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Russian Spectacular

Composer Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev
Alexander Porfir'yevich Borodin
Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky
Performer Singapore Symphony Chorus
Singapore Symphony Youth Choir
Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Lan Shui, conductor
Period Romantic
Catalogue Number BIS-2412 SACD
EAN 7318599924120
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date Apr 2021
Total time 67'38

Orchestral showpieces

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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  Modest Mussorgsky
01 Night on the Bare Mountain 12'22
  Modest Mussorgsky
  Pictures from an Exhibition (Orchestrated by Maurice Ravel) 33'54
02 Promenade 1'45
03 1. Gnomus 2'40
04 Promenade 0'55
05 2. Il vecchio castello 4'35
06 Promenade 0'34
07 3. Tuileries 1'01
08 4. Bydlo 3'07
09 Promenade 0'44
10 5. Ballet des poussins dans leurs coques 1'16
11 6. Samuel Goldenberg und Schmuyle 2'22
12 7. Limoges - Le Marché 1'25
13 8. Catacombæ. Sepulcrum Romanum 1'57
14 Con mortuis in lingua mortua 1'52
15 9. La Cabane sur des pattes de poule (Baba-Yaga) 3'41
16 10. La grande porte de Kiev 6'00
  Mily Balakirev
17 Islamey 8'45
  Alexander Borodin
  Polovtsian Dances 12'25
18 Introduction - Gliding Dance of the Maidens 2'45
19 Wild Dance of the Men 1'10
20 General Dance. Allegro 2'10
21 Dance of the Boys and Second Dance of the Men 1'16
22 Gliding Dance of the Maidens 1'43
23 Dance of the Boys and Second Dance of the Men 1'18
24 General Dance. Allegro con spirito 0'24
25 Più animato 1'39
  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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