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The Russian Archives - Rudolf Barshai Conducts Russian Music

Shostakovich / Weinberg / Tchaikovsky / Barshai
Release Date: 06/26/2012 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 9286   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Sergei ProkofievMikhail MeyerovichKaren KhachaturianAlexander Lokshin,   ... 
Performer:  Galina VishnevskayaMark Reshetin
Conductor:  Rudolf Barshai
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in:   
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Rudolf Barshai's influence as a conductor of Russian music is hard to overstate. Combining an inexhaustible work ethic with a commitment to perfecting every detail of a performance, he broke new ground with his studied interpretations. His recordings -- particularly of Russian music -- were some of the 20th century's most successful, met with both critical acclaim and widespread popularity; this collection celebrates his achievements, bringing together the best of Russian music from the 19th and 20th centuries.

At the heart of the collection are Barshai's own arrangements of music by Shostakovich and Prokofiev -- his orchestrations of Shostakovich's 10th String Quartet (heard here as the Chamber Symphony Op.118a) and Prokofiev's
Read more Visions fugitives, originally for piano, display a deep and intuitive understanding of orchestral balance and colour. Also included are Shostakovich's inventive Symphony No.14 and movements from his intricate Op.87 cycle of Preludes and Fugues, as well as Weinberg's Second Sinfonietta, written specifically for Barshai, and Lokshin's mysterious Symphony No.7.

Barshai is heard here conducting the orchestra that he established -- the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, which Shostakovich described as 'the greatest chamber orchestra in the world'. Also featuring performances by Galina Vishnevskaya and Mark Reshetin, this 3-disc collection presents first-class recordings and performances in a set of impressive value.

New Russian Archives:
This second wave of 3-CD sets drawn from the rich catalogue of the Russian Archives presents legendary Russian musicians in works of their compatriots. Russians will always tell you that only they can understand the Russian Soul in Russian music, so who are we to contradict them? Listen to the glowing and noble Tchaikovsky of Mravinsky, the enervating and passionate Rachmaninoff of Svetlanov, the deep insight into Shostakovich's world of Barshai (world premiere of the 14-th symphony), the famous Piano Sound of the Russian Piano School in Emil Gilels' hands: unique testimonies of a unique era in Western music history! As proof against the bias that Russians can only play Russian music Yevgeny Kissin shows himself a true master in Chopin and Liszt.

Other information:
- Recordings made in 1959--1974.
- Features Barshai's celebrated arrangements of Shostakovich's String Quartet No.10 (Chamber Symphony Op.118a) and Prokofiev's Visions fugitives Op.22.
- Includes booklet notes about the music and a biography of Barshai.
- Part of Brilliant Classics' Historical Russian Archives series. Previous releases include the Barshai Edition (9010), Rozhdestvensky Edition (9019) and Gauk Edition (9146). Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Visions fugitives (20) for Piano, Op. 22: no 9, Allegretto tranquillo by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Rudolf Barshai
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915-1917; Russia 
2.
Visions fugitives (20) for Piano, Op. 22: no 8, Commodo by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Rudolf Barshai
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915-1917; Russia 
3.
Visions fugitives (20) for Piano, Op. 22: no 6, Con eleganza by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Rudolf Barshai
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915-1917; Russia 
4.
Visions fugitives (20) for Piano, Op. 22: no 5, Molto giocoso by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Rudolf Barshai
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915-1917; Russia 
5.
Visions fugitives (20) for Piano, Op. 22: no 4, Animato by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Rudolf Barshai
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915-1917; Russia 
6.
Visions fugitives (20) for Piano, Op. 22: no 3, Allegretto by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Rudolf Barshai
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915-1917; Russia 
7.
Visions fugitives (20) for Piano, Op. 22: no 2, Andante by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Rudolf Barshai
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915-1917; Russia 
8.
Visions fugitives (20) for Piano, Op. 22: no 16, Dolente by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Rudolf Barshai
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915-1917; Russia 
9.
Visions fugitives (20) for Piano, Op. 22: no 15, Inquieto by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Rudolf Barshai
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915-1917; Russia 
10.
Visions fugitives (20) for Piano, Op. 22: no 14, Feroce by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Rudolf Barshai
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915-1917; Russia 
11.
Visions fugitives (20) for Piano, Op. 22: no 13, Allegretto by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Rudolf Barshai
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915-1917; Russia 
12.
Visions fugitives (20) for Piano, Op. 22: no 12, Assai moderato by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Rudolf Barshai
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915-1917; Russia 
13.
Visions fugitives (20) for Piano, Op. 22: no 11, Con vivacità by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Rudolf Barshai
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915-1917; Russia 
14.
Visions fugitives (20) for Piano, Op. 22: no 10, Ridicolosamente by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Rudolf Barshai
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915-1917; Russia 
15.
Visions fugitives (20) for Piano, Op. 22: no 1, Lentamente by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Rudolf Barshai
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915-1917; Russia 
16.
Music for Children, Op. 65: no 3, Little Fairy Tale by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Rudolf Barshai
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; Paris, France 
17.
Serenade for Chamber Orchestra by Mikhail Meyerovich
Conductor:  Rudolf Barshai
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
18.
Sonata for Cello and Piano: Aria-Andante by Karen Khachaturian
Conductor:  Rudolf Barshai
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Chamber Orchestra
19.
Symphony no 7 by Alexander Lokshin
Conductor:  Rudolf Barshai
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1972; USSR 
20.
Chamber Symphony in A flat major, Op. 118a by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Rudolf Barshai
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1964; USSR 
21.
Preludes and Fugues (24) for Piano, Op. 87: no 20 in C minor by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Rudolf Barshai
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950-1951; USSR 
22.
Preludes and Fugues (24) for Piano, Op. 87: no 8 in F sharp minor - Prelude by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Rudolf Barshai
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950-1951; USSR 
23.
Concerto for Strings, Op. 16 by Jaan Rääts
Conductor:  Rudolf Barshai
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Chamber Orchestra
24.
Chamber Symphony by Boris Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Rudolf Barshai
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1967; USSR 
25.
Symphony no 14 in G minor, Op. 135 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Galina Vishnevskaya (Soprano), Mark Reshetin (Bass)
Conductor:  Rudolf Barshai
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1969; USSR 
26.
Sinfonietta no 2, Op. 74 by Mieczyslaw Weinberg
Conductor:  Rudolf Barshai
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960; USSR 

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