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Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Sergey Rachmaninov

Gamma Majoris Ensemble

Russian Serenade

  • Type CD
  • Label Champs Hill
  • UPC 5060212591449
  • Catalog number CHRCD 138
  • Release date 09 February 2018
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Gamma Majoris is a London-based ensemble created by 4 established soloists: Ksenia Berezina (violin), Yulia Chaplina (piano), Alisa Liubarskaya (cello) and Anastasia Prokofieva (soprano). The ensemble’s name derives from the star Gamma Ursae Majoris and the term for 'major scale' in Russian musical terms (гамма - scale, мажор - major).

The debut release by this ensemble presents music by Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov in arrangements by the ensemble. “The idea of arranging Russian songs emerged spontaneously from a rehearsal one day. What would happen if we added lyrical string instruments to complement the soaring melodies and polyphonic and complex accompaniments of songs by the great Russian composers? To our delight, it worked beautifully.”

The songs cover a wide emotional range, from dark and dramatic, to tender and the overall concept chimes with the idea of late-nineteenth domestic music-making, with the Tchaikovsky settings of texts by Russian poets including Pushkin, Tolstoy, and Rachmaninov also using translations of Shelley and Hugo.

(Click on a track title to listen)
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    1
    Serenade Op. 63 no. 6
     
    03:40
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    2
    By an open window Op. 63 no. 2
     
    02:04
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    Nocturne in F major Op. 10 no. 1
     
    04:04
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    4
    Un poco di Chopin Op. 72 no. 15
     
    03:10
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    5
    Do Not Believe, my Friend Op. 61 no.1
     
    03:42
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    6
    Why did I dream of you? Op. 28 no. 3
     
    03:15
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    7
    No, the one that knew Op. 6 no. 6
     
    02:52
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    8
    Tell me what in the shade of the branches Op. 57 No.1
     
    03:44
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    9
    A soul quietly flew to the heavens Op. 47 no. 2
     
    03:11
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    10
    Take my heart away
     
    02:30
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    11
    Amid the din of the ball Op. 38 no. 3
     
    02:08
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    12
    Meditation Op. 72 no. 5
     
    05:12
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    13
    We were sitting with you Op. 73 no. 1
     
    02:38
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    14
    Before my window Op. 26 no. 10
     
    02:10
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    15
    The Isle Op. 14 no. 2
     
    01:57
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    16
    April!
     
    02:44
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    17
    They Answered Op. 21 no. 4
     
    01:53
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    18
    Do not sing my beauty Op. 4 no. 4
     
    04:18
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    19
    Gypsies Dance from Aleko (arranged by Dushkin)
     
    04:37
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    20
    Lullaby in a storm Op. 54 no. 10
     
    02:21
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    21
    Valse in F# minor Op. 40 no. 9
     
    04:30
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    22
    It was in Early Spring Op.38 No. 2
     
    02:58
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    23
    In This Moonlit Night Op. 73 no. 3
     
    02:01
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    24
    The Sunset Op. 73 no. 4
     
    01:52
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    The glare of day, or the silence of night Op. 47
     
    03:52

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