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Russian Reflections Disc 1 (2016)

<em>Russian Reflections</em> Disc 1

As Russia marched towards revolution, her music was likewise headed for radical change. The Romantic spirit of Tchaikovsky—nowhere in greater evidence than in his magnificent Serenade for Strings—found its torchbearer a generation later in Sergei Rachmaninov. Meanwhile, Rachmaninov’s boyhood schoolmate Aleksandr Scriabin developed a bold new language of his own, as audacious as it was fiercely expressive. Disc 1 follows the course of Russian music at the turn of the twentieth century, from Romanticism vers la flamme (“towards the flame”).

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Selections

Serenade in C Major for Strings, op. 48 | Piotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky (29:43)

  • Jeremy Berry, Viola
  • Stella Chen, Violin
  • Estelle Choi, Cello
  • Nicolas Dautricourt, Violin
  • Paul Huang, Violin
  • Katie Hyun, Violin
  • Coleman Itzkoff, Cello
  • Jessica Lee, Violin
  • Matthew Lipman, Viola
  • Ryan Meehan, Violin
  • Jeffrey Myers, Violin
  • Paul Neubauer, Viola
  • Scott Pingel, Double Bass
  • Lisa Sung, Viola
  • Stephen Waarts, Violin

Andante in B Major, op. 16, no. 1 | Aleksandr Scriabin (2:44)

  • Lucille Chung, Piano

Andante in B-flat Major, op. 11, no. 21 | Aleksandr Scriabin (2:12)

  • Lucille Chung, Piano

Vers la flamme (Towards the Flame), op. 72 | Aleksandr Scriabin (5:58)

  • Lucille Chung, Piano

Ne poy, krasavitsa, pri mne (Sing Not to Me, Beautiful Maiden), op. 4, no. 4 | Sergei Rachmaninov (4:53)


Text by Alexander Pushkin
Translation by Dina Kuznetsova

Ne poy, krasavitsa, pri mne
Tï pesen Gruzii pechal’noy.
Napominayut mne one
Druguyu zhizn’, i bereg dal’niy.

Uvï, napominayut mne
Tvoi zhestokiye napevï
I step’, i noch’, i pri lune
Chertï dalyokoy, bednoy devï!

Ya prizrak milïy, rokovoy,
Tebya uvidev, zabïvayu…
No tï poyosh’, i predo mnoy
Yego ya vnov’ voobrazhayu.

Ne poy, krasavitsa, pri mne
Tï pesen Gruzii pechal’noy.
Napominayut mne one
Druguyu zhizn’, i bereg dal’niy.




Sing not to me, beautiful maiden,
The melancholy songs of Georgia!
For they remind me
Of a different life, of a distant shore.

Alas, they remind me,
Your cruel melodies,
Of the steppes, and night,
And under the moonlight—of features of a faraway, poor maiden.

That specter, beloved and fateful,
I forget when I see you.
But then you sing—and in front of me
I imagine it once more.

Sing not to me, beautiful maiden,
The melancholy songs of Georgia!
For they remind me
Of a different life, of a distant shore.

  • Dina Kuznetsova, Soprano
  • Paul Neubauer, Viola
  • Wu Qian, Piano

Souvenir d’un lieu cher for Violin and Piano, op. 42 | Piotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky (16:53)

  • Kyoko Takezawa, Violin
  • Wu Qian, Piano

Artists

  • Jeremy Berry, Viola
  • Stella Chen, Violin
  • Estelle Choi, Cello
  • Lucille Chung, Piano
  • Nicolas Dautricourt, Violin
  • Paul Huang, Violin
  • Katie Hyun, Violin
  • Coleman Itzkoff, Cello
  • Dina Kuznetsova, Soprano
  • Jessica Lee, Violin
  • Matthew Lipman, Viola
  • Ryan Meehan, Violin
  • Jeffrey Myers, Violin
  • Paul Neubauer, Viola
  • Scott Pingel, Double Bass
  • Lisa Sung, Viola
  • Kyoko Takezawa, Violin
  • Stephen Waarts, Violin
  • Wu Qian, Piano

<em>Russian Reflections</em> Disc 1 Total Time: 1:02:34
Discs: 1
Price: $15.00
Year Recorded: 2016