Russian Spectacular / Shui, Singapore Symphony

Release Date: 4/9/2021
Label: BIS
Catalog Number: BIS-2412
Number of Discs: 1
Length: 66 Minutes

Physical Format:

SACD
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$19.99
Notes and Editorial Reviews

This album of orchestral showpieces features four of the five members of the Mighty Handful, a group of Russian composers who, during the second half of the 19th century, collaborated to create a distinct national style. The recorded works illustrate different aspects of their endeavors – both in terms of the musical means they employ and their subject matter. Orientalism is one of the typical features of the music of the group, as witness Balakirev’s Islamey – employing material from the Caucasus Mountains – and Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances, describing the revels of a nomadic eastern tribe during a 12th-century raid into the Russian lands. The most individual of the group was Modest Mussorgsky, with a musical language both powerful and startlingly vivid in imagination. His celebrated Pictures from an Exhibition was composed in 1874 as a tribute to a recently deceased artist friend, and takes in such specifically Russian elements as the fairy-tale witch Baba Yaga and the Great Gate of Kiev. Originally written for the piano it is here performed in the 1922 orchestration by Maurice Ravel. Also by Mussorgsky, the opening Night on the Bare Mountain paints a witch’s Sabbath in bold brushstrokes, and was re-orchestrated by Rimsky-Korsakov after the composer’s death. It is his version, with more sumptuous orchestral textures and a tighter formal plan that is heard here, performed by the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and Lan Shu

Works on This Recording
1. St. John's Night on Bald Mountain, "A Night on the Bare Mountain" (arr. N. Rimsky-Korsakov for orchestra) by Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky
Orchestra/Ensemble: Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1886 ;
Orchestra/Ensemble: Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1874 ;
Orchestra/Ensemble: Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1874 ;
Orchestra/Ensemble: Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1874 ;
5. II. The Old Castle by Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky
Orchestra/Ensemble: Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1874 ;
Orchestra/Ensemble: Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1874 ;
7. III. Tuileries by Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky
Orchestra/Ensemble: Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1874 ;
Orchestra/Ensemble: Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1874 ;
Orchestra/Ensemble: Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1874 ;
10. V. Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks by Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky
Orchestra/Ensemble: Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1874 ;
11. VI. Samuel Goldenberg and Schmuyle by Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky
Orchestra/Ensemble: Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1874 ;
12. VII. The Market Place at Limoges by Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky
Orchestra/Ensemble: Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1874 ;
13. VIII. Catacombae: Sepulchrum romanum by Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky
Orchestra/Ensemble: Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1874 ;
14. Cum mortuis in lingua mortua by Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky
Orchestra/Ensemble: Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1874 ;
15. IX. The Hut on Fowl's Legs (Baba-Yaga) by Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky
Orchestra/Ensemble: Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1874 ;
16. X. The Great Gate of Kiev by Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky
Orchestra/Ensemble: Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1874 ;
17. Islamey (arr. S.M. Lyapunov for orchestra) by Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev
Orchestra/Ensemble: Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1869 ;
18. Act II: Introduction - Polovtsian Dances: Ulẽtay na krïlyah vẽtra (Female Captives) by Alexander Porfir'yevich Borodin
Written: 1887 ;
19. Act II: Polovtsian Dances: Wild Dance of the Men by Alexander Porfir'yevich Borodin
Written: 1887 ;
20. Act II: Polovtsian Dances: Poytẽ pẽsni slavï khanu! Poy! (Polovtsians) by Alexander Porfir'yevich Borodin
Written: 1887 ;
21. Act II: Polovtsian Dances: Slavoy dẽdam ravẽn khan nash (Men) by Alexander Porfir'yevich Borodin
Written: 1887 ;
22. Act II: Polovtsian Dances: Ulẽtay na krïlyah vẽtra (reprise) (Female Captives) by Alexander Porfir'yevich Borodin
Written: 1887 ;
23. Act II: Polovtsian Dances: Slavoy dẽdam ravẽn khan nash (reprise) (Men) by Alexander Porfir'yevich Borodin
Written: 1887 ;
24. Act II: Polovtsian Dances: Plyaskoy vashey tẽshtẽ khana (All) by Alexander Porfir'yevich Borodin
Written: 1887 ;
25. Act II: Polovtsian Dances: Plyaskoy tẽshtẽ khana, chagi, khana svoyevo (All) by Alexander Porfir'yevich Borodin
Written: 1887 ;
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