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Russian Serenade / Gamma Majoris


Release Date: 02/02/2018 
Label:  Champs Hill Records   Catalog #: 138  
Composer:  Peter Ilyich TchaikovskySergei Rachmaninov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gamma Majoris
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Gamma Majoris is a London-based ensemble created by 4 established soloists: Ksenia Berezina (violin), Yulia Chaplina (piano), Alisa Liubarskaya (cello) and Anastasia Prokofieva (soprano). The ensemble’s name derives from the star Gamma Ursae Majoris and the term for ‘major scale’ in Russian musical terms. The debut release by this ensemble presents music by Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov in arrangements by the ensemble. “The idea of arranging Russian songs emerged spontaneously from a rehearsal one day. What would happen if we added lyrical string instruments to complement the soaring melodies and polyphonic and complex accompaniments of songs by the great Russian composers? To our delight, it worked beautifully.” The songs cover a wide Read more emotional range, from dark and dramatic, to tender and the overall concept chimes with the idea of late-nineteenth domestic music-making, with the Tchaikovsky settings of texts by Russian poets including Pushkin, Tolstoy, and Rachmaninov also using translations of Shelley and Hugo. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Songs (6), Op. 63: no 6, O child, beneath thy window by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gamma Majoris
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Russia 
2.
Songs (6), Op. 63: no 2, I opened the window by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gamma Majoris
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Russia 
3.
Morceaux (2) for Piano, Op. 10: no 1, Nocturne by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gamma Majoris
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Russia 
4.
Morceaux (18) for Piano, Op. 72: no 15, Un poco di Chopin by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gamma Majoris
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Russia 
5.
Songs (6), Op. 6: no 1, Do not believe, my friend by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gamma Majoris
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869; Russia 
6.
Songs (6), Op. 28: no 3, Why did I dream of you? by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gamma Majoris
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875; Russia 
7.
Songs (6), Op. 6: no 6, None but the lonely heart by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gamma Majoris
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869; Russia 
8.
Songs (6), Op. 57: no 1, Tell me, what in the shade of the branches by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gamma Majoris
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884; Russia 
9.
Songs (7), Op. 47: no 2, Softly the spirit flew up to heaven by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gamma Majoris
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Russia 
10.
Take my heart away by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gamma Majoris
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873; Russia 
11.
Songs (6), Op. 38: no 3, Amid the din of the ball by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gamma Majoris
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Russia 
12.
Morceaux (18) for Piano, Op. 72: no 5, Méditation by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gamma Majoris
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Russia 
13.
Songs (6), Op. 73: no 1, We sat together by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gamma Majoris
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Russia 
14.
Songs (15), Op. 26: no 10, Before my window by Sergei Rachmaninov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gamma Majoris
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1906; Russia 
15.
Songs (12), Op. 14: no 2, The isle by Sergei Rachmaninov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gamma Majoris
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Russia 
16.
April! A festive Spring by Sergei Rachmaninov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gamma Majoris
Written: 1891 
17.
Songs (12), Op. 21: no 4, They answered by Sergei Rachmaninov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gamma Majoris
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; Russia 
18.
Songs (6), Op. 4: no 4, Sing not to me, beautiful maiden by Sergei Rachmaninov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gamma Majoris
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Russia 
19.
Aleko: Dance of the Gypsies by Sergei Rachmaninov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gamma Majoris
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
20.
Children's Songs (16), Op. 54: no 10, Lullaby in a storm by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gamma Majoris
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; Russia 
21.
Morceaux (12) for Piano, Op. 40: no 9, Valse in F sharp minor by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gamma Majoris
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Russia 
22.
Songs (6), Op. 38: no 2, It was in early spring by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gamma Majoris
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Russia 
23.
Songs (6), Op. 73: no 3, In this moonlight by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gamma Majoris
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Russia 
24.
Songs (6), Op. 73: no 4, The sun has set by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gamma Majoris
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Russia 
25.
Songs (7), Op. 47: no 6, Does the day reign? by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gamma Majoris
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Russia 

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