Music And Revolution - Russian Classical Music 1890-1917

Release Date: 3/29/2013
Label: Sony
Catalog Number: SONY 61699
Number of Discs: 1

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
At the conclusion of the century, there is a desire to capture historic moments for posterity. National Public Radio's "Milestones of the Millennium" series continues with RUSSIAN MUSIC & REVOLUTION 1890-1917, but the music chosen has little to do with the revolution or the political climate of the time. Instead, from the pastoral beauty of Mussorgsky's "Dawn on the Moskva River" and the optimistic voices of Borodin's "Polovtsian Dance no 2," these Russian compositions celebrate their nation's rich traditions and colorful past.
A musical revolution soon followed on Russian soil. Composers found great joy in producing vigorous, technical pieces that clashed with traditional styles. Glazunov, Rachmaninoff and Prokofiev created jarring works of great, dramatically different, beauty. Building upon the dramatic tradition of Tchaikovsky and his peers, this new generation added a 20th-century, industrial age sensibility. While not necessarily political in nature, the compositions reflected the world in which they were created.
Culled from the Sony music libraries, the performances found in this collection are uniformly excellent. Digital remastering gives the album a coherent tone and balance.
Works on This Recording
1. Khovanshchina: Act 1 Prelude "Dawn on the Moscow River" by Modest Mussorgsky
Conductor: George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble: Cleveland Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1872-1880 ; Russia
2. Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dance no 2 by Alexander Borodin
Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis
Period: Romantic
Written: 1869-1887 ; Russia
3. Poems (25) by Pushkin, Op. 57: no 17, La statue de Tsarskoïe Selo by César Cui
Performer: Jennie Tourel (Mezzo Soprano), Allen Rogers (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1899 ; Russia
4. Songs (10), 1904: no 9, Under the mysterious mask by Mily Balakirev
Performer: Jennie Tourel (Mezzo Soprano), Allen Rogers (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1903-1904 ; Russia
5. Tale of Tsar Saltan: Suite, Op. 57 - Flight of the bumblebee by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer: Arcadi Volodos (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1903 ; Russia
6. Golden Cockerel: Suite - Bridal procession by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor: Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1907 ; Russia
7. Mlada: Suite - Procession of the nobles by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor: Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1903 ; Russia
8. Caucasian Sketches Suite no 1, Op. 10: Procession of Sardar by Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov
Conductor: Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1894 ; Russia
9. The enchanted lake, Op. 62 by Anatole Liadov
Conductor: George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble: Cleveland Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: by 1909 ; Russia
10. Morceaux de fantaisies (5), Op. 3: no 2, Prélude in C sharp minor by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer: Philippe Entremont (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1892 ; Russia
11. Symphony no 6 in B minor, Op. 74 "Pathétique": 4th movement, Finale - Adagio lamentoso by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble: Washington National Symphony
Period: Romantic
Written: 1893 ; Russia
12. Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66: no 7, Act 1 - Valse by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor: Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1888-1889 ; Russia
13. Queen of Spades, Op. 68: Midnight is nearing (Lisa's Aria) by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer: Stefka Evstatieva (Soprano)
Conductor: Emil Tchakarov
Orchestra/Ensemble: Sofia Festival Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1890 ; Russia
14. Fireworks, Op. 4 by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor: Igor Stravinsky
Orchestra/Ensemble: Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1908 ; Russia
15. Sonata for Piano no 1 in F minor, Op. 1 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer: Yefim Bronfman (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1907/1909 ; Russia
16. Symphony no 1 in D major, Op. 25 "Classical": 3rd movement, Gavotte by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble: New York Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1916-1917 ; Russia
17. Symphony no 1 in D major, Op. 25 "Classical": 4th movement, Molto vivace by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble: New York Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1916-1917 ; Russia
18. The Seasons, Op. 67: no 13, Coda de l'Été [Autumn] by Alexander Glazunov
Conductor: Andre Kostelanetz
Orchestra/Ensemble: Andre Kostelanetz Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1899 ; Russia
19. The Seasons, Op. 67: no 13, Coda de l'Été [Autumn] by Alexander Glazunov
Conductor: Andre Kostelanetz
Orchestra/Ensemble: Andre Kostelanetz Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1899 ; Russia
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