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Wartime Music, Vol.13: Reinhold Glière

Wartime Music, Vol.13: Reinhold Glière

Alexander Titov Conductor

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Tracks: 5
Length: 59:40

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Northern Flowers
Rel. 5 Apr 2011
Recorded 2009

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Wartime Music, Vol.13: Reinhold Glière If you didn't know, it would be hard to guess that the two concertos by the aging Reinhold Glière were written in the midst of a conflict that cost 20 million Russians their lives. Glière was from the beginning a composer firmly rooted in the 19th century, and his language did not change under wartime conditions. This said, there's a neglected oddball work here, beautifully performed, that makes this Russian release worth anybody's money. That is the Concerto for coloratura soprano and orchestra in F minor, Op. 82. There are other vocalises in the musical literature, but this one may be unique in being a multi-movement work (there are an Andante and a sort of Rossinian waltz Allegro to close). If you're thinking that sounds almost unendurable, suspend disbelief for a moment and listen; it's charmingly done. True, the soprano part is murder, and it takes an excellent singer to pull it off. Olga Trifonova has the desired crystal clear effect, rising up to high D flat in each movement, both of which echo her lines with a little instrumental answer as if to point up the accomplishment. The instrumental writing is nifty, with horns omitted in order to balance voice and orchestra (although with Trifonova's power she doesn't need any balancing) and to add the desired atmosphere of mystery. The Cello Concerto in D minor, Op. 87, is similarly idiomatic instrumentally, but its more conventionally heroic mood seems somehow inadequate to what had gone on outside the concert hall. The unappetizingly named St. Petersburg State Academic Symphonic Orchestra under Alexander Titov is fine, and this is to be welcomed as another new release from the small Northern Flowers label, which has devoted itself to unusual Russian repertory.

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1 1.Allegro 18:23
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2 2.Andante 18:13
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3 3.Allegro vivace 7:43
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4 1.Andante 9:29
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5 2.Allegro 5:52
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