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Russian Chamber Music for Wind Instruments, Vol. 2 - Music by Glinka, Balakirev, Glazunov & Ippolitov-Ivanov

Album Summary

>Glinka, Mikhail : Trio pathétique, for clarinet (or violin), bassoon (or cello) & piano in D minor, G. iv173
>Balakirev, Mily : Octet for flute, oboe, horn, violin, viola, cello, double bass & piano, Op. 3 (unfinished)
>Ippolitov-Ivanov, Mikhail Mikhaylovich : An Evening in Georgia, for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and piano, Op. 71
>Glazunov, Alexander : Saxophone Quartet in B flat major, Op. 109
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Notes & Reviews:

Firma Melodiya continues to present Russian chamber music for wind instruments. This disc features compositions written within a hundred years between 1832 and 1932. Trio pathétique by Mikhail Glinka, one of the first Russian chamber ensembles originally composed for clarinet, bassoon and piano (winds are often replaced with strings) received its continuation in Mily Balakirev's octet. The future leader of The Five met Glinka at a young age and earned a praise of his talent. An elegant music picture An Evening in Georgia by Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov presents an oriental area of Russian music. It was created under the impression of life in Tiflis (now Tbilisi), Georgia, where the composer lived for more than ten years and virtually led the music life of the city. Saxophone Quartet, a concluding piece of the program is one of the last works by the classical Russian composer Alexander Glazunov composed in 1932. The composer was carried away with a new timbre of the saxophone and so excited with the sound of the musicians of the French National Guards orchestra that he wrote a composition especially for them in timbre colors which were so unusual for Russian music. The recordings feature soloists and musicians of some of the leading Moscow orchestras, including such outstanding musicians as harpist Emilia Moskovityanova, flutist Valentin Zverev, clarinetist Vladimir Sokolov, violinist Andrei Korsakov, cellist Fyodor Luzanov, saxophonist Lev Mikhailov and others. Remarkable pianists and winners of international competitions, People's Artists of Russia Lyubov Timofeyeva and Alexei Nasedkin play the piano on the ensembles by Glinka and Balakirev.

American Record Guide, January/February 2015
The concert is a bumpy ride. Each score is delivered with verve and lyricism. In general the pianists are excellent, yet while Timofeyeva's fingers are wonderfully fluid in the Glinka. The strings in the Balakirev might sound warm and inviting.



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>Glinka, Mikhail : Trio pathétique, for clarinet (or violin), bassoon (or cello) & piano in D minor, G. iv173
  • Performers: Sergei Krasavin (Bassoon); Vladimir Sokolov (Clarinet); Lyubov Timofeyeva (Piano)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1832

>Balakirev, Mily : Octet for flute, oboe, horn, violin, viola, cello, double bass & piano, Op. 3 (unfinished)
  • Performers: Boris Afanasyev (Horn); Rifat Komachkov (Double Bass); Andrei Korsakov (Violin); Fiodor Luzanov (Cello); Anatoly Lyubimov (Oboe); Alexei Nasedkin (Piano); Mikhail Tolpygo (Viola); Valentin Zverev (Flute)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1855-1856

>Ippolitov-Ivanov, Mikhail Mikhaylovich : An Evening in Georgia, for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and piano, Op. 71
  • Performers: Sergei Krasavin (Bassoon); Anatoly Lyubimov (Oboe); Emilia Moskvitina (Harp); Vladimir Sokolov (Clarinet); Valentin Zverev (Flute)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Glazunov, Alexander : Saxophone Quartet in B flat major, Op. 109
  • Performers: Lev Mikhailov; Alexander Oseichuk; Yuri Vorontsov; Vladimir Yeryomin
  • Running Time: 26 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1932