This rare collection of Russian Concert Favourites is one of the few CDs to be released marking the excellence of the fine Ukranian-born conductor Anatole Fistoulari. If anyone was born to conduct, it was Fistoulari - his father was a famous conductor and Anatole conducted his first concert at the age of seven (!) in a programme which included Tchaikovsky's 'Pathetique' Symphony! As an adult, he became world-famous through many recordings and concert appearances, yet it was in Russian repertoire that he excelled. He also married Mahler's daughter-in-law, Anna. This unique collection has very famous pieces alongside quite rarely heard items, yet each one is shot through with an understanding and quality of performance that betoken a masterRead more conductor, from the thrilling account Rimsky-Korsakov's 'Procession of the Nobles' with which the programme opens, to the power and drama of Glazunov's symphonic poem 'Stenka Razin', with which it ends. The two great British orchestras are the Royal Philharmonic and the Philharmonia. A most important and valuable collection of popular Russian orchestral music. Read less
Works on This Recording
Mlada: Procession of the Noblesby Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov Conductor:
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1872 Date of Recording: 11/10/1958 Venue: Abbey Road Studios, London Length: 5 Minutes 7 Secs.
Waltz-fantasia for Orchestra in B minorby Mikhail Glinka Conductor:
Period: Romantic Written: 1839-1856; Russia Date of Recording: 11/10/1958 Venue: Abbey Road Studios, London Length: 8 Minutes 0 Secs.
Lieutenant Kijé, suite: Kijé's Weddingby Sergei Prokofiev Conductor:
Period: Modern Written: 1933-1934; Soviet Union Venue: Kingsway Hall, London Length: 2 Minutes 50 Secs.
Lieutenant Kijé Suite, Op. 60: Troikaby Sergei Prokofiev Conductor:
Period: 20th Century Written: 1934; Paris, France Venue: Kingsway Hall, London Length: 2 Minutes 41 Secs.
Lieutenant Kijé, suite: Burial of Kijéby Sergei Prokofiev Conductor:
Period: Modern Written: 1933-1934; Soviet Union Venue: Kingsway Hall, London Length: 6 Minutes 4 Secs.
Stenka Razin, Op. 13by Alexander Glazunov Conductor:
Period: Romantic Written: 1885; Russia Venue: Kingsway Hall, London Length: 16 Minutes 14 Secs.
Suite No. 1 in D: Marche Miniatureby Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky Conductor:
Period: Romantic Written: 1878 Date of Recording: 11/10/1958 Venue: Abbey Road Studios, London Length: 2 Minutes 13 Secs.
Swan Lake, Op. 20: no 2, Act 1 - Valseby Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky Conductor:
Period: Romantic Written: 1875-1876; Russia Venue: Kingsway Hall, London Length: 7 Minutes 9 Secs.
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russian nineteenth music as it should be playedApril 25, 2013By benjamin cutler (somerville, NJ)See All My Reviews"this is a humblingly fabulous disk. I will restrict my comments to 2 selections. That warhorse, Rimsky's Procession of the Nobles from his opera, Mlada, has always sounded effective but hardnosed. Under Fistoulari's direction it still sounds hardnosed but he adjusts the balances so that more music detail comes through and you hear wonders that you never knew existed. Virtually no other conductor finds this much pure music in this Procession! The Borodin Notturno from his String Quartet Number 2 is an even more welcome surprise. Fistoulari uses Nikolai Tcherepnin's arrangement for full orchestra and, in it, a piece that sounds drably oriental now opens up and blossoms gorgeously. Purists will say, this is not the music that was in Borodin's ear when he wrote the quartet. And that is true. It is also true that the string quartet version is superior to the unimaginative string orchestra version. So, if Borodin-Tcherepnin is essentially, a new piece, so be it. It works! Listen, and be converted! Similarly he gets more clarity and lass sleepiness out of the Glazounov Waltz than anyone else. All of the preceding remarks apply to the entire disk. Those collectors who know Fistoulari's artistic gifts will not be surprised by my remarks. He started his career by conducting Tchaikovsky's Pathetique Symphony at age 7. Only the incomparable blind Yuri Fayer got more music out of the Russian Ballet reperatoire than Fistoulari does."Report Abuse