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Romantic Russia / Georg Solti, London So, Et Al


Release Date: 07/01/1999 
Label:  London/Decca Legends Catalog #: 460977   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Alexander BorodinMikhail GlinkaModest MussorgskyPeter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony OrchestraOrchestre de la Société du Conservatoire ParisLondon Symphony Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 17 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Here's a welcome newcomer to CD. Solti's remarkable collection of Russian favorites really benefits from this excellent remastering--and the performances are as exciting as it gets. Solti takes Glinka's "Ruslan and Ludmila" Overture at an amazingly fast tempo, just a hair short of Mravinsky's magnificently insane performance, and the really astounding fact is that the London Symphony, often a pretty slovenly bunch, actually rises to the challenge and plays the pants off the piece! The same holds true for the remainder of the program; it's the kind of take-no-prisoners, gut-punching conducting that brought Solti to international attention, and which all too quickly seemed to degenerate into a sort of crude efficiency later in his Read more career. Equally entertaining, though for a different reason, is a 1956 performance (in excellent early stereo sound) of Tchaikovsky's "Little Russian" Symphony. Solti's interpretation is admirably unfussy, but the main attraction is the distinctive timbre (crisp winds, agile brass, watery horns) of the French orchestra--in many ways the "authentic" sound in both Russian and French music, and one that has vanished forever. Genuine fun.

-- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Prince Igor: Overture by Alexander Borodin
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869-1887; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1966 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 10 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Notes: Orchestrated: Alexander Glazunov 
2.
Russlan and Ludmilla: Overture by Mikhail Glinka
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1842; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1966 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 2 Secs. 
3.
Khovanshchina: Act 1 Prelude "Dawn on the Moscow River" by Modest Mussorgsky
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872-1880; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1966 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Notes: Orchestrated: Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1881-83) 
4.
Symphony no 2 in C minor, Op. 17 "Little Russian" by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 05/1956 
Venue:  Mutual House, Paris, France 
Length: 31 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Russia (1872).
Composition revised: Russia (1880). 
5.
Night on the Bare Mountain by Modest Mussorgsky
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1966 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 11 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Notes: Orchestrated: Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov 
6.
Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dances by Alexander Borodin
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 1966 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 13 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Russia (1869 - 1887). 

Sound Samples

Ruslan and Lyudmila / Act 1: Overture
Khovanshchina - Compl. & Orch. Rimsky-Korsakov: Prelude
A Night on the Bare Mountain - Arr. N. Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908)
Overture Prince Igor
Prince Igor / Act 2: Polovtsian Dances and Chorus
Symphony No.2 in C minor, Op.17 "Little Russian": 1. Andante sostenuto - Allegro vivo
Symphony No.2 in C minor, Op.17 "Little Russian": 2. Andantino marziale, quasi moderato
Symphony No.2 in C minor, Op.17 "Little Russian": 3. Scherzo. Allegro molto vivace - Trio. L'istesso tempo
Symphony No.2 in C minor, Op.17 "Little Russian": 4. Finale. Moderato assai - Allegro vivo - Presto

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