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Les Vendredis / Quatuor Alcan


Release Date: 08/22/2006 
Label:  Atma Classique   Catalog #: 22500   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Alexander BorodinAleksandr A. KopïlovMaximilian Osten-SackenNikolai Artciboucheff,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alcan String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 20 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Century's end russian salon music. Nineteenth-century Russia saw not only artistic revolutions, but also political, military, and economic ones. Pushkin's impetus in literature gave birth to, amongst others, Gogol, Dostoyevsky, and Tolstoy. The new bourgeois class, which came into being with liberalization after the era of Catherine the Great, had a taste for music. As in other countries, musical magazines began to appear. Mostly they published arrangements of popular melodies. Belaiev, a famous publisher, founded a series of concerts given in his home every second Friday. Naturally, the series became known right away as Fridays at Balaiev's. Many of Belaiev's friends participated in these evenings. Borodin sometimes played viola at these Read more concerts, for example, Liadov or Glazounov played violin and, of course, the master of the house performed too, all in an atmosphere close to that of the Parisian salons in which, some years earlier, Chopin and Liszt had played. Celebrating their 16th season in 2004-2005, the Alcan Quartet is considered among the most dynamic ensembles on the Canadian chamber music scene today. Holding a residency in Chicoutimi, Quebec, the quartet receives major support from the multinational aluminum company whose name it carries; Alcan. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Scherzo for String Quartet in D major by Alexander Borodin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alcan String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1882; Russia 
2. Polka for String Quartet in C major by Aleksandr A. Kopïlov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alcan String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; Russia 
3. Berceuse for String Quartet by Maximilian Osten-Sacken
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alcan String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; Russia 
4. Serenade for String Quartet in A major by Nikolai Artciboucheff
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alcan String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; Russia 
5. Scherzo for String Quartet in D minor by Nikolai Sokolow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alcan String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; Russia 
6. Sarabande for String Quartet in G minor by Felix Blumenfeld
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alcan String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; Russia 
7. Mazurka for String Quartet in D major by Anatole Liadov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alcan String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; Russia 
8. Prelude and Fugue for String Quartet in D minor by Alexander Glazunov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alcan String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; Russia 
9. Minuet for String Quartet by Jazeps Vitols
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alcan String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1899; Russia 
10. Mazurka for String Quartet in A minor by Nikolai Sokolow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alcan String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; Russia 
11. Polka for String Quartet by Nikolai Sokolow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alcan String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; Russia 
Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Alexander Glazunov and Anatole Liadov. 
12. Canon for String Quartet by Nikolai Sokolow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alcan String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; Russia 
13. Kuranta for String Quartet by Alexander Glazunov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alcan String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
14. Sarabande for Piano in G minor by Anatole Liadov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alcan String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1899; Russia 
15. Allegro for String Quartet in B flat major by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alcan String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; Russia 
16. Fuga for String Quartet by Anatole Liadov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alcan String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; Russia 

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