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Matvey Nikolaevsky (1882-1942): Two Dances for Orchestra; Piano Music; Songs / Svetlana Zlobina, mz; Mikhail Mordvinov, piano

Album Summary

>Nikolaevsky, Matvey : Nocturne for piano in C minor
>Nikolaevsky, Matvey : Fantasia on the Russian Folksong "Korobeiniki", for piano
>Nikolaevsky, Matvey : Oh Come, Have Mercy!, gypsy romance for voice & piano
>Nikolaevsky, Matvey : I Dreamt of Evening Skies, for voice & piano
>Nikolaevsky, Matvey : To Admire You Forever, for voice & piano
>Nikolaevsky, Matvey : Csardas, for orchestra
>Nikolaevsky, Matvey : Gypsy Dance, for orchestra
>Nikolaevsky, Matvey : Ballet Marches (2), for piano
>Nikolaevsky, Matvey : The Snuff-Box, a musical box for piano
>Nikolaevsky, Matvey : A Day on the Volga, musical picture for piano
>Nikolaevsky, Matvey : Tango Satanique, for piano
>Nikolaevsky, Matvey : Charlie-Fox, charleston for piano
>Nikolaevsky, Matvey : Jou-Ré
>Nikolaevsky, Matvey : Miss Evelyn, foxtrot (shimmy, two-step) for piano
>Nikolaevsky, Matvey : Hey, Enough!, for voice & piano
>Nikolaevsky, Matvey : Old Sofron on the Bench, for voice & piano
>Nikolaevsky, Matvey : Wide Runs the Road through the Fields, for voice & piano
>Nikolaevsky, Matvey : A Bell Jingles under the Shaft Bow, Russian song for voice & piano
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The Roaring Twenties roared in Russia as well as in Europe and America, to an extent generally unsuspected in the west. This CD reveals for the first time the light music of a minor master of the day, Matvey Nikolaevsky (1882 - 1942), whose songs and dances were hits in the early years of the Soviet Union. His style evolved effortlessly from the salon music of the late nineteenth century to the foxtrots, Charlestons and tangos popular during the relatively liberal New Economic Policy introduced by Lenin in 1921 and which Soviet audiences continued to enjoy after the NEP was abolished by Stalin in 1928.

American Record Guide, March/April 2016
The opening piano pieces, a nocturne and a fantasia on a Russian folk song, sound a lot like Chopin and Liszt. The songs, in the Russian Gypsy or folk idioms, are effectively sung - Zlobina has a rich, expressive voice. Mordvinov seems more musically at ease in the songs and lighter pieces.

About half the pieces are truly stereotypical light music - tonal, pleasant, and easily digested. The orchestra only plays two, 'Csardas' and 'Gypsy Dance'; the rest are for piano. There are marches, sketches, and dances - a tango, Charleston, fox trot, and two-step. The writing is of good quality, the melodies are appealing, and a few of the pieces stand out.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Mosfilm Ton-Studio One (06/01/2015); Popov Academy of Choral Art (06/01/2015); Mosfilm Ton-Studio One (2015-05-28&2015-06-11&2015-); Popov Academy of Choral Art (2015-05-28&2015-06-11&2015-).



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>Nikolaevsky, Matvey : Nocturne for piano in C minor
  • Performer: Mikhail Mordvinov (Piano)
  • Conductor: Filipp Chizhevsky
  • Ensemble: Moscow Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Popov Academy of Choral Art (2015-05-28&2015-06-11&2015-)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1917

>Nikolaevsky, Matvey : Fantasia on the Russian Folksong "Korobeiniki", for piano
  • Performer: Mikhail Mordvinov (Piano)
  • Notes: Popov Academy of Choral Art (2015-05-28&2015-06-11&2015-)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1917

>Nikolaevsky, Matvey : Oh Come, Have Mercy!, gypsy romance for voice & piano
  • Performers: Mikhail Mordvinov (Piano); Svetlana Zlobina
  • Notes: Popov Academy of Choral Art (2015-05-28&2015-06-11&2015-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1903

>Nikolaevsky, Matvey : I Dreamt of Evening Skies, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Mikhail Mordvinov (Piano); Svetlana Zlobina
  • Notes: Popov Academy of Choral Art (2015-05-28&2015-06-11&2015-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1903

>Nikolaevsky, Matvey : To Admire You Forever, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Mikhail Mordvinov (Piano); Svetlana Zlobina
  • Notes: Popov Academy of Choral Art (2015-05-28&2015-06-11&2015-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1903

>Nikolaevsky, Matvey : Csardas, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Filipp Chizhevsky
  • Running Time: 5 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Nikolaevsky, Matvey : Gypsy Dance, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Filipp Chizhevsky
  • Running Time: 2 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Nikolaevsky, Matvey : Ballet Marches (2), for piano
  • Performer: Mikhail Mordvinov (Piano)
  • Notes: Popov Academy of Choral Art (2015-05-28&2015-06-11&2015-)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1929

>Nikolaevsky, Matvey : The Snuff-Box, a musical box for piano
  • Performer: Mikhail Mordvinov (Piano)
  • Notes: Popov Academy of Choral Art (2015-05-28&2015-06-11&2015-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1925

>Nikolaevsky, Matvey : A Day on the Volga, musical picture for piano
  • Performer: Mikhail Mordvinov (Piano)
  • Notes: Popov Academy of Choral Art (2015-05-28&2015-06-11&2015-)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1927

>Nikolaevsky, Matvey : Tango Satanique, for piano
  • Performer: Mikhail Mordvinov (Piano)
  • Notes: Popov Academy of Choral Art (2015-05-28&2015-06-11&2015-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1920

>Nikolaevsky, Matvey : Charlie-Fox, charleston for piano
  • Performer: Mikhail Mordvinov (Piano)
  • Notes: Popov Academy of Choral Art (2015-05-28&2015-06-11&2015-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1927

>Nikolaevsky, Matvey : Jou-Ré :: Boston Waltz, for piano
  • Performer: Mikhail Mordvinov (Piano)
  • Notes: Popov Academy of Choral Art (2015-05-28&2015-06-11&2015-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1925

>Nikolaevsky, Matvey : Miss Evelyn, foxtrot (shimmy, two-step) for piano
  • Performer: Mikhail Mordvinov (Piano)
  • Notes: Popov Academy of Choral Art (2015-05-28&2015-06-11&2015-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1926

>Nikolaevsky, Matvey : Hey, Enough!, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Mikhail Mordvinov (Piano); Svetlana Zlobina
  • Notes: Popov Academy of Choral Art (2015-05-28&2015-06-11&2015-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1927

>Nikolaevsky, Matvey : Old Sofron on the Bench, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Mikhail Mordvinov (Piano); Svetlana Zlobina
  • Notes: Popov Academy of Choral Art (2015-05-28&2015-06-11&2015-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1920

>Nikolaevsky, Matvey : Wide Runs the Road through the Fields, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Mikhail Mordvinov (Piano); Svetlana Zlobina
  • Notes: Popov Academy of Choral Art (2015-05-28&2015-06-11&2015-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1929

>Nikolaevsky, Matvey : A Bell Jingles under the Shaft Bow, Russian song for voice & piano
  • Performers: Mikhail Mordvinov (Piano); Svetlana Zlobina
  • Notes: Popov Academy of Choral Art (2015-05-28&2015-06-11&2015-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1922