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Russian Orchestral Works by Glazunov, Lysenko, Scriabin & Myaskovsky / Stefan Blunier

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>Lysenko, Nikolay : Taras Bulba
>     Overture
>Scriabin, Alexander : La poème de l'extase
>Scriabin, Alexander : Reverie, for orchestra in E major, Op. 24
>Glazunov, Alexander : Concert Waltz no 1 in D major, Op. 47
>Myaskovsky, Nikolay : Symphony no 21 in F sharp minor, Op. 51

Album Summary

>Lysenko, Nikolay : Taras Bulba
>Scriabin, Alexander : La poème de l'extase
>Scriabin, Alexander : Reverie, for orchestra in E major, Op. 24
>Glazunov, Alexander : Concert Waltz no 1 in D major, Op. 47
>Myaskovsky, Nikolay : Symphony no 21 in F sharp minor, Op. 51
Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

"Poème de l'Extase" - the title itself promises big things, and in fact Alexander Scriabin's masterpiece of the most sensuous compositional artistry with a sonorous harmony culminating in a mighty apotheosis was designed to set a milestone as an all-encompassing work of art. Thousands of devotees were supposed to gather at the foot of the Himalayas for its festive premiere and to celebrate the synthesis of art, music, dance, colors, and fragrances in a gigantic seven-day magical mystery rite. Things turned out differently...

Stefan Blunier's emotionally charged interpretation of this trailblazing work and other Russian compositions is a gripping live performance with the Beethoven Orchestra of Bonn - as always, ready to reach for the stars!

Russian music is marked just as much by sensuousness as it is by proud reflection on the original power of Russian folk art. Nicolai Miaskovsky knew how to blend elegiac breadth with folkloristic melodies in his formally demanding works. His Symphony No. 21 was regarded as the most genuine expression of Soviet composing - in any case, until those in power listened to it more closely!

Slavic national pride sometimes produced unusual ethnic crisis situations. Tchaikovsky was enthusiastic about Mykola Lysenko's opera on the subject of the Ukrainian national epic Taras Bulba and wanted to arrange for its performance in Moscow immediately after its publication. Lysenko vetoed the idea: his work would have been performed in Russian, not in Ukrainian!

Alexander Glazunov seems to have been much more internationally inclined. His Concert Waltz No. 1 begins in elegant nobility and is pervaded by airy lightness. Brass and percussion instruments provide for a tremendous intensification of the phenomenally instrumented work, which ends in a bacchantic stretta.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Bonn (11/10/2011-11/11/2011).



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Works Details

>Lysenko, Nikolay : Taras Bulba :: Overture
  • Conductor: Stefan Blunier
  • Ensemble: Beethoven Orchestra Bonn
  • Notes: Bonn (11/10/2011-11/11/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Scriabin, Alexander : La poème de l'extase
  • Conductor: Stefan Blunier
  • Notes: Bonn (11/10/2011-11/11/2011)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1905-1908
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Scriabin, Alexander : Rêverie, for orchestra in E major, Op. 24
  • Conductor: Stefan Blunier
  • Notes: Bonn (11/10/2011-11/11/2011)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1898
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Glazunov, Alexander : Concert Waltz no 1 in D major, Op. 47
  • Conductor: Stefan Blunier
  • Notes: Bonn (11/10/2011-11/11/2011)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1893
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Myaskovsky, Nikolay : Symphony no 21 in F sharp minor, Op. 51
  • Conductor: Stefan Blunier
  • Notes: Bonn (11/10/2011-11/11/2011)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 11/16/1940
  • Studio/Live: Live