Russian Ballet Suites

Russian National Orchestra

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Original Recording Format: DSD 64

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.

Tracklist

1.
Romeo and Juliet - Suite No. 1, Folk Dance
04:33
2.
Romeo and Juliet - Suite No. 1, Tableau
01:36
3.
Romeo and Juliet - Suite No. 1, Madrigal
03:44
4.
Romeo and Juliet - Suite No. 1, Minuet
03:04
5.
Romeo and Juliet - Suite No. 1, Masks
02:03
6.
Romeo and Juliet - Suite No. 1, Romeo and Juliet
07:25
7.
Romeo and Juliet - Suite No. 1, Death of Tybalt
04:46
8.
Suite from Spartacus, Scene of Crassus and Aegina
03:25
9.
Suite from Spartacus, The Dance of the Pirates
01:18
10.
Suite from Spartacus, Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia
09:14
11.
Suite from Spartacus, Variation of Aegina and Bacchanalia
03:29
12.
Suite from The Bolt, Introduction
05:34
13.
Suite from The Bolt, Polka
02:42
14.
Suite from The Bolt, Variation
02:26
15.
Suite from The Bolt, Tango
04:51
16.
Suite from The Bolt, Intermezzo
03:58
17.
Suite from The Bolt, Finale
02:16

Total time: 01:06:24

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Producer

Job Maarse

Recording Engineer

Jean Marie Geijsen, Roger de Schot

Recording location

DZZ Studio 5, Moscow

Awards

SKU

PTC5186032

Release Date April 4, 2015
SKU PTC5186032

Press reviews

Audiophile Audition

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.

SA-CD.net

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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