Russian Adagios | Brilliant Classics 9238

Russian Adagios

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Label: Brilliant Classics

Cat No: 9238

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 14th November 2011

Contents

Artists

Russian State Orchestra

Conductor

Evgeny Svetlanov

Works

Glazunov, Alexander

Raymonda, op.57
» Entr'acte (Act 1)
» Entr'acte (Act 3)

Khachaturian, Aram

Gayaneh
» Adagio

Khrennikov, Tikhon

The Hussar Ballad
» Adagio

Miaskovsky, Nikolai

Symphony no.27 in C minor, op.85
» Adagio

Prokofiev, Sergei

Cinderella, op.87
» Cinderella and the Prince

Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai

Pan Voyevoda
» Nocturne 'Moonlight'

Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich

The Nutcracker, op.71
» Pas de deux (Act II)
The Sleeping Beauty, op.66
» Rose Adagio

Artists

Russian State Orchestra

Conductor

Evgeny Svetlanov

About

The apparently innate Russian genius for composing soulful melodies, combined with the influence of 200 years of Russian ballet, has resulted in a repertoire of dramatic and opulent scores. Opera, symphonies, concertos, songs and chamber works from Russian composers are all infused with the spirit of Mother Russia – her suffering, her dramatic and eventful history, her people and their way of life.

This collection of heartfelt adagios includes famous excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker and The Sleeping Beauty, and Glazunov’s Raymonda, Prokoviev’s Cinderella and the famous adagio from Spartacus by Khachaturian.

There are some rarer pieces as well – Rimsky-Korsakov’s Nocturne ‘Moonlight’ from his opera Pan Voyevoda and Khrennikov’s Hussar Ballad, as well as the wistful slow movement from Miaskovsky’s last symphony (No.27), written after he had been denounced by Stalin’s henchmen as being guilty of ‘Western Formalism’ (a charge levelled by Khrennikov). Miaskovsky composed this work as he was ill with the cancer that would eventually kill him, and through it he harks back to the Russia of Tchaikovsky’s music – a nostalgic and dignified farewell in the face of Stalin’s tyrannical ignorance.

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