Soundbite 60: A sixty-word précis-review of the latest CD releases

Borodin
Prince Igor – Overture
Glazunov
Overture solennelle, Op.73
Glinka
Ruslan and Ludmilla – Overture
Kabalevsky
Colas Breugnon – Overture
Liadov
Baba Yaga, Op.56; The Enchanted Lake, Op.62; Kikimora, Op.63
Mussorgsky
Khovanshchina – Prelude [orch. Rimsky-Korsakov]
Prokofiev
Semyon Kotko – Suite: Introduction
Rimsky-Korsakov
The Golden Cockerel – Suite; The Tsar’s Bride – Overture
Shostakovich
Festive Overture, Op.96
Tchaikovsky
Overture in F
Nikolai Tcherepnin
La Princesse lointaine – Prelude; The Enchanted Kingdom – Prelude
Russian National Orchestra
Mikhail Pletnev

Recorded 1993 & 1994 in the Concert Hall of the Moscow Conservatory
CD No: NEWTON CLASSICS 8802037 (2 CDs)
Duration: 2 hours 9 minutes
Reviewed: December 2010
Helter-skelter Glinka confirms RNO’s virtuosity and unanimity; personal touches display Pletnev’s individuality. These Russian favourites and rarities find no dud – vivid, evocative music of beauty, fantasy, exhilaration and theatre. Shostakovich’s orchestration of Khovanshchina is preferable to the (here unstated) Rimsky-Korsakov version (such advice contrary to the booklet note though), yet Pletnev convinces; his belief is a hallmark throughout these recordings.

 

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