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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Jean Marie Geijsen, Roger de Schot
DZZ Studio 5, Moscow
|Release Date||April 17, 2015|
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.
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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