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The Glière Orchestral Collection

The Glière Orchestral Collection


Glière:

Symphony No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 8

The Red Poppy, Op. 70: suite

Symphony No. 2 in C minor, Op. 25

The Zaporozhy Cossacks Op. 64

Symphony No. 3 in B minor, Op. 42 'Il'ya Murometz'

Overture: Gyul`sara

Concert Waltz, Op.90

Overture: Shakh-Senem

Ballad, Op. 4, arranged Derzhanovsky

Peter Dixon (cello)

Overture on Slavonic Themes

Heroic March for the Buryiat-Mongolian ASSR, Op.71

Overture: Holiday at Ferghana, Op.75

Bronze Horseman Suite

Concerto for Horn and Orchestra Op.91

Richard Watkins (horn)

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Sir Edward Downes enjoyed a long association with the BBC Philharmonic, serving as its Chief Guest Conductor, then Principal Conductor, and finally as Conductor Emeritus. His recording of Glière’s Symphony No. 3 Ilya Muromets proved the beginning of an enduring relationship between Chandos and the orchestra, which has made around 200 highly acclaimed recordings for the company, all noted for their sonic – as well as artistic – brilliance.

Although he died in 1956, Glière wrote in the great Russian romantic tradition, specialising in large-scale forms and combining tunefulness with unashamedly colourful orchestrations. This Chandos box set, which includes many rarities in the concert and record repertoires, is the most comprehensive survey of this composer’s music available; it comprises Glière’s three symphonies and a host of tone poems, ballet suites, and other orchestral works. Among the most famous will be the epic Third Symphony Ilya Muromets and the Suite from the ballet The Red Poppy, which includes the famous ‘Russian Sailor’s Dance’, one of the catchiest classical pops in the whole repertoire.

The ballet music of Glière was particularly effective, demonstrating great sensitivity and beauty, the composer’s aptitude for ear-tickling sonorities most apparent. The forty-six-minute Suite from The Bronze Horseman is an excellent example, here coupled with the appealing Horn Concerto. A CD of miscellaneous overtures and orchestral works continues to illustrate Glière’s tuneful art, much of it imbued with ‘local’ colour and dressed in bright orchestral garb. All is presented with relish by the BBC Philharmonic. The late Sir Edward Downes and Vassily Sinaisky are both masters of this colourful repertoire, and the sonic quality of Chandos’ BBC Philharmonic recordings is legendary.

“If not the [Third] symphony's first outing on disc, it remains the best...Chandos's recordings still sound glorious and the orchestra's manifest engagement with the music shines through. Watkins is excellent in the Horn Concerto but overall it is Downes's enthusiasm that makes the set so valuable.” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2011

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Rimsky Korsakov - Orchestral Works

Rimsky Korsakov - Orchestral Works


Rimsky Korsakov:

Neapolitan Song, Op. 63

The Maid of Pskov: Overture

The Tsar's Bride Overture

Capriccio espagnol, Op. 34

Legend (Conte féerique), Op. 29

Sinfonietta on Russian Themes in A minor, Op. 31


“…Tsar's Bride… thrills with the riding rhythms of Ivan's rapacious followers, the oprichniki; Sinaisky takes it at a spacious but still exciting pace. The gentler but richly-hued aspects of Russian folklore in the tone-poem Legend, derived from Pushkin's Russlan i Lyudmila, Sinaisky captures with sparkle and energy, likewise the dancing, lyrical Sinfonietta on Russian Themes.” BBC Music Magazine, Proms 2007 *****

“Rimsky's vivid music gets a rare outing in this exhilarating programme. The familiar Capriccio espagnole is also splendidly presented: Sinaisky's performance is expansive, warmly relaxed… the closing Fandango produces a burst of exhilarating bravura.” Gramophone Magazine, August 2007

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The Film Music of Dmitri Shostakovich, Volume 3

The Film Music of Dmitri Shostakovich, Volume 3


Shostakovich:

Hamlet - Concert Suite from incidental music, Op. 32a

Suite from ‘The Young Guard'

Movements 2, 4 and 5

The Unforgettable Year 1919 - suite Op. 89a

The Assault on Krasnaya Gorkaya

Suite from ‘Five Days and Five Nights’


The Chandos issue will appeal to film music buffs and Shostakovich completists but it deserves to reach a wider audience given the flair and dynamism of the music-making and the high quotient of tunes. As I observed last time round, Sinaisky is always right inside the idiom, just the man for the job. Gramophone

