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Shchedrin: Concertos For Orchestra Nos. 4 and 5 [CD]

Bournemouth So , Shchedrin , Karabits Audio CD
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  • Conductor: Karabits
  • Composer: Shchedrin
  • Audio CD (29 Mar 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B0037TTQDI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 184,169 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Concerto for Orchestra No. 4, "Khorovodi" (Round Dances)Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra28:10Album Only
Listen  2. Concerto for Orchestra No. 5, "4 Russian Songs"Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra21:37Album Only
Listen  3. Khrustal'niye gusli (The Crystal Gusli)Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra 8:40Album Only

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Kirill Karabits and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra do brilliantly with it all,and so,crucially,do the recording engineers in capturing all the delicate and original sounds. --Gramophone,Aug 2010

''The Bournemouth Symphony plays the music superbly.'' --Financial Times

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Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra - Kirill Karabits, direction

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shchedrin Concertos for Orchestra 2 May 2010
By Mr. A. R. Boyes TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Rodion Shchedrin is almost certainly best known for his ballet arrangement of Carmen for Strings and Percussion. Apart from that, in Britain he his not well known. Back in Russia, and previously in the Soviet Union he is and was much better known with many productions of his ballets and operas in particular. The Carmen suite hardly prepares you for the rest of his output though his resourceulness in his use of the orchestra was to be expected. The music on this disc is essentially very affable and nostalgic in tone combined with very skilful orchestration and clear melodies, particularly in the fourth concerto.

The fourth concerto often sounds like a nostalgia for a long lost childhood with its use of the recorder and ghostly background introduction. The persistent ostinato figure on the harpsichord sets the dance rhythm for the whole piece and sits in your mind for long after hearing - whether you want it to or not. The concerto uses simple folk like material and its title means "Round Dance". All the material is Shchedrin's. Essentially, over the 28 minutes of its duration, Shchedrin varies the harmonic landscape, becoming quite dissonant before a resolution near the end, followed by the return of the innocent sounding recorder theme.

The fifth concerto sounds a little more weighty but is still nostalgic and folky in tone. Its "Troika" title refers to a horse and slay journey across a varying Russian landscape. This concerto does actually use some folk material but is perhaps less immediately memorable. It feels a weighter piece even though it lasts seven minuntes less. There are some striking moments, literally, for the percussion instruments.
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4.0 out of 5 stars At this price: experiment! 4 July 2014
By Rimsky
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Wonderfully played and approachable - the orchestration full of colour. An individual voice, well worth exploring - not just the arranger of the Carmen Ballet!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Shchedrin's Concertos for Orchestra 13 Jun 2010
By Tom J. Godell - Published on Amazon.com
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When Rodion Shchedrin began his musical career, Joseph Stalin was at the height of his post-war power. Long after the bloody dictator's death--not to mention the ignominious end of the Soviet Union itself--Shchedrin continues to thrive and create vital, compelling music. These three vividly colorful examples were written between 1989 and 1999.

Concerto 4 is first on the program, and it is by far the most compelling and easily accessible score. The sub-title means "Round Dances" or "Roundelays", and the spirit and vitality of Russian folk dancing is never far beneath the surface. Despite the nationalist inspiration of the music, the themes are all Shchedrin's--"my own innocent vision", as he comments in the booklet. The work is cast in a single movement of nearly a half hour in length, but it is divided into three distinct dances followed by a coda that recalls the score's ethereal opening passage.

Shchedrin has always been a master of orchestral color, even as early as his First Piano Concerto, written while he was still a conservatory student. Then, as now, he was deeply influenced by the greatest of his predecessors: Prokofiev, Shostakovich, and Khachaturian. That influence is still obvious in this delightful Concerto. For example, the passage for two flutes at the beginning of the second dance recalls the 11th Symphony of Shostakovich, while the blazing climax at the end of the third seems to be a direct descendent of Prokofiev's Scythian Suite.

That said, there's plenty of originality and creativity on display here. The opening is a masterstroke: a haunting, melismatic solo by an alto recorder accompanied by two flutes imitating the sound of the rushing wind. Shchedrin also makes creative use of the harpsichord and an enormous battery of percussion instruments. Anyone who has heard Shchedrin's Carmen Ballet is aware that this composer knows his way around the orchestra's percussion section. Also given his experience with ballet, Shchedrin has become a superb dramatist, and that skill is also evident here. The result is attractive, exciting, and often ethereally beautiful--well deserving of a place in the modern orchestral repertory.

