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Glinka: Kamarinskaya, Orchestral Dances

Glinka / Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra
Release Date: 07/30/2013 
Label:  Musical Concepts   Catalog #: 1242   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Mikhail Glinka
Performer:  Irina LebedevaAnatoly LyubimovKonstantin Luzhanov
Conductor:  Mark ErmlerBoris DemchenkoIlmar LapinschVladimir Fedoseyev,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Look at this collection: almost eighty minutes of Russian-sourced dance music by Glinka and all in vivacious, colourful and spatially well-upholstered recordings.

The two great operas are represented: Ivan Susanin (aka A Life for the Tsar) and Ruslan and Ludmila. The Tchaikovsky ballet recordings conducted by Mark Ermler (1932-2002) are already well known. Here we are treated to the pointedly delicate, airily danceable and charming music from Ruslan. Ermler is a natural as we hear in those squeezed squeaky notes and fermata in and around 7:32 in the dance sequence at Naina's Castle. The Eastern Dances pick up on the oriental element in Slav music. Then comes the Paganini-style slyness, bel canto and chuckle of the Dance for
Read more violin and orchestra. Also unusual is the Dance for oboe and cello with orchestra. Demchenko is a gracious conductor creating space for these Bellinian confections drizzled over with a Russian accent. He is again the conductor for the Andante Cantabile and Rondo. Again if you like those romantic era concertante pieces by Bellini and Weber you will lap these up. They show where Rimsky drew his grateful inspiration for his works for woodwind and wind orchestra.

So far these recordings have come from 1992-94. The last from this era is the Ilmar Lapins-conducted Majestic Polonaise complete with its satisfyingly squally and brazen brass.

From track seven to the end the recordings are from 1982-84. Leningrad-born Fedoseyev (b. 1932) has as good a feeling for the dance as Ermler. His Susanin Valse, Krakowiak and Mazurka are spirited and eager and are not lacking spit, starch and polish.

The oldest item here is from 1982. Konstantin Ivanov (1907-1984) recorded Miaskovsky's Fifth Symphony which for me remains the first recommendation despite its now raw sound. He recorded extensively and his Glazunov is well worth tracking down for reissue - his The Seasons is grand and sensitive - even better than Svetlanov. This Kamarinskaya, written in Warsaw in 1848, is influenced somewhat by Berlioz whom he had met in 1844. This version was recorded two years before Ivanov's death and is full of life although the sound quality is the least vivacious of the lot.

– Rob Barnett, MusicWeb International, reviewing the same recordings when issued on Regis 1242 Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Russlan and Ludmilla: Dances in Naina's Castle by Mikhail Glinka
Conductor:  Mark Ermler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1842; Russia 
2. Russlan and Ludmilla: Act 4 - Oriental Dances by Mikhail Glinka
Conductor:  Mark Ermler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1842; Russia 
3. Dance for Violin and Orchestra by Mikhail Glinka
Performer:  Irina Lebedeva (Violin)
Conductor:  Boris Demchenko
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra
4. Dance for Oboe and Cello with Orchestra by Mikhail Glinka
Performer:  Anatoly Lyubimov (Oboe), Konstantin Luzhanov (Cello)
Conductor:  Boris Demchenko
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra
5. Andante cantabile and Rondo in D minor by Mikhail Glinka
Conductor:  Boris Demchenko
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Russia 
6. Majestic Polonaise by Mikhail Glinka
Conductor:  Ilmar Lapinsch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra
7. A Life for the Tsar: Waltz by Mikhail Glinka
Conductor:  Vladimir Fedoseyev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1834-1836; Russia 
8. A Life for the Tsar: Krakowiak by Mikhail Glinka
Conductor:  Vladimir Fedoseyev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1834-1836; Russia 
9. A Life for the Tsar: Mazurka by Mikhail Glinka
Conductor:  Vladimir Fedoseyev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1834-1836; Russia 
10. Kamarinskaya by Mikhail Glinka
Conductor:  Konstantin Ivanov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1848; Russia 

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