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The Enchanted Kingdom / Pletnev, Russian National Orchestra


Release Date: 05/14/1996 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 447084   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Anatole LiadovNikolai Rimsky-KorsakovNikolai N. Tcherepnin
Conductor:  Mikhail Pletnev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian National Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

A collection of exotica in the fantastic Russian fairy-tale tradition. Tcherepnin is a Fabergé in sound. Liadov also deploys sizeable forces with exquisite delicacy.

Performance: ***** / Sound: *****
This collection of exotica written in the fantastic Russian fairy-tale tradition benefits from the superior tone and ensemble of an orchestra founded as recently as 1990. With silky strings and characteristically Russian wind, its virtuoso approach and the detail of Pletnev’s interpretations show the music’s hyper-refinement and fastidious use of colour to advantage. The great rarities here are the pieces by the composer and conductor Nicolai Tcherepnin (1873-1945), a pupil of Rimsky-Korsakov. His languid La
Read more princesse lointaine derives from a verse play by Edmond Rostand about a knight dreaming of an oriental princess, while Le royaume enchanté depicts the magical kingdom of Kashchey – stamping ground also of Stravinsky’s contemporaneous Firebird. With Tchaikovskian clarity, and heady harmonies akin to Scriabin, the minuteness of Tcherepnin’s writing marks him as a Fabergé in sound, though the three orchestral miniatures by Anatol Liadov (another Rimsky pupil) are scarcely less remarkable in deploying sizeable forces with exquisite delicacy. Amidst all these epicurean sweetmeats, the suite drawn from Rimsky-Korsakov’s satirical final opera seems plainer fare than usual, though its glittery brilliance registers keenly in the recording’s wide range of colour and dynamics.

-- BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Baba-Yaga, Op. 56 by Anatole Liadov
Conductor:  Mikhail Pletnev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1891-?1904; Russia 
Date of Recording: 04/1994 
Venue:  Great Hall, Moscow Conservatory, Russia 
Length: 3 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Russia (?1891 - ?1904). 
2.
The enchanted lake, Op. 62 by Anatole Liadov
Conductor:  Mikhail Pletnev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1909; Russia 
Date of Recording: 04/1994 
Venue:  Great Hall, Moscow Conservatory, Russia 
Length: 7 Minutes 4 Secs. 
3.
Kikimora, Op. 63 by Anatole Liadov
Conductor:  Mikhail Pletnev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909; Russia 
Date of Recording: 04/1994 
Venue:  Great Hall, Moscow Conservatory, Russia 
Length: 7 Minutes 11 Secs. 
4.
Golden Cockerel: Suite by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor:  Mikhail Pletnev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1907; Russia 
Date of Recording: 04/1994 
Venue:  Great Hall, Moscow Conservatory, Russia 
Length: 26 Minutes 44 Secs. 
5.
Prélude pour la princesse lointaine, Op. 4 by Nikolai N. Tcherepnin
Conductor:  Mikhail Pletnev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1896; Russia 
Date of Recording: 04/1994 
Venue:  Great Hall, Moscow Conservatory, Russia 
Length: 9 Minutes 17 Secs. 
6.
Le royaume enchanté Op. 39 by Nikolai N. Tcherepnin
Conductor:  Mikhail Pletnev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 04/1994 
Venue:  Great Hall, Moscow Conservatory, Russia 
Length: 13 Minutes 34 Secs. 

Featured Sound Samples

Kikimora (Liadov)
Le royaume enchanté (Tcherepnin)
The Golden Cockerel: Suite: (Rimsky-Korsakov)
IV. Bridal Procession

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