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Ippolitov-Ivanov: Armenian Rhapsody, Jubilee March, etc


Release Date: 07/26/1994 
Label:  Marco Polo   Catalog #: 223629   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov
Performer:  Viktor SimciskoMiroslav Dvorsky
Conductor:  Donald Johanos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bratislava Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 58 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Ippolitov-Ivanov studied with Rimsky-Korsakov and, especially during his time as conductor, teacher and musical organizer in Tbilisi, did much to champion Tchaikovsky (who cordially returned his friendship). These two composers provided the chief influences on his music, which never changed throughout his long musical career: he died in Moscow in 1935 at the age of 75. From Rimsky-Korsakov in particular he derived his interest in the 'oriental' vein which he had the chance to explore during his years in the Caucasus, as can be heard in the pleasant, fresh Armenian Rhapsody: this takes some agreeable folk material through quasi-symphonic motions. Yar-khmel, his Op. 1, is a well-fashioned overture, excellently scored and falling easily upon Read more the ear, even if it does rather go in one and out of the other: Ivanov was a fine craftsman and an able musician, but he did not really possess the gift of inventing memorable material or handling it with great originality. The most unusual piece here is his Episode from the Life of Schubert, which takes the second subject of the C major Quintet's first movement and develops this as introduction to a poem about Schubert following Beethoven's funeral cortege unaware that death is hovering over him, too.

The three Ossian tableaux of 1925 are oddly belated: the European fascination for that semimythical bard had died out well over a century previously. But then lvanov was completely uninterested in fashion. The performances are lively and well recorded.

-- Gramophone [10/1994]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Yar-khmel, Op. 1 "Spring Overture" by Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov
Conductor:  Donald Johanos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bratislava Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1882; Russia 
Date of Recording: 06/1993 
Venue:  Concert Hall, Slovak Radio, Bratislava 
Length: 9 Minutes 40 Secs. 
2.
Symphonic Scherzo, Op. 2 by Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov
Conductor:  Donald Johanos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bratislava Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 06/1993 
Venue:  Concert Hall, Slovak Radio, Bratislava 
Length: 7 Minutes 15 Secs. 
3.
Songs from Ossian, Op. 56 by Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov
Conductor:  Donald Johanos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bratislava Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1925; USSR 
Date of Recording: 06/1993 
Venue:  Concert Hall, Slovak Radio, Bratislava 
Length: 19 Minutes 34 Secs. 
4.
Jubilee March by Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov
Conductor:  Donald Johanos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bratislava Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 06/1993 
Venue:  Concert Hall, Slovak Radio, Bratislava 
Length: 5 Minutes 41 Secs. 
5.
Armenian Rhapsody, Op. 48 by Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov
Performer:  Viktor Simcisko (Violin)
Conductor:  Donald Johanos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bratislava Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1895; Russia 
Date of Recording: 06/1993 
Venue:  Concert Hall, Slovak Radio, Bratislava 
Length: 5 Minutes 18 Secs. 
6.
An episode from the life of Schubert, Op. 61 by Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov
Performer:  Miroslav Dvorsky (Tenor)
Conductor:  Donald Johanos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bratislava Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1920; USSR 
Date of Recording: 06/1993 
Venue:  Concert Hall, Slovak Radio, Bratislava 
Length: 10 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Language: Russian 

Featured Sound Samples

Three Musical Tableaux from Ossian: No 1: Lake Lyano
Jubilee March

Sound Samples

Yar-khmel', Spring Overture, Op. 1
Symphonic Scherzo, Op. 2
Iz pesen Ossiana (From the Songs of Ossian, 3 musical pictures), Op. 56: No. 1 Lake Lyano
Iz pesen Ossiana (From the Songs of Ossian, 3 musical pictures), Op. 56: No. 2 Kolyma's Lament
Iz pesen Ossiana (From the Songs of Ossian, 3 musical pictures), Op. 56: No. 3 Ossian's Monologue on Contemporary Heroes
Jubilee March
Armenian Rhapsody on National Themes, Op. 48
An Episode from the Life of Schubert, Op. 61

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