Notes & Reviews:
The tour visits the Tin Soldier Museum at Kulmbach, the National Army Museum, the Wellington Memorial and St Paul's Cathedral in London, and the Bavarian Army Museum at Ingolstadt, with its relics of the Thirty Years War and of conflicts with the Ottoman Empire. The tour brings Beethoven's musical celebration of Wellington's victorious campaign in Spain, Liszt's Battle of the Huns and a Georgian war march by Ippolitov-Ivanov. The tour ends with two military works by Rimsky-Korsakov, King Dodon on the Battlefield, from his last opera, The Golden Cockerel, and The Massacre at Kerzhenets from The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh.
This is a Naxos Musical Journey with a difference. There are no vistas of mountains, streams or snow-clad slopes and villages with music that often has little recognisable connection with the pictures, either by composer, mood or content. In this instance the pictures are very much related to the music being played. Pictures of toy soldiers in appropriate period uniforms feature prominently as do pictures of paintings of battlefields, all taken from museums.
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