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Nenov, Antheil and Sviridov releases this month

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« on: June 01, 2017, 04:17:38 pm »

Notable new releases this month (June 2017) from   include

DIMITAR NENOV (1901-1953): Piano Concerto, Ballade No. 2 for Piano and Orchestra.

Description: Concert pianist, composer, pedagogue and architecht who designed several public buildings in Bulgaria, Nenov’s family ties to an officer in the Czar’s army and his tacit refusal to write in socialist realist style after the Communist takeover led to many of his compositions and radio recordings of his performances being destroyed and his memory being largely lost after his early death. This very big concerto (1932-36), in a single-movement and lasting more than 42 minutes in this recording, is a heady stew seasoned with a mixture of late Romanticism and early modern trends (like the Russian constructivists and Scriabin)with dashes of Bulgarian folk melodies and which turns out to be a gigantic sonata-form construction masquerading as a three-movements-in-one structure. There was a 2001 Gega release of a 1979 Bulgarian Radio recording of this concerto but the 1943 Ballade may be a first recording. Also large in scale - 21 minutes is a long Ballalde - this is a more conservative piece steeped in the atmosphere of stylized Bulgarian folk dances. Ivo Varbanov (piano), Royal Scottish National Orchestra; Emil Tabakov.

GEORGE ANTHEIL (1900-1959): Symphony No. 4 “1942”, Symphony No. 5 “Joyous”, Over the Plains*. * - First Recording

Description: If the fourth symphony (released on Naxos in April of 2000 and on cpo in December the same year) made Antheil sound like the American Shostakovich, a classic "war symphony" from beginning to end, the first movement of the 1947-48 Fifth will call to mind the racing music of the scherzo to Prokofiev's Fifth from just a few years earlier. However, the ensuing adagio molto is a lovely, dreamy work which breathes peace and contentment while the finale takes off again in the style of a Shostakovich scherzo although with a touch less acidity. Over the Plains is a seven-minute piece of Americana (even alluding to cowboy music) from 1945 which puts one in mind of Don Gillis.

GEORGY SVIRIDOV (1915-1998): Russia Cast Adrift (orch. Evgeny

Description: Sviridov's richly Romantic, heartfelt song cycle to poems of Sergei Yesenin is powerfully evocative of themes important to both poet and composer; love for the landscape and history of Mother Russia, images of nature and religious symbolism in the face of the uncertainty that faced the country when the Soviet Union was rising around the time when the poems were written. This is one of Sviridov's finest vocal works, full of flowing melody and archetypally Russian melancholy. He intended to orchestrate it, but this never materialized; however, the piano parts constantly suggest orchestral colors and Evgeny Stetsyuk's orchestration fully realizes them. The orchestration is sumptuous and respectful of the composer's musical intentions, and the incorporation of folk instruments adds appropriate local color. Transliterated Russian-English texts. Dmitri Hvorostovsky (baritone), St Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra, Style of Five Ensemble; Constantine Orbelian

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