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Russian Overtures & Orchestral Works

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>Glinka, Mikhail : Ruslan and Ludmila
>     Overture
>Borodin, Alexander : Prince Igor
>     Overture
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Festive Overture, Op. 96
>Prokofiev, Sergei : Semyon Kotko Suite, Op. 81a
>     Introduction
>Kabalevsky, Dmitri : Colas Breugnon, Op. 24
>     Overture
>Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai : Tsar's Bride
>     Overture
>Mussorgsky, Modest : Khovanschina
>     Act 1. Prelude. Dawn on the Moscow River
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Overture, for small (or large) orchestra in F major
>Glazunov, Alexander : Ouverture solennelle for orchestra in D major, Op. 73
>Liadov, Anatole : Baba-Yaga, Op. 56
>Liadov, Anatole : The enchanted lake, Op. 62
>Liadov, Anatole : Kikimora, Op. 63
>Tcherepnin, Nikolai : La Princesse Iointaine
>     Prelude
>Tcherepnin, Alexander : The Enchanted Kingdom
>     Prelude
>Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai : Le Coq d'Or (The Golden Cockerel; Zolotoy petushok), concert suite for orchestra

Album Summary

>Glinka, Mikhail : Ruslan and Ludmila
>Borodin, Alexander : Prince Igor
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Festive Overture, Op. 96
>Prokofiev, Sergei : Semyon Kotko Suite, Op. 81a
>Kabalevsky, Dmitri : Colas Breugnon, Op. 24
>Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai : Tsar's Bride
>Mussorgsky, Modest : Khovanschina
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Overture, for small (or large) orchestra in F major
>Glazunov, Alexander : Ouverture solennelle for orchestra in D major, Op. 73
>Liadov, Anatole : Baba-Yaga, Op. 56
>Liadov, Anatole : The enchanted lake, Op. 62
>Liadov, Anatole : Kikimora, Op. 63
>Tcherepnin, Nikolai : La Princesse Iointaine
>Tcherepnin, Alexander : The Enchanted Kingdom
>Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai : Le Coq d'Or (The Golden Cockerel; Zolotoy petushok), concert suite for orchestra
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Notes & Reviews:

This stunning 2 CD set includes a mix of the familiar and the not-so-familiar: Liadov's exquisite miniature tone poems and Glinka's effervescent overture to Ruslan and Ludmila rub shoulders with a rare Tchaikovsky overture and two preludes by Tcherepnin. All the composers represented here had a deep knowledge of the traditional music of Mother Russia and every work on these discs has an unmistakable Russian sound, irrespective of whether it was composed under the Tsars or the Soviet regime.

"Pletnev is at his most successful with the more reflective introduction to Semyon Kotko, and with the beautiful evocation of dawn over the Moscow River that opens Khovanshchina. Tchaikovsky's almost unknown early overture is a curiosity. It is not hard to observe some of the features that were to distinguish Tchaikovsky's style, with hindsight, but who could have had the foresight to see the genius that would charge them?"-Gramophone

MusicWeb International
There's some lovely trilling and shimmering magic here. Harp, piano and tinkling percussion and the more conventional instruments sigh, evoke bird-song and other idyllic visions. It's a real discovery and makes one want to hear much more... very good, superbly recorded and unhackneyed helping of Russian golden age works look no further than Newton Classics.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Concert Hall, Moscow Conservatory.



