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Mikhail Vysotsky & The Gypsies Of Moscow / Talisman

Vysotsky / Abelin / Harley / Kolpakov / Timofeyev
Release Date: 03/30/2010 
Label:  Profil   Catalog #: 10027   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Mikhail Timofeevich VysotTraditionalDaniil Nikitich KashinS. Orekhov,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Talisman
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 0 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Mikhail Vysotsky came of humble parentage - a serf in Imperial Russia. He rose to achieve manumission through his skill with the Russian seven string guitar. In this he was executant, renowned teacher and composer. He more than made his mark in the salons of Moscow and added to his exotic allure through spending much time, late into the night, with gypsy musicians whose ideas and flavours passed through his music. They brought ‘dangerous’ colours and flavours to the aristocracy and the respectable burgers of Moscow.

Read more The idiom is part trembling balalaika territory - though the instruments do not include balalaikas) but much more Donizetti and Bellini. Sentimentality is not seen as a boundary - rather as a virtue. The music recalls many bel canto florid delights as well as Beethoven's romantic Scottish songs and Neapolitan romances.

This medley is essentially a mix of instrumentals and songs. It's well calculated from a genre that could pall if not sufficiently varied. The disc is built around the resonant voice of Anne Harley and the very forwardly plangent resinous sound of the seven string Russian guitar. While the fiddle puts in appearances it is the peppery tang of the guitar that predominates.

Rukin's Shall I come forth? is expertly put across by Harley. Orekhov's The Gypsies were travelling is a sort of cross between Django Reinhardt and Muscovite starry nights. Zhuchkovsky's We Live in the Fields adds a classical violin to the smiling mix with the instrumentalists injecting zingaresco exclamations to the singing.

This disc opens a doorway into Moscow's 19th century infatuation with all things gypsy: the open road, the sensuous, the liberation from the quotidian, the camp fire, the dangerous and the divine. The music enjoyed réclame in Imperial Russia's great cities and on this sampling was populist, unsubtle and full of Tzigane paprika - a slice of alluring exotica from a bygone era. One can see how Liszt, Sarasate and Brahms were attracted to this libertine flame. A Gypsy Moscow series of this music would not be unexpected.

-- Rob Barnett, MusicWeb International Read less

Works on This Recording

1. As Behind the Dear River, for guitar by Mikhail Timofeevich Vysot
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Talisman
Date of Recording: 03/27/2007 
Length: 2 Minutes 13 Secs. 
2. Shall I Come Forth to the River, folk song by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Talisman
Date of Recording: 03/27/2007 
Length: 3 Minutes 49 Secs. 
3. A Dove Flew to the Valley, for voice & piano by Daniil Nikitich Kashin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Talisman
Date of Recording: 03/27/2007 
Length: 2 Minutes 45 Secs. 
4. You Maidens and Beauties, for voice & piano by Daniil Nikitich Kashin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Talisman
Date of Recording: 03/27/2007 
Length: 3 Minutes 1 Secs. 
5. The Gypsies Were Traveling, song by S. Orekhov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Talisman
Date of Recording: 03/27/2007 
Length: 2 Minutes 32 Secs. 
6. We Live in the Fields, song by Timofey Zhuchkovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Talisman
Date of Recording: 03/27/2007 
Length: 3 Minutes 3 Secs. 
7. The Flowers Have Faded, for guitar by Mikhail Timofeevich Vysot
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Talisman
Date of Recording: 03/27/2007 
Length: 4 Minutes 57 Secs. 
8. The Red Sarafan, waltz arrangement for ensemble (after Vysotsky) by Oleg Timofeyev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Talisman
Date of Recording: 03/27/2007 
Length: 2 Minutes 34 Secs. 
9. Variations for guitar on Alyabyev's song "The Nightingale" by Mikhail Timofeevich Vysot
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Talisman
Date of Recording: 03/27/2007 
Length: 2 Minutes 56 Secs. 
10. Krasnïy Sarafan (The Red Sarafan), for voice & piano by Alexander E. Varlamov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Talisman
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 03/27/2007 
Length: 3 Minutes 15 Secs. 
11. The Nightingale by Alexander Alyabyev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Talisman
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 03/27/2007 
Length: 4 Minutes 7 Secs. 
12. I Love the Pear from the Orchard, for guitar by Mikhail Timofeevich Vysot
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Talisman
Date of Recording: 03/27/2007 
Length: 3 Minutes 3 Secs. 
13. Don't You Wake Her at Dawn, for voice & piano by Alexander E. Varlamov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Talisman
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 03/27/2007 
Length: 3 Minutes 18 Secs. 
14. Barynya (The Landlady) by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Talisman
Date of Recording: 03/27/2007 
Length: 3 Minutes 6 Secs. 
15. Remember, My Beloved, folk song by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Talisman
Date of Recording: 03/27/2007 
Length: 4 Minutes 8 Secs. 
16. How Did I Upset You?, folk song setting for 2 guitars (after Semion Aksionov) by Oleg Timofeyev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Talisman
Date of Recording: 03/27/2007 
Length: 4 Minutes 6 Secs. 
17. Gypsy Song ("Old husband, fearsome husband..."), for voice & piano by Alexey Nikolayevich Verst
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Talisman
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827 
Date of Recording: 03/27/2007 
Length: 1 Minutes 40 Secs. 
18. Oh, It Hurts / I Walked over the Flowers / Don't Walk by My Orchard, medley for ensemble by Oleg Timofeyev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Talisman
Date of Recording: 03/27/2007 
Length: 5 Minutes 53 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Along the River
Shall I Come Forth to the River
A Dove Flew to the Valley
You, Maidens and Beauties
The Gypsies were Traveling
We Live in the Fields
The Flowers have Faded
The Red Sarafan (waltz arrangement)
Variations on Aliabiev's The Nightingale
Krasny sarafan (The Red Sarafan)
The Nightingale
I Love the Pear from the Orchard
Don't Wake Her at Dawn
The Landlady
Remember, My Beloved
How Did I Upset You?
Stern Husband
Oh, It Hurts - I Walked over the Flowers - Don't Walk by my Orchard

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