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Russia - Eastern Europe II (2004)

Russia - Eastern Europe II

The 2004 season ended with programs of works by composers from Eastern Europe and Russia: languages often marginalized in discussions of Bach and Beethoven, but that nevertheless produced a tremendous treasury of chamber music. Czech composer Antonín Dvořák’s Gypsy Songs and Piano Quartet both incorporate melodies and folk dances evocative of the Eastern European countryside. Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich’s Seven Romances on Poems of Alexander Blok lend bleak musical settings to texts by one of Russia’s greatest poets.

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Selections

“Aj! Kterak trojhranec muj prerozkošne zvoní” from Zigeunermelodien (Gypsy Songs), op. 55 | Antonín Dvořák (1:07)

  • Derek Han, Piano
  • Dina Kuznetsova, Soprano

“A les je tichý kolem kol” from Zigeunermelodien (Gypsy Songs), op. 55 | Antonín Dvořák (2:55)

  • Derek Han, Piano
  • Dina Kuznetsova, Soprano

“Když mne stará matka zpívat, zpívat ucívala” from Zigeunermelodien (Gypsy Songs), op. 55 | Antonín Dvořák (2:13)

  • Derek Han, Piano
  • Dina Kuznetsova, Soprano

“Široké rukávy a široké gate” from Zigeunermelodien (Gypsy Songs), op. 55 | Antonín Dvořák (1:05)

  • Derek Han, Piano
  • Dina Kuznetsova, Soprano

“Dejte klec jestrábu ze zlata ryzého” from Zigeunermelodien (Gypsy Songs), op. 55 | Antonín Dvořák (2:36)

  • Derek Han, Piano
  • Dina Kuznetsova, Soprano

Seven Romances on Poems of Alexander Blok, op. 127 | Dmitry Shostakovich (25:29)

  • Jorja Fleezanis, Violin
  • Gilbert Kalish, Piano
  • Dina Kuznetsova, Soprano
  • Ronald Thomas, Cello

Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, op. 87 | Antonín Dvořák (35:56)

  • Colin Carr, Cello
  • Jorja Fleezanis, Violin
  • Gilbert Kalish, Piano
  • Geraldine Walther, Viola

Artists

  • Colin Carr, Cello
  • Jorja Fleezanis, Violin
  • Derek Han, Piano
  • Gilbert Kalish, Piano
  • Dina Kuznetsova, Soprano
  • Ronald Thomas, Cello
  • Geraldine Walther, Viola

Music@Menlo LIVE’s Origin/Essence series commemorates the festival’s second season, an exploration of the chamber repertoire of five distinct musical cultures.

Russia - Eastern Europe II Total Time: 1:11:44
Discs: 1
Price: $15.00
Year Recorded: 2004