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Russian Romance / Breiner, Nishizaki, Queensland So


Release Date: 06/19/2001 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8555331   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Alexander E. VarlamovTraditionalNikita BogoslovskyLev Knipper,   ... 
Performer:  Takako Nishizaki
Conductor:  Peter Breiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Queensland Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Track 10 of this compilation (it has the rather saccharine title "Russian Romance") purports to be an arrangement for violin and orchestra of the Song of the Volga Boatmen. In a gesture of what seems like unbelievably cavalier plagiarism, Peter Breiner's version begins--unaltered and note for note--with a quite substantial chunk (the dark-toned "fate" clarinet theme) lifted from the slow preface to the main exposition section of the opening movement of Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5. What follows, a remarkably sensitive conjunction between the folk-song theme itself and the Tchaikovsky motif, almost makes such audacious thematic abuse seem justified, and this, like many a Peter Breiner transcription, is very effective Read more indeed. And if it seems initially hard to know why something as benignly titled as Lev Knipper's Meadowland opens in Breiner's version with stabbing fortissimo unison chords that could have come out of Kaschei's infernal dance in The Firebird, again question not the reasons why, just enjoy the music! The balalaika-band favorite Moscow Nights (aka Midnight in Moscow) starts with a curtain-raising orchestral flourish that could grace the opening credits of any 1950s Hollywood blockbuster, but the ingenuity and wealth of incident in these Breiner orchestrations is never less engaging than in the cultivated solo violin playing of Takako Nishizaki, wife of Naxos boss Klaus Heymann. Orchestral contributions from the Queensland Symphony under Breiner are more than acceptable, as is the well-balanced recording, made at ABC's Brisbane studios in 1994. Enjoy!

--Michael Jameson, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1. Snow flurries by Alexander E. Varlamov
Performer:  Takako Nishizaki (Violin)
Conductor:  Peter Breiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Queensland Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
2. Going down the Volga by Traditional
Performer:  Takako Nishizaki (Violin)
Conductor:  Peter Breiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Queensland Symphony Orchestra
Written: Russia 
3. Stenka Razin by Traditional
Performer:  Takako Nishizaki (Violin)
Conductor:  Peter Breiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Queensland Symphony Orchestra
Written: Russia 
4. Song of the Volga boatmen by Traditional
Performer:  Takako Nishizaki (Violin)
Conductor:  Peter Breiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Queensland Symphony Orchestra
Written: Russia 
5. Down the Peterskaya Road by Traditional
Performer:  Takako Nishizaki (Violin)
Conductor:  Peter Breiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Queensland Symphony Orchestra
Written: Russia 
6. Dark is the night by Nikita Bogoslovsky
Performer:  Takako Nishizaki (Violin)
Conductor:  Peter Breiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Queensland Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USSR 
Notes: Arranged: Agatov 
7. Oh, my field by Lev Knipper
Performer:  Takako Nishizaki (Violin)
Conductor:  Peter Breiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Queensland Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USSR 
8. Midnight in Moscow by Vasily Solov'yov-Sedoy
Performer:  Takako Nishizaki (Violin)
Conductor:  Peter Breiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Queensland Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USSR 
Notes: Arranged: Matusovsky 
9. The Red Sarafan by Alexander E. Varlamov
Performer:  Takako Nishizaki (Violin)
Conductor:  Peter Breiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Queensland Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
10. Little Snowball by Traditional
Performer:  Takako Nishizaki (Violin)
Conductor:  Peter Breiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Queensland Symphony Orchestra
Written: Russia 
11. The Light by Traditional
Performer:  Takako Nishizaki (Violin)
Conductor:  Peter Breiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Queensland Symphony Orchestra
Written: Russia 
12. Dark Eyes by Anonymous
Performer:  Takako Nishizaki (Violin)
Conductor:  Peter Breiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Queensland Symphony Orchestra
Written: Russia 

Sound Samples

Metelica (Snow Flurries): Snow Flurries (Metelica)
Dark is the Night (Tyomnaya Noch)
Moscow Nights (Podmoskowskye vechera)
Little Snowball (Kalinka)
Down the Volga River (Vniz po Volge reke)
Dark Eyes (Ochi chornya)
Krasny sarafan (The Red Sarafan): The Red Sarafan (Krasny sarafan)
Stenka Razin
Meadowland (Polyushko, pole)
Song of the Volga Boatmen (Ey, ukhnem)
The Light (Aganyok)
Along the Peterskaya Road (Vdolj po Peterskoy)

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