St. Petersburg Camerata
Pushkin in Music
CD | Intergroove | 0807297206227 | IGC 82 | 09-13
Pushkin's literary influence went beyond his contemporaries, with his work having a remarkable affect on the budding Russian romantic music scene at the time. His poems and various proses became central to many symphonic and operatic works such as "Ruslan and Ludmila "(set to music by Michail Glinka), "Boris Godunow" (set to music by Modest Mussorgsky), "The Stone Guest" (commenced by Alexander Dargomyschsky, completed by César Cui and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakow), "Pique Dame" and "Evgeni Onegin" (set to music by Peter Tchaikovsky). The present collection offers musical transcriptions of Pushkins works which are largely unknown where the two orchestral pieces from Evgeni Onegin are the most popular ones. Real finds are the two other compositions: Myaskovsky's 10th Symphonie F minor op.30 on Pushkin's poem The Bronze Horseman and Sviridovs film score on the narrative Snowstorm. It is the bombastic, brass-laden style coupled with lavish and frenzied percussion of this symphony where we witness the marriage of prose and music. This highly experimental composition for its time reflects Myaskovsky's mixture of European musical impressionist and expressionist tendencies newly forming in the musical landscape during this era. Georgy Sviridov roots in Russian folk music made his connection to Pushkin nearly inevitable. His strong tonality, yet simple melodic composition musically mimicked Pushkin's Russian sensibility, making him a sought after composer for film. His musical depiction of Pushkin's "Snowstorm" as a film score proves his talent and creativeness in folkloric musical composition, and made him one of the most popular composers of his generation in Russia. The richness of Sviridov's musical landscape inspired by the poetic strength of Pushkin's writing might seem to have a hint of Hollywood flavour, which surprisingly might not be a coincidence.
St. Petersburg Classics: Orchesterkompositionen nach literarischen Vorlagen von Alexander Puschkin.
Kaum ein anderer russischer Dichter hat so stark die romantische russische Musikszene beeinflusst wie Alexander Puschkin. Seine Gedichte und Verserzählungen lieferten Sujets nicht nur für Opern.
Die vorliegende Zusammenstellung zeigt weithin unbekannte musikalische Umsetzungen von Puschkins Vorlagen, wobei die beiden Orchesterstücke aus Eugen Onegin noch am bekanntesten sind. Fundstücke sind dagegen die beiden anderen Kompositionen: Mjaskowskis 10. Symphonie f-moll op.30 auf Puschkins Gedicht Der eherne Reiter sowie Swiridows Filmmusik auf die Erzählung Der Schneesturm.