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Wartime Music, Vol. 13: Reinhold Gliere

Gliere / St Petersburg State Academic So / Titov
Release Date: 08/09/2011 
Label:  Northern Flowers   Catalog #: 9989   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Reinhold Gliere
Performer:  Dmitry KhrychovOlga Trifonova
Conductor:  Alexander Titov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 0 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Reinhold Glière (1875–1956) has a reputation as a 19th-century musical holdout in the 20th century, but he came by it honestly. Tanayev taught him counterpoint, Ippolitov-Ivanov, composition, and the acidulous Arensky, harmony. Glière wasn’t merely a Russian Nationalist; after a period of cautious experimentation in his 20s as an expansive Russian Nationalist, he became a conservative Russian Nationalist. He never saw any reason to change his stylistic orientation after that, and in Tsar Stalin’s Soviet Union, there was never any reason to do so.

Issuing these two works as part of Northern Flowers’s “Wartime Music” series because they were composed during World War II seems incongruous, as a result. The
Read more two events, the war and Glière’s existence, coincided. No doubt the composer experienced the vicissitudes of World War II in the day-to-day management of his life, but if a war intruded on any of his works, it was the Golden Horde of Batu Khan that the legendary Ilya Murometz fought. None of these observations about his wartime status intrude on the quality of his music, of course. At his best, Glière created works that demonstrate a strong fusion of form and expressive content, where there is never any question whether a bridge could be improved upon, or a theme treated differently and to better effect. These two pieces are prime Glière, and make a fine case for the composer’s art."

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Works on This Recording

Concerto for Cello, Op. 87 by Reinhold Gliere
Performer:  Dmitry Khrychov (Cello)
Conductor:  Alexander Titov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; USSR 
Venue:  St. Catherine Lutheran Church, St. Peter 
Length: 44 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Concerto for Coloratura Soprano and Orchestra, Op. 82 by Reinhold Gliere
Performer:  Olga Trifonova ()
Conductor:  Alexander Titov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1943; USSR 
Venue:  St. Catherine Lutheran Church, St. Peter 
Length: 15 Minutes 24 Secs. 

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