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Laugh With Classical Music

Vieuxtemps / Orbelian / Moscow Chamber Orchestra
Release Date: 03/26/2013 
Label:  Delos   Catalog #: 1627   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Henri VieuxtempsNikolai Rimsky-KorsakovWolseley CharlesDmitri Shostakovich,   ... 
Performer:  Dmitry KhakamovOleg SergeevJohn AlerGrant Gershon,   ... 
Conductor:  Constantine OrbelianConstantine Orbelian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Chamber OrchestraPhilharmonia of RussiaItalian Saxophone Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A short but very sweet and genial programme this; and guaranteed to bring a smile to a face jaded, perhaps, by too much solemn music.

Solemnity begins Vieuxtemps’ Yankee Doodle Dandy Variations before the entry of the famous theme and amusement follows. The piece gives Khakhamov every opportunity to show off flashy virtuosity. The same applies to flautist Oleg Sergeev through the presto tempi of the Bumblebee’s flight.

Shostakovich’s naughtiness delights through his Golden Age Polka; one can imagine how this little gem deflated bureaucratic pomposity. His Galop is full of genial busyness, the Dance III is bright and merry and the Humoresque-Waltz has a toy music-box charm.

The Galop from
Read more Khachaturian’s Masquerade Suite has a coy middle section surrounded by appealing scampering cheekiness. The Françaix Saxophone serenade is a saucy romp reminding one of Satie.

Margaret Ruthven Lang’s settings of Edward Lear’s limericks score highly with Lucy Mauro’s droll piano accompaniments to Donald George’s whimsical deliveries. We can laugh at: the old man in the tree stung by a beeeee bzzzz; at the old person of Cassel whose nose finished off in a tassel; at the old man of Dumbree who taught little owls to drink tea - but not mice!; at the old person of Jodd whose ways were perplexingly odd; and the old lady of France who taught little ducklings to dance; and finally the languorous sleepy young lady of Parma.

The funniest of all the songs is The Green-Eyed Dragon. Children are warned to beware of his ferocity -“… he has lived for years and years and he never grew any thinner and loves policemen pie or an MP for dinner. And he has paid no income tax!...”

A tonic.

-- Ian Lace, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Souvenir d'Amerique on "Yankee Doodle", Op. 17 by Henri Vieuxtemps
Performer:  Dmitry Khakamov (Violin)
Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
2.
Tale of Tsar Saltan: Suite, Op. 57 - Flight of the bumblebee by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Oleg Sergeev (Flute)
Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903; Russia 
Notes: Arranged by W. Mnatsakanov 
3.
The Green-Eyed Dragon by Wolseley Charles
Performer:  John Aler (Tenor), Grant Gershon (Piano)
4.
Ballet Suite no 1, Op. 84b: Galop by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949; USSR 
5.
Age of Gold Suite, Op. 22a: Polka by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930; USSR 
6.
More Nonsense Rhymes and Pictures, Op. 43: no 1, There was an old man in a tree by Margaret Ruthven Lang
Performer:  Donald George (Tenor), Lucy Mauro (Piano)
7.
More Nonsense Rhymes and Pictures, Op. 43: no 1, There was an old person of Cassel by Margaret Ruthven Lang
Performer:  Donald George (Tenor), Lucy Mauro (Piano)
8.
Ballet Suite no 3, Op. 91d: Dance by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; USSR 
9.
More Nonsense Rhymes and Pictures, Op. 43: no 1, There was an old man of Dumbree by Margaret Ruthven Lang
Performer:  Donald George (Tenor), Lucy Mauro (Piano)
10.
Ballet Suite no 1, Op. 84b: Humoresque Waltz by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949; USSR 
11.
More Nonsense Rhymes and Pictures, Op. 43: no 7, There was an old person of Jodd by Margaret Ruthven Lang
Performer:  Donald George (Tenor), Lucy Mauro (Piano)
12.
Masquerade: Galop by Aram Khachaturian
Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia of Russia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1941; USSR 
13.
Petit Quatuor for Saxophones, no 3, Serenade comique by Jean Françaix
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Saxophone Quartet
14.
More Nonsense Rhymes and Pictures, Op. 43: no 9, There was a young lady of Parma by Margaret Ruthven Lang
Performer:  Donald George (Tenor), Lucy Mauro (Piano)
15.
More Nonsense Rhymes and Pictures, Op. 43: There was an old lady of France by Margaret Ruthven Lang
Performer:  Donald George (Tenor), Lucy Mauro (Piano)

Sound Samples

Souvenir d'Amerique, on Yankee Doodle, Op. 17: Souvenir d'Amerique on Yankee Doodle, Op. 17
Tale of Tsar Saltan, Op. 57: Flight of the Bumble-bee (arr. W. Mnatsakanov)
The Green-Eyed Dragon
Ballet Suite No. 1 (arr. L. Atovmyan): Ballet Suite No. 1: VI. Galop (The Limpid Stream) (arr. L. Atovmyan)
The Golden Age Suite, Op. 22a: III. Polka
More Nonsense Rhymes and Pictures, Op. 43: There was an old man in a tree
More Nonsense Rhymes and Pictures, Op. 43: There was an old person of Cassel
Ballet Suite No. 3 (arr. L. Atovmyan): Ballet Suite No. 3: III. Dance (The Limpid Stream) (arr. L. Atovmyan)
More Nonsense Rhymes and Pictures, Op. 43: There was an old man of Dumbree
Ballet Suite No. 1 (arr. L. Atovmyan): Ballet Suite No. 1: V. Waltz - Joke (The Bolt) (arr. L. Atovmyan)
More Nonsense Rhymes and Pictures, Op. 43: The was an old person of Jodd
Masquerade Suite: V. Galop
Petit quatuor: III. Serenade comique
More Nonsense Rhymes and Pictures, Op. 43: There was an old lady of France
More Nonsense Rhymes and Pictures, Op. 43: The young lady of Parma

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