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Glinka: Symphony on Russian Themes, etc / Sinaisky, BBC PO

Album Summary

>Glinka, Mikhail : Capriccio brillante on the Jota Aragonesa (Spanish Overture no 1), for orchestra, G. ii3
>Glinka, Mikhail : Overture, for orchestra in D major, G. i129
>Glinka, Mikhail : Souvenirs of a Summer Night in Madrid (Spanish Overture no 2), for orchestra, G. ii143
>Glinka, Mikhail : Symphony on two Russian themes, for orchestra in D minor, G. i193 (incomplete)
>Glinka, Mikhail : Kamarinskaya (Russian scherzo), fantasy for orchestra, G. ii105
>Glinka, Mikhail : Ruslan and Ludmilla
>Glinka, Mikhail : Valse-Fantaisie, for orchestra in B minor, G. ii213
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This is perhaps the most complete, and certainly the best performed album devoted to the orchestral music of Mikhail Glinka to appear on CD. It contains some Glinka favorites, such as the overture to Ruslan and Lyudmila, but it also holds an extended eighteen minutes of music from the opera that is rarely performed. This is "light" music, but in such effervescent performances, it never fails to charm.

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
This is a more comprehensive survey than that available on ASV with the Armenian Philharmonic under Loris Tjeknavorian. Both conductors include the two 'Spanish Overtures', the Valse-fantaisie and Kamarinskaya in closely matched performances. Sinaisky is rather faster and brighter in the first 'Spanish Overture', Capriccio on the jota aragonesa, and in the second, Souvenir d'une nuit d'été, he reflects more subtly the French grace that also lies within the music.

Both conductors give good, vivid performances of the Valse-fantaisie and Kamarinskaya, with recordings that do justice to Glinka's brilliant orchestration. Thereafter the repertoire parts company. While Tjeknavorian gives the rest of his record up to a suite of six pieces from A Lifefor the Tsar, Sinaisky prefers Ruslan and Lyudmila, with a lively performance of the overture and then the Act 3 dances and the dwarf Chernomor's grotesque little march. This gives him room for the early Overture in D minor, which doesn't often feature on records, and for the Symphony on Two Russian Themes. The work survives in only a single movement, but fascinatingly anticipates Kamarinskaya. For a highly enjoyable introduction to Glinka's orchestral music, indeed to his whole original way of thinking, this Chandos disc is the one to go for.



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>Glinka, Mikhail : Capriccio brillante on the Jota Aragonesa (Spanish Overture no 1), for orchestra, G. ii3
  • Conductor: Vassili Sinaisky
  • Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: 03/29/2000-03/30/2000
  • Running Time: 8 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1845

>Glinka, Mikhail : Overture, for orchestra in D major, G. i129
  • Conductor: Vassili Sinaisky
  • Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: 03/29/2000-03/30/2000
  • Running Time: 5 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1822-1826

>Glinka, Mikhail : Souvenirs of a Summer Night in Madrid (Spanish Overture no 2), for orchestra, G. ii143
  • Conductor: Vassili Sinaisky
  • Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: 03/29/2000-03/30/2000
  • Running Time: 9 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1851

>Glinka, Mikhail : Symphony on two Russian themes, for orchestra in D minor, G. i193 (incomplete)
  • Conductor: Vassili Sinaisky
  • Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: 03/29/2000-03/30/2000
  • Running Time: 13 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1834

>Glinka, Mikhail : Kamarinskaya (Russian scherzo), fantasy for orchestra, G. ii105
  • Conductor: Vassili Sinaisky
  • Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: 03/29/2000-03/30/2000
  • Running Time: 7 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1848

>Glinka, Mikhail : Ruslan and Ludmilla :: Overture
  • Conductor: Vassili Sinaisky
  • Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: 03/29/2000-03/30/2000
  • Running Time: 5 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1837-1842

>Glinka, Mikhail : Ruslan and Ludmilla :: Suite
  • Conductor: Vassili Sinaisky
  • Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: 03/29/2000-03/30/2000
  • Running Time: 13 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1837-1842

>Glinka, Mikhail : Ruslan and Ludmilla :: Suite
  • Conductor: Vassili Sinaisky
  • Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: 03/29/2000-03/30/2000
  • Running Time: 4 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1837-1842

>Glinka, Mikhail : Valse-Fantaisie, for orchestra in B minor, G. ii213
  • Conductor: Vassili Sinaisky
  • Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: 03/29/2000-03/30/2000
  • Running Time: 8 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1839-1856