: Russian Overtures & Orchestral Works - Mikhail Pletnev

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Russian Overtures & Orchestral Works
Russian National Orchestra, Mikhail Pletnev
Newton Classics
2 CD
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Catalogue Number: 8802037

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A stunning 2CD of Russian music from Mikhail Pletnev and the Russian National Orchestra that includes a mix of the familiar and the not so familiar. Liadov’s exquisite miniature tone poems and Glinka’s effervescent overture to Ruslan and Ludmila rub shoulders with a rare Tchaikovsky overture and two preludes by Tcherepnin. All the composers here had a deep knowledge and respect for the traditional music of Mother Russia, and every work on these discs has the unmistakable sound of Russia irrespective of whether it was composed under the Tsarist or Soviet regime.

Recordings made in 1993/94

“Russian lollipops familiar (Glinka Ruslan, Borodin Prince Igor) and deeply unfamiliar (Tchaikovsky's very early Overture in F, for instance, or Nikolai Tcherepnin's Enchanted Kingdom).” BBC Music Magazine, April 2011 ****

“Pletnev is at his most successful with the more reflective introduction to Semyon Kotko, and with the beautiful evocation of dawn over the Moscow River that opens Khovanshchina. Tchaikovsky's almost unknown early overture is a curiosity. It is not hard to observe some of the features that were to distinguish Tchaikovsky's style, with hindsight, but who could have had the foresight to see the genius that would charge them?” Gramophone Magazine, December 1994


Prince Igor Overture


Ouverture solennelle, Op. 73


Ruslan & Lyudmila Overture


Overture 'Colas Breugnon' Op. 24


Baba-Yaga, Op. 56

The Enchanted Lake, Op. 62


Khovanshchina: Dawn on the Moscow River


Semyon Kotko, Op. 81 - suite


Rimsky Korsakov:

The Tsar's Bride Overture

Le Coq d'Or



Festive Overture, Op. 96


Overture in F major

Tcherepnin, N:

La Princesse lontaine: Prelude

The Enchanted Kingdom: Prelude

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