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Weekend Classics - A Russian Weekend


Release Date: 11/14/2006 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 000769302   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Aram KhachaturianSergei ProkofievPeter Ilyich TchaikovskyTraditional,   ... 
Performer:  Torgny Sporsen
Conductor:  Gennadi RozhdestvenskySeiji OzawaSerge JaroffNeeme Järvi,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leningrad Philharmonic OrchestraBoston Symphony OrchestraDon Cossack Choir,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
CD not available: This title is currently only available as an MP3 download.  

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Works on This Recording

1.
Gayaneh: Sabre Dance by Aram Khachaturian
Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942/1957; USSR 
2.
Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64: Act 1 - Dance of the Knights by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935-1936; Paris, France 
3.
Nutcracker, Op. 71: no 12d, Act 2 - Russian Dance "Trepak" by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Serge Jaroff
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Don Cossack Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891-1892; Russia 
Notes: Arranger: Serge Jaroff. 
4.
Song of the Volga boatmen by Traditional
Conductor:  Serge Jaroff
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Don Cossack Choir
Written: Russia 
Notes: Arranger: Serge Jaroff. 
5.
Scheherazade, Op. 35: 1st movement, The sea and Sinbad's ship by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Russia 
6.
Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dances by Alexander Borodin
Performer:  Torgny Sporsen (Bass)
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra,  Gothenburg Symphony Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Notes: Composition written: Russia (1869 - 1887). 
7.
Kalinka by Traditional
Conductor:  Serge Jaroff
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Don Cossack Choir
Written: Russia 
Notes: This selection is part of a medley which also includes "Broad Street, Green Grass" and "In the Garden Rasberry."
Arranger: Serge Jaroff. 
8.
The Bells, Op. 35: Silver Sleigh-Bells by Sergei Rachmaninov
Conductor:  Mikhail Pletnev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1913; Russia 
9.
Russlan and Ludmilla: Overture by Mikhail Glinka
Conductor:  Mikhail Pletnev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1842; Russia 
10.
Gayaneh: Dance of the Highlanders by Aram Khachaturian
Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942/1957; USSR 
11.
Circus Polka by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; USA 
12.
Pictures at an exhibition: no 16, The Great Gate of Kiev by Modest Mussorgsky
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Russia 
13.
From country to country by Sergei Taneyev
Conductor:  Vladimir Minin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Chamber Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: Moscow 
14.
Broad Street, Green Grass by Traditional
Conductor:  Serge Jaroff
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Don Cossack Choir
Written: Russia 
Notes: This selection is part of a medley which also includes "In the Garden Rasberry" and "Kalinka."
Arranger: Serge Jaroff. 
15.
In the Garden Rasberry by Traditional
Conductor:  Serge Jaroff
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Don Cossack Choir
Written: Russia 
Notes: This selection is part of a medley which also includes "Broad Street, Green Grass" and "Kalinka."
Arranger: Serge Jaroff. 

Featured Sound Samples

Gayaneh (Khachaturian): Sabre Dance
Romeo and Juliet (Prokofiev): Act I: Dance of the Knights
Song of the Volga Boatmen (Anonymous)
Russlan and Ludmilla (Glinka): Overture

Sound Samples

Gayaneh: Sabre Dance
Romeo And Juliet, Op.64 / Act 1: 13. Dance Of The Knights
Midnight In Moscow: Moskauer Nächte
The Nutcracker, Op.71 / Act 2: No. 12d Character Dances: Trépak (Russian Dance)
Ei, Ukhnyem (The Volga Boatmen)
Scheherazade, Op.35: The Sea And Sinbad's Ship (Largo e maestoso - Lento - Allegro non troppo - Tranquillo)
From Border to Border, Op.10 - for double chorus
Polovtsian Dances From "Prince Igor"
Kalinka & Grünes Gras
The Bells, Op.35 - Version from 1936 (for Henri Wood): 3. Presto
Ruslan And Lyudmila / Act 1: Overture
Gayaneh: Dance of the Highlanders
Circus Polka For A Young Elephant
Pictures At An Exhibition - Orchestrated By Maurice Ravel: The Great Gate Of Kiev

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  4 Customer Reviews )
 Good April 17, 2012 By KAREN W. (WINDSOR HEIGHTS, IA) See All My Reviews " ...but not great. I love the Russian composers, but I was not that fond of the choral works. " Report Abuse
 Take me Away April 3, 2012 By Gail Apfel (Yonkers, NY) See All My Reviews "I am so pleased A Russian Weekend. It is everything I expected, and more. If music can be soothing and exciting at the same time, this is it. So happy to listen to it while driving. Glad I bought it." Report Abuse
 A Russian Weekend in Review April 3, 2012 By Michael Nystrom (Aloha, OR) See All My Reviews "There are some exciting Russian pieces on this CD...many are very familiar, and some are not. I strongly laud the choices for the first and last works on the CD: Sabre Dance at the beginning, and The Great Gate of Kiev at the end. Thirteen selections are featured, and no two of them are by the same composer, so the CD offers a very good variety of styles and genres. Some works have vocal parts; some make great use of percussion instruments to provide volume and excitement; some are quieter and more peaceful. Variety! For those who love Russian music in a variety of forms, styles, moods...whatever your taste...this CD is for you!" Report Abuse
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