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Disc No: TOCC 0018
Price: Sek. 81
Name: Balakirev: Grand
 Fantasia on Russian Folksongs

Mily Balakirev (1837–1910) – the leader of the group of Russian composers known as ‘the Mighty Handful’ – was influenced by folksong from the very start of his career. His expansive Grand Fantasia on Russian Folksongs for piano and orchestra is one of his very first compositions, written when he was seventeen. And the 30 Folksongs of the Russian People for piano duet, folksong-arrangements from the other end of his career, show his deep understanding of the sources, which he endows with dignity and colour. Each of his arrangements is preceded on this CD by the original folksong, illuminating Balakirev’s perceptive approach to this fascinating material
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ComposerOpusMusicKey Performer
Balakirev, Mily (1837–1910 Op. 4 Grand Fantasia on Russian Folksongs   Joseph Banowetz, piano
Russian Philharmonic Orchestra - Konstantin Krimets
Balakirev, Mily   Dukhovnaya - Dormition of the Mother of God   Joseph Banowetz, piano
Alton Chung Ming Chan, piano
Olga Kalugina, soprano
Svetlana Nikolayeva, mezzo soprano
Pavel Kolgatin, tenor
Balakirev, Mily   Dukhovnaya - Egoriy the Brave  
Balakirev, Mily   Dukhovnaya - Lazar  
Balakirev, Mily   Dukhovnaya - The Last Judgement  
Balakirev, Mily   Dukhovnaya - The Book of the Dove  
Balakirev, Mily   Bylina - The King’s Sons from Krakow  
Balakirev, Mily   Bylina - Kostruk  
Balakirev, Mily   Bylina - Nikita Romanovich  
Balakirev, Mily   Bylina - Grisha Otrepyev  
Balakirev, Mily   Bylina - Vasiliy Okulyevic  
Balakirev, Mily   Bylina - The Razvoinik Brothers and their Sister  
Balakirev, Mily   Bylina - Birds and Animals  
Balakirev, Mily   Wedding song - They said: Fedot-ot doesn’t drink beer…  
Balakirev, Mily   Wedding song - There were no winds…  
Balakirev, Mily   Wedding song - Are you my river little river…  
Balakirev, Mily   Wedding song - Oh drinking berry…  
Balakirev, Mily   Wedding song - Many many by a damp oak tree…  
Balakirev, Mily   Wedding song - Mummy wasn’t hoping  
Balakirev, Mily   Wedding song - My girlfriends dear girlfriends…  
Balakirev, Mily   Wedding song - Oh you geese you geese…  
Balakirev, Mily   Wedding song - Grape-harvest  
Balakirev, Mily   Wedding song - There is a tree on a hill  
Balakirev, Mily   Wedding song - I went into the garden  
Balakirev, Mily   Wedding song - Our wide street  
Balakirev, Mily   Wedding song - Utushnaya  
Balakirev, Mily   Protyazhnaya - Rowanberry and Raspberry  
Balakirev, Mily   Protyazhnaya - What a heart  
Balakirev, Mily   Protyazhnaya - It’s enough for you my dear to walk in the field  
Balakirev, Mily   Protyazhnaya - Oh you winter  
Balakirev, Mily   Protyazhnaya - She became she became a colonel’s wife  

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