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Rudolph Barshai Conducts Russian Music: Lokshin, Meerovich, Prokofiev, Weinberg et al.

Audio Samples

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 14 for soprano, bass, strings & percussion, Op. 135
>Weinberg, Mieczyslaw : Sinfonietta no 2 in A minor, Op. 74
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Chamber Symphony in A flat major, Op. 118a (arr. by Robert Barshai from String Quartet No 10)
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Prelude & Fugue for piano no 20 in C minor, Op. 87/20
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Prelude & Fugue for piano no 8 in F sharp minor, Op. 87/8
>Rääts, Jaan : Concerto for strings, Op. 16
>Tchaikovsky, Boris : Chamber Symphony
>Prokofiev, Sergei : Visions fugitives (20) for Piano, Op. 22
>Prokofiev, Sergei : Music for Children, Op. 65
>     3. Fairy Tale
>Meerovich, Mikahil : Serenade, for chamber orchestra
>Khachaturian, Karen : Sonata for Cello
>     3. Aria
>Lokshin, Alexander L. : Symphony no 7, for contralto & chamber orchestra

Album Summary

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 14 for soprano, bass, strings & percussion, Op. 135
>Weinberg, Mieczyslaw : Sinfonietta no 2 in A minor, Op. 74
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Chamber Symphony in A flat major, Op. 118a (arr. by Robert Barshai from String Quartet No 10)
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Prelude & Fugue for piano no 20 in C minor, Op. 87/20
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Prelude & Fugue for piano no 8 in F sharp minor, Op. 87/8
>Rääts, Jaan : Concerto for strings, Op. 16
>Tchaikovsky, Boris : Chamber Symphony
>Prokofiev, Sergei : Visions fugitives (20) for Piano, Op. 22
>Prokofiev, Sergei : Music for Children, Op. 65
>Meerovich, Mikahil : Serenade, for chamber orchestra
>Khachaturian, Karen : Sonata for Cello
>Lokshin, Alexander L. : Symphony no 7, for contralto & chamber orchestra
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Rudolf Barshai's influence as a conductor of Russian music is hard to overstate. Combining an inexhaustible work ethic with a commitment to perfecting every detail of a performance, he broke new ground with his studied interpretations. His recordings - particularly of Russian music - were some of the 20th century's most successful, met with both critical acclaim and widespread popularity; this collection celebrates his achievements, bringing together the best of Russian music from the 19th and 20th centuries, including many of his own celebrated arrangements and transcriptions. Barshai is heard here conducting the orchestra that he established - the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, which Shostakovich described as 'the greatest chamber orchestra in the world'.

American Record Guide, November/December 2012
This is a fascinating piece. With its low price, the set is worth it for this and the Fugitive Visions. Grigorieva sings with a steel-cored but ravishing Russian contralto voice; she's absolutely sensuous in some passages. Texts are sung in Russian; English translations are given, but I'm not sure if they're of the entire text or just a line or two to give you the feel. Notes are in English.



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Works Details

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Symphony no 14 for soprano, bass, strings & percussion, Op. 135
  • Performers: Mark Reshetin (Bass); Galina Vishnevskaya (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Rudolf Barshai
  • Ensemble: Moscow Chamber Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1969.
  • Running Time: 44 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1969

>Weinberg, Mieczyslaw : Sinfonietta no 2 in A minor, Op. 74
  • Conductor: Rudolf Barshai
  • Running Time: 15 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1960

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Chamber Symphony in A flat major, Op. 118a (arr. by Robert Barshai from String Quartet No 10)
  • Conductor: Rudolf Barshai
  • Notes: Composition written: Soviet Union.
  • Running Time: 22 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Prelude & Fugue for piano no 20 in C minor, Op. 87/20
  • Conductor: Rudolf Barshai
  • Running Time: 9 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1950-1951

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Prelude & Fugue for piano no 8 in F sharp minor, Op. 87/8
  • Conductor: Rudolf Barshai
  • Running Time: 1 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1950-1951

>Jaan Rääts (1932 - ) : Concerto for strings, Op. 16
  • Conductor: Rudolf Barshai
  • Running Time: 12 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1961

>Tchaikovsky, Boris : Chamber Symphony
  • Conductor: Rudolf Barshai
  • Running Time: 19 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1967

>Prokofiev, Sergei : Visions fugitives (20) for Piano, Op. 22
  • Conductor: Rudolf Barshai
  • Running Time: 11 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1915-1917

>Prokofiev, Sergei : Music for Children, Op. 65 :: 3. Fairy Tale
  • Conductor: Rudolf Barshai
  • Running Time: 2 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1935

>Meerovich, Mikahil : Serenade, for chamber orchestra
  • Conductor: Rudolf Barshai
  • Running Time: 10 min. 25 sec.

>Khachaturian, Karen : Sonata for Cello :: 3. Aria
  • Conductor: Rudolf Barshai
  • Running Time: 5 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Lokshin, Alexander L. : Symphony no 7, for contralto & chamber orchestra
  • Conductor: Rudolf Barshai
  • Running Time: 1 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1972