Concerto 5 is shorter, darker, and less immediately appealing. Perhaps the subtitle ("Four Russian Songs") is part of the problem. If you're expecting a light-hearted romp in the style of Anatol Liadov's Eight Russian Folksongs, you'll be sadly disappointed. Shchedrin's songs are for the most part dark and brooding. Moreover, the orchestral colors have been muted and the dynamics are mostly subdued, which makes the rare fortissimo outbursts even more surprising. Although there are four songs, the work is clearly divided into six sections, each easy to distinguish thanks to Andrew Burn's helpful booklet essay.

Crystal Psaltery is the shortest and most recent work on the program. It's a study in sonority inspired by and written for Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu. According to Shchedrin, "There are echoes of (Takemitsu's) `watercolor' compositional aesthetics to be heard here." It's a haunting nine minute score that soon has the listener feeling suspended in time.

The playing of the Bournemouth Symphony is exemplary--as is the clarity and richness of the recorded sound. Young maestro Karabits is an alert, sensitive leader with an excellent sense of drama. Let's hope Naxos brings us more of his art in the future. We urgently need his recordings of the other Shchedrin Concertos for Orchestra, not to mention the composer's fascinating Piano Concertos.

Urgently recommended to anyone with an interest in 20th century Russian orchestral music.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Plenty of clarity to the sound, too 24 April 2013
By John J. Puccio - Published on Amazon.com
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Shchedrin fills his 1989 Concerto for Orchestra No. 4 "Khorovody" (Roundelays) with an abundance of clever ideas and unusual combinations of instruments. Played as a single, extended series of round dances nearly a half an hour long, it is mostly gentle and relaxed, accelerating as it goes along, with echos of whistling winds, sleigh bells, distant thunder, folklike dance tunes of the composer's invention, with a recurring recorder keeping it all knit together. By the time it concludes, the music has built up into a minor fury, finally subsiding back into the calm in which it started. Conductor Kirill Karabits and his Bournemouth Symphony players maintain an easygoing approach to the music and appear to enjoy a time well spent.

Concerto Orchestra No. 5, also premiered in 1989 and again set in a single movement, is a bit shorter than No. 4 at a little over twenty minutes and scored for a slightly smaller ensemble. This time Shchedrin uses a well-known Russian folk tune in the work, but the mood remains the same as the composer takes us on a musical journey via horse and carriage through various landscapes. Shchedrin says these treks are nostalgic childhood memories of his. Fair enough. It's all enjoyable stuff if somewhat light and not a little wistful in its sonorities.

John J. Puccio
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By G. Chandler - Published on Amazon.com
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The one review for this CD here, by John B. Meagher, is *so bad* (and incredibly stupid), it inspired me to write this review. (And this CD deserves a 5-star review anyway!)

This is some of the most original classical music I've ever heard. And that's coming from someone who's heard thousands of classical music CDs (thanks to all the libraries in my city *and* Amazon of course).

I personally don't like to spend my time reading L O N G reviews on Amazon, so I'll keep this short. You will not hear better orchestral writing than on these three brilliant compositions. Highly intelligent, lyrically imaginative, crystalline-like transparency in the beautiful sonorities, and world-class playing by this U.K. orchestra. With demonstration-like sonics, and at a budget price, this is what you would call a 'no-brainer'! You will NOT be disappointed. Shchedrin is Russia's greatest living composer and this disk is instant proof of that debatable claim.

I hope this helps with only that one-star review to go on. (And a note to Mr. Meagher - do yourself and everyone else a favor - DELETE your review. How embarrassing.)
4 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Music For New Age Folks. Not Really A Classical Contender 28 Nov 2010
By Dmitri - Published on Amazon.com
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I have music of Shchedrin and have heard him before. I couldn't resist this Naxos issue to hear it for myself. I am somewhat disappointed as I am a serious classical listener. This is much more suited for New Age than classical.

The Bournemouth Symphony is top shelf in this recording and they make the most of the music. Kirill Karabits is an up and coming conductor and does a fine job here.

I feel two faced here. I want to say that this is three star music played by five star players. Or that it is five star music for those interested in New Age music.

So if you like Yanni or Andre Rieu then go for this CD for you background meditation to start your day.

If you like serious classical music of today my preferences are Jay Greenberg, Schnittke, or Weinberg.
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