is a competing version of the song cycle by Dmitri Hvorostovsky, but this one, in an arrangement for mezzo-soprano that the conductor's father worked on in his last days, has an attractive personal quality. Naxos refers listeners to a website for the texts; the URL given on the packaging does not work at this writing, but the page can be found by searching for Sviridov on the main Naxos website.