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Russian Orchestral Showpieces / André Cluytens, Et Al


Release Date: 01/07/2003 
Label:  Emi Classics Encore Catalog #: 74763   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Modest MussorgskyAlexander BorodinNikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor:  André Cluytens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia OrchestraOrchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Wait! Not so fast. I know this looks like just another collection of Russian orchestral showpieces (of which there are countless available), but André Cluytens was a great conductor, and an especially fine conductor of Russian music. You'll know from those wild piccolo runs at the beginning of Mussorgsky's Night on Bare Mountain that this is not going to be your run-of-the-mill performance. Far from it! With stunning playing from the Philharmonia Orchestra, Cluytens reminds you why you fell under the spell of this music in the first place. And he doesn't stop there, but continues with captivating performances of Borodin and Rimsky-Korsakov, especially the Capriccio espagnol and the Polovtsian Dances (sans chorus).

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Read more Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire, which performs the bulk of this program, plays this Russian music with a remarkable range of color and a sort of timbral authenticity that was not uncommon among French orchestras circa 1960. If you think you've heard these pieces far too many times, this disc will prove a real curative.

--Victor Carr Jr, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1. Night on the Bare Mountain by Modest Mussorgsky
Conductor:  André Cluytens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866; Russia 
Date of Recording: 11/1958 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
2. In the steppes of central Asia by Alexander Borodin
Conductor:  André Cluytens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Russia 
Date of Recording: 11/1958 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
3. Capriccio espagnol, Op. 34 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor:  André Cluytens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Russia 
Date of Recording: 11/1958 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
4. Russian Easter Festival Overture, Op. 36 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor:  André Cluytens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Russia 
Date of Recording: 09/1959 
Venue:  Wagram Hall, Paris, France 
5. Tale of Tsar Saltan: Suite, Op. 57 - Flight of the bumblebee by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor:  André Cluytens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903; Russia 
Date of Recording: 09/1959 
Venue:  Wagram Hall, Paris, France 
6. Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dances by Alexander Borodin
Conductor:  André Cluytens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 09/1959 
Venue:  Wagram Hall, Paris, France 
Notes: Composition written: Russia (1869 - 1887). 

Sound Samples

A Night on the Bare Mountain (1987 Digital Remaster)
In the Steppes of Central Asia (1987 Digital Remaster)
Capriccio espagnol Op. 34 (1987 Digital Remaster)
La Grande Paque Russe, Ouverture Op.36 (Remasterisé En 1987)
Tsar Saltan : Le Vol Du Bourdon
Danses Polovtsiennes Du Prince Igor (Remasterisé En 1987)

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