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Glinka: Chamber Music / Bolshoi Theatre Soloists

Glinka / Soloists Of The Bolshoi Theatre
Release Date: 05/28/2013 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 94641   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Mikhail Glinka
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bolshoi Theatre Soloists Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The first Russian composer to gain real national recognition within his own country, and often regarded as 'the father of Russian music', Mikhail Glinka is best known for his rousing operas A Life for the Tsar and Ruslan and Ludmila. Growing up amid a family of landed gentry, however -- a setting in which domestic music-making was a much-respected occupation -- much of his early work was of a very different nature, namely chamber music intended for performance in more modest settings. It is this lesser-known and equally compelling part of the composer's output that is explored here.

Nevertheless, the pieces in this collection span a considerable stretch of Glinka's life. They range from the Variations on a Theme by Mozart,
Read more written when the composer was just eighteen and already demonstrating the skill with which he would repeatedly and creatively re-work the musical motifs of others' works; via the Viola Sonata, an unfinished and yet unintentionally rich contribution to the scant repertory of a beautiful instrument, later completed by violist Vadim Borisovsky; to the Serenade on Themes from Donizetti's Anna Bolena, an intriguing and unusual arrangement for a selection of deep-timbred instruments that nonetheless succeeds in bringing out the individual melodic voice of each one.

This varied selection is performed by an accomplished and acclaimed ensemble, the Bolshoi Theatre Soloists, each of whom leads their specific section of the Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra. They are conducted by Alexander Lazarev, who has been their principal conductor for 25 years. The Bolshoi Theatre Soloists have toured throughout Europe and the USA.

Other information:
- Recording made in 1993 at the Moscow Conservatory.
- An attractive programme of rarely recorded chamber music by Michael Glinka, the "Father of Russian music".
In the first half of the 19th century Glinka gave a distinctive national character and flavour to Russian music, mainly in his vocal and operatic works. These chamber music works however smell of chic 19th century salons, written in brilliant "divertimento"-style, for a variety of instruments: violin, harp, bassoon, piano, cello, double bass: high class entertainment.
- Beautifully performed by Russian instrumental soloists from the elite Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra.
- Booklet contains extensive liner notes and artist biographies. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Sonata for Viola and Piano in D minor by Mikhail Glinka
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bolshoi Theatre Soloists Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825-1828; Russia 
2. Serenata in E flat major on themes from Donizetti's "Anna Bolena" by Mikhail Glinka
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bolshoi Theatre Soloists Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832; Russia 
3. Nocturne for Piano in E flat major by Mikhail Glinka
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bolshoi Theatre Soloists Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828 
4. Divertimento brillante on themes from Bellini's "La Sonnambula" by Mikhail Glinka
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bolshoi Theatre Soloists Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832; Russia 
5. Variations (3) on a theme from Mozart's "Die Zauberflöte" in E flat major by Mikhail Glinka
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bolshoi Theatre Soloists Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856; Russia 

Sound Samples

Divertimento brillante on themes from Bellini's La sonnambula in A major: Divertimento brillante on themes from Bellini's La sonnambula in A Major
Variations on a theme of Mozart (original version)
Nocturne in E-Flat Major (version for harp solo)
Viola Sonata in D Minor: I. Allegro moderato
Viola Sonata in D Minor: II. Larghetto ma non troppo (Andante)
Serenata on themes from Anna Bolena in E-Flat Major

Customer Reviews

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 Glina is worthy considerable attention! April 23, 2014 By Stephen Schoeman (Westfield, NJ) See All My Reviews "Mikhail Glinka may not be on everyone's lips. He does not have the fame of Mozart or Beethoven or Haydn but he wrote very admirable music. Fame is not the standard of greatness anyway. This CD has such beautiful music. At times you would think you are listening to Chopin! A CD well worth purchasing! Dr. Stephen Schoeman" Report Abuse
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