About the album
FROM THE FLIGHT OF THE BUMBLEBEE TO VICTORY IN STALINGRAD
- A VIRTUOSO JOURNEY
With the release of the Royal Norwegian Air Force Band’s new album featuring Russian music for wind instruments, the scene is set for a compelling musical experience. Bearing the title “The Battle of Stalingrad”, the recording offers the listener works of some of the most prominent early Soviet composers from a time when Europe was divided by the Iron Curtain. Even today we can take pleasure in the virtuosity and power of these compositions — classic, immortal works that stir our feelings.
The idea for the recording stems from the band’s hugely popular concert production in Trondheim in the autumn of 2011, and at the Nordland Music Festival 2012, with the Battle of Stalingrad as its theme. Besides lavish works of Glière and Khatchaturian, who seldom have been recorded, the album includes virtuoso pieces of Kabalevsky and Rimsky-Korsakov.
The Royal Norwegian Air Force Band, one of five professional bands of the Norwegian Armed Forces, has roots dating back to 1818. While the band’s main venue is “Byscenen” in Trondheim’s city centre, it has distinguished itself nationally with its concerts and special events, and it has received a “Spellemannspris” nomination (Norwegian Grammy).
Leif Arne Pedersen took over as principal conductor in 2011. He is principal clarinet of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, and he can be heard on a LAWO Classics release of Mozart and Brahms clarinet quintets
11Solemn Overture, Op. 72
12The Flight of the Bumblebee
13Armenian Folk Song and Dance, I. Dancing Song
14Armenian Folk Song and Dance, II. Dance
15Lezginka from Gayane Ballet
16Soviet Police March
17Uzbek March and Dancing Song, I. Uzbek March
18Uzbek March and Dancing Song, II. Dancing Song
19Comedians' Galop from the Comedians Suite, Op. 26
110Battle of Stalingrad, Op. 74A, I. The City on the Volga
111Battle of Stalingrad, Op. 74A, II. Invasion
112Battle of Stalingrad, Op. 74A, III. Stalingrad in Flames
113Battle of Stalingrad, Op. 74A, IV. The Enemy Is Doomed
114Battle of Stalingrad, Op. 74A, V. Into Battle for the Motherland
115Battle of Stalingrad, Op. 74A, VI. Eternal Fame to the Heroes
116Battle of Stalingrad, Op. 74A, VII. Forward to Victory
117Battle of Stalingrad, Op. 74A, VIII. There Is a Cliff on the Volga