Russian Composers Collection
and the leader of the national Russian school,his works include forms of
folk music,which influenced many Russian composers such as Borodin and
studies medicine and became a chemist.Later he studies music under Balakirev.
His works include Prince Igor(the Porovtsian Dances is one of them),
the steppes of Central Asia,
Igor - though I never had a chance to listen to all suites of opera,Prince
Igor, 'Polovtsian Dances' is very famous and intriguing piece of music
with a good blend of Russian folk tunes.
sketches op.10 is one of his best work,sadly it is not widely well-known.
However,I strongly recommend this to anyone who has a soft spot for Russian
a Naval Officer,later a professor at the St.Petersburg Conservatory,he
is one of the Russian composers who was influenced by Balakirev. His woks
include Sheherazade, Capriccio Espagnol,
music under Balakirev.His well-known works are Pictures from an Exhibition,and
and composer,his well-known piano music include Rhapsody on a theme
a civil servant,later studied at the St.Petersburg Conservatory. His great
masterpieces are Piano Concerto,'Pathetique'Symphony, the
Ilyich Tchaikovsky (Moscow Classic Russia)
by Philips Classics
the Overture - usually the ending of this overture is well-known
as it plays along with cannons.It was inspired by Napoleon's invasion of
Russia in 1812. For the first time listener,it comes as a bit of shock
as it sounds as if the music got mingled with firing of cannons.
Nutcracker - it's one of my all-time favourite, no matter what
state of mental deprivation you are in, you would like listening to this
light and fairly-tale alike tune, chocolate,sugar lump ,and many other
delicious sweets ... It's a good source for education, and entertaining
music for kids too,I used to listen to this alot whenever I felt lonely
No.6 'Pathetique' op.74 - another my favourite! It looks as if
this was full of depressing music, wrong.. This symphony contains both
cheerful and sad tunes to it,and comes in repetition. Eg.Sad-happy-depressed..
tune. You'd need to listen to it at least twice to appreciate this music.
Concerto No.1 op.23 - it is told that Tchaikovsky first presented
this work to his close friend,Nikolai Rubinstein the director of Moscow
Conservatory, yet what he got in response was that this was not perfect,hence
needed modification.Tchaikovsky didn't give in and gave this concerto to
another person who took this more enthusiastically,hereafter his friend
dropped his verdict to admit that he had been wrong.This is said to be
one of Tchaikovsky's best piano piece with 'Ukrainian folk music' inspiration.
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