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Russian Spectacular

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Catalogue numberBIS-2412 SACD
Release date2021-04-09
Discs1
Orig. sample rate96000Hz
Total time67:38

This disc 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 endeavours – 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 Shui.
 
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  Composer: Mussorgsky, Modest
01 Night on the Bare Mountain 12:22 $ 2.97 USD
 
 
  Composer: Mussorgsky, Modest
  Pictures from an Exhibition (Orchestrated by Maurice Ravel) 33:54
02 Promenade 01:45 $ 0.42 USD
03 1. Gnomus 02:40 $ 0.64 USD
04 Promenade 00:55 $ 0.22 USD
05 2. Il vecchio castello 04:35 $ 1.10 USD
06 Promenade 00:34 $ 0.14 USD
07 3. Tuileries 01:01 $ 0.24 USD
08 4. Bydlo 03:07 $ 0.75 USD
09 Promenade 00:44 $ 0.18 USD
10 5. Ballet des poussins dans leurs coques 01:16 $ 0.30 USD
11 6. Samuel Goldenberg und Schmuyle 02:22 $ 0.57 USD
12 7. Limoges - Le Marché 01:25 $ 0.34 USD
13 8. Catacombæ. Sepulcrum Romanum 01:57 $ 0.47 USD
14 Con mortuis in lingua mortua 01:52 $ 0.45 USD
15 9. La Cabane sur des pattes de poule (Baba-Yaga) 03:41 $ 0.88 USD
16 10. La grande porte de Kiev 06:00 $ 1.44 USD
 
 
  Composer: Balakirev, Mily
17 Islamey 08:45 $ 2.10 USD
 
 
  Composer: Borodin, Alexander
  Polovtsian Dances 12:25
18 Introduction - Gliding Dance of the Maidens 02:45 $ 0.66 USD
19 Wild Dance of the Men 01:10 $ 0.28 USD
20 General Dance. Allegro 02:10 $ 0.52 USD
21 Dance of the Boys and Second Dance of the Men 01:16 $ 0.30 USD
22 Gliding Dance of the Maidens 01:43 $ 0.41 USD
23 Dance of the Boys and Second Dance of the Men 01:18 $ 0.31 USD
24 General Dance. Allegro con spirito 00:24 $ 0.10 USD
25 Più animato 01:39 $ 0.40 USD
 
  Album total 67:38
ComposerBalakirev, Mily
Borodin, Alexander
Mussorgsky, Modest
OrchestraSingapore Symphony Orchestra
ConductorShui, Lan
ArrangerLyapunov, Sergei
Ravel, Maurice
Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai
OrchestrasSingapore Symphony Orchestra
ChoirSingapore Symphony Chorus
Conductor & fortepianoShui, Lan

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