Mikhail Kuzmin - Sacred Songs, Music for Plays | Naxos 8573192

Mikhail Kuzmin - Sacred Songs, Music for Plays

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Label: Naxos

Cat No: 8573192

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 2nd March 2015

Contents

Artists

Mila Shkirtil (mezzo-soprano)
Petrozavodsk State University Male Choir
Karelia State Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra

Conductor

Yuri Serov

Works

Kuzmin, Mikhail

Hinkemann the German (music for the play)
Masquerade: incidental music
Sacred Songs (3) for voice and orchestra
The Sociey of Honoured Bell Ringers (music for the play)

Artists

Mila Shkirtil (mezzo-soprano)
Petrozavodsk State University Male Choir
Karelia State Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra

Conductor

Yuri Serov

About

The great twentieth-century Russian poet, Mikhail Alexeevich Kuzmin, was for much of his early life also passionately devoted to composition. Masterpieces of the vocal miniature, his Sacred Songs for voice and orchestra are settings of his own words based on studies of ancient Russian music. His incidental music for Masquerade is notable for a heartfelt Romance and a closing chorus which draws upon traditional Russian church music. The Society of Honoured Bell Ringers displays Mahlerian and Mozartian influences whilst greater harmonic complexity can be savoured in Kuzminís edgier music for Der deutsche Hinkemann.

Yuri Serov graduated from the St Petersburg Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory in 1993, and studied also in Salzburg and Weimar. As a conductor and solo pianist he has toured more than 25 countries and has made over 60 recordings for a number of labels in Russia, Belgium, Japan and the United States. Yuri Serov is the author of many articles and essays on music, and at present teaches at the St Petersburg Conservatory. He is Artistic Director of the Northern Flowers international music festival, and founder and editor of the CD series St Petersburg Musical Archive.

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