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Dmitri Shostakovich, Mikhail Glinka, Alexander Glazunov, Igor Stravinksy, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and Piotr Tchaikovsky - this CD brings together six very different Russian composers from two centuries, all of whom have one thing in common: their close ties with St. Petersburg.
Dmitry Shostakovich: 24 Preludes, Op. 34 (arr. E. Strachov)
No. 10 in C sharp minor
No. 14 in E flat minor
No. 15 in D flat major
No. 16 in B flat minor
No. 17 in A flat major
No. 18 in F minor
No. 24 in D minor
Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka: Viola Sonata in D minor (completed by V. Borisovsky and W. Michel)
Alexander Konstantinovich Glazunov: Elegie in G minor, Op. 44
Elegie in G minor, Op. 44
Igor Stravinsky: Elegie
Igor Stravinsky: Mavra: Russian Maiden's Song, "Parasha's Aria" (arr. K. Oznobishev)
Mavra: Russian Maiden's Song, "Parasha's Aria" (arr. K. Oznobishev)
Nikolay Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov: Sadko: Song of the Indian Guest (arr. V. Borisovsky)
Sadko: Song of the Indian Guest (arr. V. Borisovsky)
Nikolay Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov: The Snow Maiden (arr. E. Strachov)
The Snow Maiden: Dance of the Buffons (arr. E. Strachov)
“Well supported by pianist Roglit Ishay, she seeks to make some kind of statement about a city in which she herself studied, its rich interconnected legacy of composing talent and those magical summer nights when the latitude of 60 degrees north ensures that it never gets really dark. Students of her instrument will be fascinated to explore the mix of viola originals and arrangements...eloquent music-making, vividly captured”
“[the Preludes] work well on viola and piano and Ms. Masurenko and Ms. Ishay display wonderful artistry while admirably characterising their extremely diverse moods...this is a highly enjoyable disc, a varied selection of Russian pieces beautifully performed. Ms. Masurenko has what might be described as an attractively light, clear, slightly feathery tone, not at all nasal or booming.”
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