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Balakirev: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2, Piano Concerto & other orchestral works

Balakirev: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2, Piano Concerto & other orchestral works


Balakirev:

Symphony No. 1 in C major

Overture: King Lear

Symphonic Poem: In Bohemia

Symphony No. 2 in D minor

Piano Concerto No. 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 1

Symphonic Poem 'Tamara'


“Altogether the Chandos set offers a good introduction to Balakirev's orchestral work…” BBC Music Magazine, December 2005 ****

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The Film Music of Dmitri Shostakovich, Volume 2

The Film Music of Dmitri Shostakovich, Volume 2


Shostakovich:

The Golden Mountains - Suite, Op. 30a

The Gadfly - Concert Suite, Op. 97a

Volochayev Days, Op. 48


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Arensky: Symphony No. 2 in A major Op. 22, etc.

Arensky:

Symphony No. 2 in A major Op. 22

Overture: Son na Volge (song sur le Volga) Op. 16

Suite for two pianos No. 3 'Variations in C major', Op. 33

Prelude: Nal'i Damayanti (Nal and Damayanti)

Intermezzo Op. 13


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Kabalevsky - Piano Concertos Volume 1

Kabalevsky - Piano Concertos Volume 1


Kabalevsky:

Colas Breugnon Overture

Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 23 (1935 rev. 1973)

Kathryn Stott (piano)

The Comedians suite, Op. 26

Piano Concerto No. 3 in D major, Op. 50, ‘Dedicated to Soviet Youth’

Kathryn Stott (piano)


Stott plays both concertos with aplomb but also with an understandable wariness of their superficiality, coaxing out their lyricism but playing down their brilliance… (Fanfare)

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - July 2003

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The Film Music of Dmitri Shostakovich, Volume 1

The Film Music of Dmitri Shostakovich, Volume 1


Shostakovich:

Fragments from the music to the 'Maxim' trilogy

Music from 'The Man with a Gun'

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Music from 'A Girl Alone'

King Lear - film music, Op. 137


Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Vassily Sinaisky

“It's true that a lot of the Soviet films for which he composed had an overt political message, but Shostakovich's artistic response to them is nevertheless engaging.” David Smith, Presto Classical, May 2014

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Lyapunov: Symphony No. 1

Lyapunov: Symphony No. 1


Lyapunov:

Symphony No. 1 in B minor, Op. 12

Piano Concerto No. 2 in E major, Op. 38

Howard Shelley (piano)

Polonaise


“Sergei Lyapunov has always been a shadowy figure, his derivative yet distinctive voice drowned by his more celebrated compatriots and even by his contemporaries Taneyev, Liadov and Arensky. Yet hearing the First Symphony in a performance of this calibre you're reminded of the way Lyapunov's melodic appeal is complemented by brilliant craftsmanship.
The opening motif is sufficiently brief to invite elaboration and to play a key role in music as coherent as it's heartfelt. The chromatic undertow as the music eases into the poco più tranquillo, its mix of sweetness and unrest looks ahead to Rachmaninov's Second Symphony, and if the themes are less memorable than in that towering Romantic masterpiece they're marshalled and directed with great compositional skill. Vassily Sinaisky and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra allow the long sinuous lines of the Andante sostenuto to unfold with an unfaltering tact and commitment, and in the balletic Scherzo, with its memories of Tchaikovsky, he realises all of the music's captivating grace and charm.
If Borodin is a key influence in the symphony then Liszt is central to the thinking behind the Second Piano Concerto. Lyapunov, after all, paid an eloquent tribute to Liszt in his 12 TranscendentalEtudes for solo piano, a magnificent if uneven creation, and not surprisingly the lavish and intricate pianism in the Second Concerto is a Romantically inclined pianist's dream. Certainly its succulent themes and star-dust decoration could hardly be spun off more beguilingly than by Howard Shelley. His relaxed mastery and enviably elegant style inform every bar of this most seductive work.
The recordings are magnificent; no lover of Russian Romantic by-ways can afford to be without this.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - August 2002

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Schreker - Orchestral Works Volume 2

Schreker - Orchestral Works Volume 2


Schreker:

Romantic Suite, Op. 14

Fünf Gesänge

Katarina Karnéus (mezzo-soprano)

Prelude to 'Das Spielwerk'

Vorspiel zu einer großen Oper


“The playing of the BBC Philharmonic under Sinaisky is superb and the recording is in the demonstration class. Intelligent liner notes.” Penguin Guide, 2011 edition

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