Reviews

From Russia With Love
The generic album title is something of a turn-off because without looking at the repertoire you might dismiss the recording out of hand with an “oh boy, here comes Romeo and Juliet Overture, Night on Bald Mountain, etc.” Thankfully the repertoire is far more eclectic and is masterfully played by an orchestra that has this music coursing through their veins – the Russian National Orchestra under the direction of Mikhail Pletnev. Yes, these are the same recordings that were originally released by Deutsche Grammophon back in the 90s, but they now appear on the new Newton Classics label at a mid-line price (It looks like Newton Classics is licensing from the Universal Classics roster of labels that include Decca, Deutsche Grammophon and Philips). Pletnev and company come flying out of the gate with one of the most exciting Ruslan and Ludmila overtures I’ve heard since Solti’s recording with the London Symphony. Truth of it is the overtures to Glinka’s Ruslan, Borodin’s Prince Igor and Kabalevsky’s Colas Breugnon are as close as we come to warhorse repertoire on this recording. The Glinka thrills while the Borodin is a model of warmth and elegance, I don’t think I’ve heard another Russian orchestra play with such flat-out beautiful tone. Tchaikovsky’s rarely heard Overture in F and Mussorgsky’s Khovanshchina prelude also benefit from the lush orchestral sound. There are some disposable works. I wasn’t especially taken with Shostakovich’s Festive Overture, a noisy orchestral smiley face that you forget five minutes after you hear it – I guess the Shostakovich I adore is the sardonic and glum Dmitri – but to the orchestra’s credit the work is brilliantly played. Overall, this is an excellent recording and should certainly satisfy any fan of Russian orchestral music.
Submitted on 02/25/11 by Craig Zeichner 
Decent Collection of Short Russian Works
As I have always been a fan of Russian composers, I was looking forward to this CD, but I was a bit disappointed in collection. A few of the pieces stand out, such as Shostakovich’s Festive Overture, but most of the selections, even by wonderful artist like Prokofiev, just didn’t do that much for me. The selections weren’t bad, they just were not the best Russia has to offer. In addition, this is my second experience with a Russian orchestra, and it seems the production quality just isn’t as good as we’re used to. The equalization just doesn’t seem right, and there seems to be a hollow kind of feel that you might get with a live recording. Overall, this album isn’t bad, but I think a better collection of works could have been found.
Submitted on 02/26/11 by Dynamic_Andy 
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Works Details

>Glinka, Mikhail : Ruslan and Ludmila :: Overture
  • Conductor: Mikhail Pletnev
  • Notes: Concert Hall, Moscow Conservatory (11/16/1993-11/23/1993)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1837-1842

>Borodin, Alexander : Prince Igor :: Overture
  • Conductor: Mikhail Pletnev
  • Notes: Concert Hall, Moscow Conservatory (11/16/1993-11/23/1993)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1869-1887

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Festive Overture, Op. 96
  • Conductor: Mikhail Pletnev
  • Notes: Concert Hall, Moscow Conservatory (11/16/1993-11/23/1993)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1954

>Prokofiev, Sergei : Semyon Kotko Suite, Op. 81a :: Introduction
  • Conductor: Mikhail Pletnev
  • Notes: Concert Hall, Moscow Conservatory (11/16/1993-11/23/1993)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1941

>Kabalevsky, Dmitri : Colas Breugnon, Op. 24 :: Overture
  • Conductor: Mikhail Pletnev
  • Notes: Concert Hall, Moscow Conservatory (11/16/1993-11/23/1993)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1936-1938

>Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai : Tsar's Bride :: Overture
  • Conductor: Mikhail Pletnev
  • Notes: Concert Hall, Moscow Conservatory (11/16/1993-11/23/1993)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1898

>Mussorgsky, Modest : Khovanschina :: Act 1. Prelude. Dawn on the Moscow River
  • Conductor: Mikhail Pletnev
  • Notes: Concert Hall, Moscow Conservatory (11/16/1993-11/23/1993)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1872-1880

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Overture, for small (or large) orchestra in F major
  • Conductor: Mikhail Pletnev
  • Notes: Concert Hall, Moscow Conservatory (11/16/1993-11/23/1993)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1866

>Glazunov, Alexander : Ouverture solennelle for orchestra in D major, Op. 73
  • Conductor: Mikhail Pletnev
  • Notes: Concert Hall, Moscow Conservatory (11/16/1993-11/23/1993)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1900

>Liadov, Anatole : Baba-Yaga, Op. 56
  • Conductor: Mikhail Pletnev
  • Running Time: 3 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1905

>Liadov, Anatole : The enchanted lake, Op. 62
  • Conductor: Mikhail Pletnev
  • Running Time: 7 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1909

>Liadov, Anatole : Kikimora, Op. 63
  • Conductor: Mikhail Pletnev
  • Running Time: 7 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1910

>Tcherepnin, Nikolai : La Princesse Iointaine :: Prelude
  • Conductor: Mikhail Pletnev
  • Running Time: 9 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Tcherepnin, Alexander : The Enchanted Kingdom :: Prelude
  • Conductor: Mikhail Pletnev
  • Running Time: 13 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai : Le Coq d'Or (The Golden Cockerel; Zolotoy petushok), concert suite for orchestra
  • Conductor: Mikhail Pletnev
  • Running Time: 8 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1907