Russian Ballet Suites (2004)

Prokofiev, Khachaturian, Shostakovich

Russian National Orchestra

Alexander Vedernikov

Russian ballet music, recorded in Russia, performed by the Russian National Orchestra under Russian conductor Alexander Vedernikov - add to this the theatrical atmosphere conveyed by surround sound on the first Super Audio CD recording of these works, and an exceptional listening experience is guaranteed. The three Russian composers represented on this SACD were all born within just 15 years of one other, yet each had his own very distinct style. In their lifetime, they all enjoyed great popularity within their country, yet they also suffered from the strict censureship of the Soviet regime. Despite the fact that all three received the Stalin prize for various works, the Central Committee under Zhdanov (Stalin’s right-hand man) took them to task in 1948 for “failing in their duty to the Soviet people” by showing “formalistic deviations and anti-democratic tendencies” in their musical works. Forced to live under a totalitarian system, they had to exercise constant self-criticism in order to protect themsel ves. Nevertheless, despite all restrictions, they still managed to create masterpieces while apparently towing the official line.

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Russian National Orchestra

The Russian National Orchestra was founded in 1990 by pianist and conductor Mikhail Pletnev and is today recognized as one of the world’s top orchestras.  Maintaining an active international tour schedule, the RNO appears throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas, and is a frequent visitor to major festivals such as Edinburgh, Shanghai and the BBC Proms.  The orchestra presents its own RNO Grand Festival each September to open the Moscow season, and is founding orchestra of Festival del Sole, held every July in California’s Napa Valley.

RNO concerts are regularly aired on National Public Radio in the United States, the European Broadcasting Union, and Russia's Kultura channel.  The orchestra's critically acclaimed discography, launched with a 1991 CD cited as the best recording of Tchaikovsky’s Pathéthiquein history, now numbers more than 80 recordings, with conductors that include Founder and Music Director Mikhail Pletnev, Vladimir Jurowski, Kent Nagano, Vasily Petrenko and Carlo Ponti. 

Alexander Vedernikov

Alexander Vedernikov is one of the most promising Russian conductors of the young generation. He studied at the Moscow Conservatory and in 1988 joined the Stanislavsky Theatre Moscow where he conducted many opera’s with great success. In the 2001/2002 season he became Chief Conductor and Music Director of the Bolshoi Theatre Moscow. Alexander Vedernikov conducted the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the Russian State Symphony Orchestra and is a regular guest with the Russian National Orchestra. 
He gave many concerts with the Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra in Russia and toured with them in Germany, Austria and the UK. He also conducted at opera houses such as the Metropolitan New York, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Semper Opera Dresden and La Scala. Alexander Vedernikov worked as guest conductor with many orchestras like The Philharmonia Orchestra, the London Philharmonic, the Budapest Festival Orchestra and the Montreal Symphony.

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Russian Ballet Suites (2004)

Prokofiev, Khachaturian, Shostakovich

Russian National Orchestra

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A brand new direct-to-DSD recording using the acclaimed EMM Labs Inc. Meitner gear, this turns out to be a thoroughly Russian production in every way: Ballet music by three great Russian composers of roughly the same era, playing by a Russian Orchestra conducted by a Russian conductor, and recorded in Moscow just last year. The playing is superbly balletic and spirited and the programming of the three suites achieves plenty of variety and interest. Prokofiev’s best ballet score shines in the seven excerpts, and the Adagio from the Spartacus score of Khachaturian is one of the most moving melodies imaginable - his own updating of the love/death theme explored by Wagner in Tristan und Isolde. Even if you already own the complete Romeo and Juliet you should at least sample this wonderul trio of works for its energy and terrific sonics.

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This is one of the finest recordings I have ever heard. There is no congestion on the climaxes and they are stunning. The strings are smooth and beautiful. I listened in two channel but this is a recording not to be missed at least for sound quality. The piece by Shostakovich "The Bolt" is not a piece I was familiar with but I loved it and to repeat myself the sonics are amazing with incredible climaxes.

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Russian Ballet Suites (2004)

Prokofiev, Khachaturian, Shostakovich

Russian National Orchestra

Producer: Job Maarse
Recording Engineer: Jean Marie Geijsen, Roger de Schot
Recording location: DZZ Studio 5, Moscow

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Romeo and Juliet - Suite No. 1, Folk Dance
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Romeo and Juliet - Suite No. 1, Tableau
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Romeo and Juliet - Suite No. 1, Madrigal
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Romeo and Juliet - Suite No. 1, Minuet
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Romeo and Juliet - Suite No. 1, Masks
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Romeo and Juliet - Suite No. 1, Romeo and Juliet
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Romeo and Juliet - Suite No. 1, Death of Tybalt
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Suite from Spartacus, Scene of Crassus and Aegina
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Suite from Spartacus, The Dance of the Pirates
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Suite from Spartacus, Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia
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Suite from Spartacus, Variation of Aegina and Bacchanalia
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Suite from The Bolt, Introduction
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Suite from The Bolt, Polka
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Suite from The Bolt, Variation
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Suite from The Bolt, Tango
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Suite from The Bolt, Intermezzo
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Suite from The Bolt, Finale
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