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Music And Revolution - Russian Classical Music 1890-1917


Release Date: 05/25/1999 
Label:  Sony Classical Npr Milestones Catalog #: 61699   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Modest MussorgskyAlexander BorodinCésar CuiMily Balakirev,   ... 
Performer:  Jennie TourelAllen RogersArcadi VolodosPhilippe Entremont,   ... 
Conductor:  George SzellSir Andrew DavisEugene OrmandyMstislav Rostropovich,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland OrchestraToronto Symphony OrchestraToronto Mendelssohn Choir,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 19 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

At the conclusion of the century, there is a desire to capture historic moments for posterity. National Public Radio's "Milestones of the Millennium" series continues with RUSSIAN MUSIC & REVOLUTION 1890-1917, but the music chosen has little to do with the revolution or the political climate of the time. Instead, from the pastoral beauty of Mussorgsky's "Dawn on the Moskva River" and the optimistic voices of Borodin's "Polovtsian Dance no 2," these Russian compositions celebrate their nation's rich traditions and colorful past.
A musical revolution soon followed on Russian soil. Composers found great joy in producing vigorous, technical pieces that clashed with traditional styles. Glazunov, Rachmaninoff and Prokofiev created jarring
Read more works of great, dramatically different, beauty. Building upon the dramatic tradition of Tchaikovsky and his peers, this new generation added a 20th-century, industrial age sensibility. While not necessarily political in nature, the compositions reflected the world in which they were created.
Culled from the Sony music libraries, the performances found in this collection are uniformly excellent. Digital remastering gives the album a coherent tone and balance. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Khovanshchina: Act 1 Prelude "Dawn on the Moscow River" by Modest Mussorgsky
Conductor:  George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872-1880; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1958 
Venue:  Cleveland, Ohio 
Length: 4 Minutes 55 Secs. 
2.
Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dance no 2 by Alexander Borodin
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Symphony Orchestra,  Toronto Mendelssohn Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869-1887; Russia 
Date of Recording: 11/25/1976 
Venue:  Massey Hall, Toronto, Canada 
Length: 3 Minutes 36 Secs. 
3.
Poems (25) by Pushkin, Op. 57: no 17, La statue de Tsarskoïe Selo by César Cui
Performer:  Jennie Tourel (Mezzo Soprano), Allen Rogers (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; Russia 
Date of Recording: 01/21/1965 
Venue:  Columbia 30th Street Studios, NYC 
Length: 1 Minutes 19 Secs. 
4.
Songs (10), 1904: no 9, Under the mysterious mask by Mily Balakirev
Performer:  Allen Rogers (Piano), Jennie Tourel (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903-1904; Russia 
Date of Recording: 01/21/1965 
Venue:  Columbia 30th Street Studios, NYC 
Length: 1 Minutes 44 Secs. 
5.
Tale of Tsar Saltan: Suite, Op. 57 - Flight of the bumblebee by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Arcadi Volodos (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903; Russia 
Date of Recording: 05/1996 
Venue:  Snape Maltings Hall, Suffolk, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: György Cziffra and Arcadi Volodos 
6.
Golden Cockerel: Suite - Bridal procession by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1907; Russia 
Date of Recording: 03/01/1959 
Venue:  Broadwood Hotel, Philadelphia, PA 
Length: 6 Minutes 2 Secs. 
7.
Mlada: Suite - Procession of the nobles by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903; Russia 
Date of Recording: 12/15/1966 
Venue:  Town Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 
Length: 4 Minutes 45 Secs. 
8.
Caucasian Sketches Suite no 1, Op. 10: Procession of Sardar by Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; Russia 
Date of Recording: 12/07/1966 
Venue:  Philadelphia Hotel, Pennsylvania 
Length: 3 Minutes 40 Secs. 
9.
The enchanted lake, Op. 62 by Anatole Liadov
Conductor:  George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1909; Russia 
Date of Recording: 10/30/1963 
Venue:  Severance Hall, Cleveland, Ohio 
Length: 6 Minutes 3 Secs. 
10.
Morceaux de fantaisies (5), Op. 3: no 2, Prélude in C sharp minor by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Philippe Entremont (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Russia 
Date of Recording: 02/23/1960 
Venue:  Paris, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 44 Secs. 
11.
Symphony no 6 in B minor, Op. 74 "Pathétique": 4th movement, Finale - Adagio lamentoso by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Mstislav Rostropovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Symphony, Washington, D. C.
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Russia 
Date of Recording: 02/1990 
Venue:  Great Hall, Conservatory, Moscow, Russia 
Length: 9 Minutes 15 Secs. 
12.
Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66: no 7, Act 1 - Valse by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888-1889; Russia 
Date of Recording: 02/12/1961 
Venue:  Town Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 
Length: 4 Minutes 1 Secs. 
13.
Queen of Spades, Op. 68: Midnight is nearing (Lisa's Aria) by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Stefka Evstatieva (Soprano)
Conductor:  Emil Tchakarov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sofia Festival Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1988 
Venue:  National Palace of Culture, Bulgaria 
Length: 5 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
14.
Fireworks, Op. 4 by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Igor Stravinsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908; Russia 
Date of Recording: 12/17/1963 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
Length: 3 Minutes 42 Secs. 
15.
Sonata for Piano no 1 in F minor, Op. 1 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Yefim Bronfman (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907/1909; Russia 
Date of Recording: 09/1991 
Venue:  BMG Studio A, New York City 
Length: 7 Minutes 1 Secs. 
16.
Symphony no 1 in D major, Op. 25 "Classical": 3rd movement, Gavotte by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916-1917; Russia 
Date of Recording: 03/19/1968 
Venue:  Avery Fisher Hall, New York City 
Length: 1 Minutes 34 Secs. 
17.
Symphony no 1 in D major, Op. 25 "Classical": 4th movement, Molto vivace by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916-1917; Russia 
Date of Recording: 03/19/1968 
Venue:  Avery Fisher Hall, New York City 
Length: 4 Minutes 0 Secs. 
18.
The Seasons, Op. 67: no 13, Coda de l'Été [Autumn] by Alexander Glazunov
Conductor:  Andre Kostelanetz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Andre Kostelanetz Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; Russia 
Date of Recording: 08/13/1971 
Venue:  Columbia 30th Street Studios, NYC 
Length: 5 Minutes 10 Secs. 

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