A Musical Journey - Russia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan

Release Date: 9/25/2012
Label: Naxos
Catalog Number: 2110292
Conductor: Daniel Nazareth
Orchestra/Ensemble: Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
RUSSIA / UKRAINE / UZBEKISTAN

The Places
Peter the Great founded St Petersburg in 1703 on Swedish territory, a provocation to Sweden, then the most powerful state in the region. Over a few years, he created a new city with an outlet to the Baltic, a city to challenge Moscow and force Russia to face Western Europe. Victory over the Swedes at Poltava in 1709 secured the city’s future. The tour takes in Odessa, in the Ukraine, an important naval base for Russia on the Black Sea, and concludes with a visit to Uzbekistan.

The Music
Mussorgsky was originally an army officer, ending his life in intermittent government service, as addiction to alcohol took its toll. At his death in 1881, at the age of 42, he left much unfinished. His Pictures at an Exhibition was written in 1874 as a set of piano pieces, a translation into music of paintings, designs, models and drawings by his friend Victor Hartmann, who had died the year before, heard here in the colourful orchestration by Ravel. Borodin had a successful career as an analytical chemist, a professor at the Medico-Surgical Academy. His activities as a scientist limited the attention he could give to music, so that a number of his compositions remained incomplete at his relatively early death at the age of 53 in 1887.

Picture format: NTSC 4:3
Sound format: PCM Stereo / Dolby Digital 5.1 / DTS 5.1
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
Running time: 60 mins
No. of DVDs: 1
Works on This Recording
1. In the steppes of central Asia by Alexander Borodin
Conductor: Daniel Nazareth
Orchestra/Ensemble: Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1880 ; Russia
2. Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dances by Alexander Borodin
Conductor: Daniel Nazareth
Orchestra/Ensemble: Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
3. Pictures at an Exhibition for Orchestra (orchestrated by Ravel) by Modest Mussorgsky
Conductor: Daniel Nazareth
Orchestra/Ensemble: Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1874/1922 ; Russia
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