Svetlanov conducts with great élan, driving the scherzo on, and drawing almost risky sweetness from the orchestra in the Andante. The Overture is beautifully orchestrated, with a lucidity which owes much to Glinka; it deserves to be better known.
Chesnokov excelled in this style, and in his many liturgical works found an ideal balance between tradition and expression. The Liturgy exemplifies his approach, using traditional chant melodies and bringing them to the fore, but adding rich layers of harmony.
Jurowski offers up performances that are near ideal, the electric tension giving the illusion of live music-making. We have had some impressive recordings from this orchestra in the past but this one is among the finest.
She is a charming, persuasive advocate. The ECO, too, offer fine support and with a range of tone colours, match de la Vega's recreative imagination.
This overlooked masterpiece of the Russian music literature bears comparison with Beethoven's Missa Solemnis, especially in its use of fugues. It is a compelling piece which Pletnev does well to clarify so successfully.