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M.A. Kuzmin (1872-1936): Sacred Songs / Mila Shkirtil, mezzo; Karelian State PO; Yuri Serov, et al.

Audio Samples

  1. Kuzmin — Music for "The Society of Honoured Bell Ringers": No. 1, Introduction to Act I. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Kuzmin — Music for "The Society of Honoured Bell Ringers": No. 2, Interlude. Con moto $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Kuzmin — Music for "The Society of Honoured Bell Ringers": No. 3, Appearance. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Kuzmin — Music for "The Society of Honoured Bell Ringers": No. 4, Introduction to Act III $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Kuzmin — Music for "The Society of Honoured Bell Ringers": No. 5, Interlude. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Kuzmin — Music for "The Society of Honoured Bell Ringers": No. 6, Interlude. Moderato $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Kuzmin — Music for "The Society of Honoured Bell Ringers": No. 7, Final March. Allegretto $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Kuzmin — Music for "Masquerade": Polka $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Kuzmin — Music for "Masquerade": Waltz $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Kuzmin — Music for "Masquerade": Final Chorus $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Kuzmin — Sacred Songs: No. 1, Descent of the Virgin into Hell
  12. Kuzmin — Sacred Songs: No. 2, The Old Man and the Lion $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Kuzmin — Sacred Songs: No. 3, Doomsday $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Kuzmin — Music for "Hinkemann the German": No. 2, Pastoral $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Kuzmin — Music for "Hinkemann the German": No. 3, Interlude - Waltz $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Kuzmin — Music for "Hinkemann the German": No. 4, Introduction to Act II $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Kuzmin — Music for "Hinkemann the German": No. 5, Country Dance $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Kuzmin — Music for "Hinkemann the German": No. 6, Procession $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Kuzmin — Music for "Hinkemann the German": No. 7, Tango $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Kuzmin — Music for "Hinkemann the German": No. 8, Final March $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Kuzmin, Mikhail : The Society of Honoured Bell Ringers, incidental music for orchestra
>Kuzmin, Mikhail : Masquerade, incidental music for mezzo-soprano, chorus & orchestra (for the drama by Mikhail Lermont
>Kuzmin, Mikhail : Sacred Verses, for voice & piano
>Kuzmin, Mikhail : Hinkemann the German, incidental music for chorus & orchestra (for the play by Ernst Toller)
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The great twentieth-century Russian poet, Mikhail Alexeevich Kuzmin, was for much of his early life also passionately devoted to composition. Masterpieces of the vocal miniature, his Sacred Songs for voice and orchestra are settings of his own words based on studies of ancient Russian music. His incidental music for Masquerade is notable for a heartfelt Romance and a closing chorus which draws upon traditional Russian church music. The Society of Honoured Bell Ringers displays Mahlerian and Mozartian influences whilst greater harmonic complexity can be savored in Cumin's edgier music for Deer deutsche Heinemann.


Works:

The Society of Honoured Bell Ringers by Mikhail Kuzmin
Conductor: Yuri Serov
Orchestra/Ensemble: Karelia State Symphony Orchestra

Masquerade: Polka by Mikhail Kuzmin
Conductor: Yuri Serov
Orchestra/Ensemble: Karelia State Symphony Orchestra

Masquerade: Nina’s Romance by Mikhail Kuzmin
Performer: Lyudmila Shkirtil (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor: Yuri Serov
Orchestra/Ensemble: Karelia State Symphony Orchestra

Masquerade: Waltz by Mikhail Kuzmin
Conductor: Yuri Serov
Orchestra/Ensemble: Karelia State Symphony Orchestra

Masquerade: Final Chorus by Mikhail Kuzmin
Conductor: Yuri Serov
Orchestra/Ensemble: Karelia State Symphony Orchestra, Petrozavodsk State University Male Choir

Sacred Songs by Mikhail Kuzmin
Performer: Lyudmila Shkirtil (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor: Yuri Serov
Orchestra/Ensemble: Karelia State Symphony Orchestra

Hinkemann the German by Mikhail Kuzmin
Conductor: Yuri Serov
Orchestra/Ensemble: Karelia State Symphony Orchestra, Petrozavodsk State University Male Choir



American Record Guide, September/October 2015
Kuzmin had ability, and each of the three plays brought good things out of him. In the music for Mikhail Lermontov's Masquerade. Ernst Toller's 1923 play, Hinkemann the German, touches on themes of adultery and post-traumatic stress in the aftermath of The Great War. 'Descent of the Virgin Into Hell', 'The Old Man and the Lion', and 'Doomsday' are sung quite nicely by a lyrical, expressive Russian mezzo who goes easy on the vibrato. She's accompanied earnestly by the Karelians, who are OK. This is a pleasant enough program.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Karelian Philharmonic Concert Hall, Petrozavodsk, Russi (05/24/2013-05/26/2013).



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>Kuzmin, Mikhail : The Society of Honoured Bell Ringers, incidental music for orchestra
  • Conductor: Yury Serov
  • Ensemble: Karelia State Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Karelian Philharmonic Concert Hall, Petrozavodsk, Russia (05/24/2013-05/26/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1925

>Kuzmin, Mikhail : Masquerade, incidental music for mezzo-soprano, chorus & orchestra (for the drama by Mikhail Lermont
  • Conductor: Yury Serov
  • Ensemble: Petrozavodsk University Male Choir
  • Notes: Karelian Philharmonic Concert Hall, Petrozavodsk, Russia (05/24/2013-05/26/2013)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1911

>Kuzmin, Mikhail : Sacred Verses, for voice & piano
  • Performer: Mila Shkirtil (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Yury Serov
  • Notes: Karelian Philharmonic Concert Hall, Petrozavodsk, Russia (05/24/2013-05/26/2013)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1901-1903

>Kuzmin, Mikhail : Hinkemann the German, incidental music for chorus & orchestra (for the play by Ernst Toller)
  • Conductor: Yury Serov
  • Notes: Karelian Philharmonic Concert Hall, Petrozavodsk, Russia (05/24/2013-05/26/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1923