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Russian Season / Various
Release Date: 03/13/2012 
Label:  Praga   Catalog #: 350055   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Alexander BorodinSergei ProkofievSergei RachmaninovAlexander Glazunov,   ... 
Performer:  Irina KondratenkoMartin HrselPrague Piano DuoChristoph Ess,   ... 
Conductor:  Yevgeny Mravinsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech NonetPrazák Quartet (String Quartet)Kinsky Trio Prague
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 18 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

What would Christmas be without a performance of The Nutcracker, a helping of Russian music and a hint of sleigh bells and snow. This wonderful Praga Digitals release is a great way to musically discover their back catalogue recordings. This compilation presents a great opportunity to become more familiar with major Russian composers such as Borodin, Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov or Rachmaninov. Many of the most prominent Russian masterpieces have been selected from solo piano works to symphonies excepts for our biggest pleasure. What would Christmas be without a performance of The Nutcracker, a helping of Russian music and a hint of sleigh bells and snow. This wonderful Praga Digitals release is a great way to musically discover their back catalogue recordings. This compilation presents a great opportunity to become more familiar with major Russian composers such as Borodin, Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov or Rachmaninov. Many of the most prominent Russian masterpieces have been selected from solo piano works to symphonies excepts for our biggest pleasure. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Quartet for Strings no 2 in D major: 3rd movement, Andante "Nocturne" by Alexander Borodin
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Russia 
Date of Recording: 03/1999 
Venue:  Prague 
Length: 7 Minutes 14 Secs. 
2.
Classical Symphony, Op. 21: Gavotte by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Irina Kondratenko (Piano), Martin Hrsel (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1916-1917; Russia 
Date of Recording: 03/2005 
Venue:  Prague, Martinu Hall 
Length: 1 Minutes 43 Secs. 
3.
Suite No. 2, Op. 17, for piano duo: Valse by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Prague Piano Duo (Piano)
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1900-1901; Russia 
Date of Recording: 12/1998 
Venue:  Prague, Martinu Hall 
Length: 6 Minutes 11 Secs. 
4.
String Quartet No. 2 in F, Op. 92 'Kabardinian': Adagio by Sergei Prokofiev
Period: Modern 
Written: 1941 
Date of Recording: 06/2002 
Venue:  Prague 
Length: 6 Minutes 58 Secs. 
5.
Idyll for French Horn and String Quartet: Beginning by Alexander Glazunov
Performer:  Christoph Ess (French Horn)
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: ?1884 
Date of Recording: 08/2011 
Venue:  Prague 
Length: 3 Minutes 59 Secs. 
6.
Humoresque Scherzo for 4 Bassoons, Op. 12a by Sergei Prokofiev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Nonet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; USSR 
Date of Recording: 04/2004 
Venue:  Prague 
Length: 2 Minutes 52 Secs. 
7.
Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor, Op. 40: Excerpt(s) by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Jaromír Klepác (Piano), Michal Kanka (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934 
Date of Recording: 11/2009 
Venue:  Prague 
Length: 3 Minutes 8 Secs. 
8.
Trio for Strings, Op. 48: Moderato assai by Mieczyslaw Weinberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prazák Quartet (String Quartet)
Written: 1950 
Date of Recording: 09/2008 
Venue:  Prague 
Length: 4 Minutes 22 Secs. 
9.
Quartet for Strings no 8 in C minor, Op. 110: Largo by Dmitri Shostakovich
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960; USSR 
Date of Recording: 11/2009 
Venue:  Grenoble 
Length: 4 Minutes 46 Secs. 
10.
Trio for Piano and Strings in C minor: Allegro by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kinsky Trio Prague
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897 
Date of Recording: 09/2011 
Venue:  Prague 
Length: 5 Minutes 4 Secs. 
11.
Sonata for Piano no 1: 2nd movement, Allegretto by Alfred Schnittke
Performer:  Marketa Janackova (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1988; USSR 
Date of Recording: 12/2007 
Venue:  Prague, Martinu Hall 
Length: 5 Minutes 56 Secs. 
12.
Suite italienne for Cello and Piano: 4th movement, Tarantella by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Michal Kanka (Cello), Jaromír Klepác (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1932 
Date of Recording: 01/2003 
Venue:  Prague 
Length: 2 Minutes 15 Secs. 
13.
Quartet for Strings no 10 in A flat major, Op. 118: 1st movement, Andante by Dmitri Shostakovich
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1964; USSR 
Date of Recording: 05/2006 
Venue:  Live  Dijon 
Length: 4 Minutes 53 Secs. 
14.
Serenata alla spagnola by Alexander Borodin
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; Russia 
Date of Recording: 05/2011 
Venue:  Prague 
Length: 2 Minutes 10 Secs. 
15.
Quintet in G minor, Op. 39: Andante energico by Sergei Prokofiev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Nonet
Period: Modern 
Written: 1924; Russia 
Date of Recording: 12/2003 
Venue:  Prague 
Length: 3 Minutes 13 Secs. 
16.
Requiem: Credo by Alfred Schnittke
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 1974-1975 
Date of Recording: 02/2000 
Venue:  Prague 
Length: 3 Minutes 35 Secs. 
17.
Symphony no 4 in F minor, Op. 36: 3rd movement, Scherzo by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Yevgeny Mravinsky
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877-1878; Russia 
Date of Recording: 04/1959 
Venue:  Live  Moscow 
Length: 5 Minutes 47 Secs. 
18.
Quartet for Strings no 3 in E flat minor, Op. 30: 2nd movement, Allegretto vivo e scherzando by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876 
Date of Recording: 12/2003 
Venue:  Deventer, The Netherlands 
Length: 4 Minutes 13 Secs. 

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