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Glinka: Overtures & Dances [CD]

Mikhail Glinka , Evgeni Svetlanov , USSR Symphony Orchestra Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: USSR Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Evgeni Svetlanov
  • Composer: Mikhail Glinka
  • Audio CD (30 May 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Regis Records
  • ASIN: B0000AWDDB
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,795 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Ruslan & Lyudmila: Overture
2. Ruslan & Lyudmila: Chernamor's March
3. Ivan Susanin ('A Life For The Tsar'): Overture
4. Spanish Overture No.1 ""Jota Aragonese""
5. Spanish Overture No.2 ""Summer Night Madrid""
6. Waltz-Fantasia
7. Prince Kholmsky: Overture
8. Prince Kholmsky: Entr'Acte to Act II
9. Prince Kholmsky: Entr'Acte to Act III
10. Prince Kholmsky: Entr'Acte to Act IV
11. Prince Kholmsky: Entr'Acte to Act V
12. Premiere Polka in B Flat Major

Product Description

REG 1142; REGIS - Inghilterra; Classica Orchestrale

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best available performances 22 April 2005
By J. Vich
Format:Audio CD
Glinka's is very fine composer with gift of rich musical expression and natural orchestration. Nevertheless, most of his works are in the shadow of Ruslan and Lyudmila overture and his opera Life for the Tsar. Wrongfully, I think. Both his spanish overtures and waltz-fantasia are good compositions, and maestro Svetlanov with USSR SO delivers best available performacnes ever recorded. Do not be afraid of recording date, the sound is clear, full and satysfiyng (with exception of two pieces from Ruslan and Lyudmila, where sound is just average and not much bright). This Regis disc is not only excellent bargain, but also rare re-release of recent Melodiya recordings, unavailable for long time.
Even if this CD would be full-price disc, I would recommend it to any serious classical music lover as must-have. Compared to other available recording of same (and more) pieces with Sinaisky / BBC Philharmonic, which I also own, Svetlanov is far better.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Play It Loud 10 April 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Rest assured, the version of the 'Ruslan & Lyudmila' overture on this record is as good as you will find anywhere else - robust, passionate and full of fire but, equally, handled with care. Indeed, all the music on this disc showcases to great effect why Mikhail Glinka is considered to be the father of Russian music... and, like so many Russian composers, who were either civil servants for whom music was an 'after work' passion, or, in the 20th Century at least, composers fending of the attentions of civil servants trying to tell them what and how to compose, he was a civil servant.

With Beethoven you sometimes feel as though there weren't enough notes in the scale for him to realize his musical ideas but with the Russian composers that were inspired by Glinka - Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov and Borodin, for instance - you sometimes feel there weren't enough orchestral sounds for them to fully render the musical dramas of their imaginations...and they can blame Glinka for setting them on that artistic path because the music here clearly demonstrates his desire to wed a distinctive Russian sound to musical dramas and pictures. The two 'Spanish Overtures' presented here are good examples of this. Growing up with Russian folksongs means that Glinka had a natural disposition to thread his musical ideas together with good tunes so, rest assured again, the 'Ruslan & Lyudmila' overture is not the only catchy tune here that will really grab you. Turn the volume up a little and be swept along by the music that inspired a generation of Russian composers to create some of the finest music ever.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What fun 22 Oct 2010
Format:Audio CD
This is a treat....not only because the music is so much fun, and Glinka's crafty sense of orchestral colour makes you smile, but because this is all obtained for a bargain price. And Svetlanov hams it up. Hard to beat.
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