Aureole etc.




Nimbus on-line




If it’s the Czech works you’re after, do not hesitate

  Founder: Len Mullenger
Classical Editor: Rob Barnett


CD REVIEW

Some items
to consider

 


Enjoy the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra wherever you are. App available for iOS and Android


Mahler symphony 6 Nott


Vaughan Williams Symphony 3 etc.


Lyrita New Recording


Lyrita Premiere Recordings

Lyrita 4CDs £16 incl.postage

Lyrita 4CDs £16 incl.postage


Decca Phase 4 - 40CDs


Judith Bailey, George Lloyd


BAX Orchestral pieces


CASKEN Violin Concerto

Schumann Symphonies Rattle


Complete Brahms
Bargain price

 

 

 

 


Buy through MusicWeb for £10.50 postage paid World-wide.

 

Musicweb Purchase button

 

Boris TCHAIKOVSKY (1925 - 1996)
Four Poems by Josef Brodsky (1965)a [11:06]
From Kipling (1994)b [5:42]
String Trio (1955)c [14:14]
Two Poems by Mikhail Lermontov (1940)a [4:09]
Two Pieces for Balalaika and Piano (1991)d [2:55]
Lyrics of Pushkin (1972)a [27:04]
Olga Filonova (soprano)a; Svetlana Nikolayeva (mezzo)b; Alexey Khutoriansky (violin)c; Lev Serov (viola)bc; Marina Archakova (cello)c; Kirill Ershov (balalaika)d; Olga Solovieva (piano)ad
rec. Russian Radio House, Studio One, Moscow, 4 March 2006 (String Trio), 30 April 2006 (Two Pieces) and 11 January 2006 (From Kipling); Moscow Theatre and Concert Centre, 24 February 2006 (Two Poems, Four Poems) and 20&24 May 2006 (Lyrics of Pushkin)
Texts and translations
TOCCATA CLASSICS TOCC 0046 [65:10]

Experience Classicsonline



Excepting the very early Two Poems by Mikhail Lermontov, Four Poems by Josef Brodsky composed in 1965 is Boris Tchaikovsky’s first song-cycle. In his early twenties, the future Nobel Prize winner Brodsky was accused of ‘parasitism’ (whatever that might mean) and became persona non grata. The song-cycle was written for Galina Vishnevskaya who was to premiere it, but the event was cancelled. The work received its belated premiere in 1988. In the meantime, however, the composer recast it as Four Preludes for Chamber Orchestra (1984), a recording of which is available on Northern Flowers NF/PMA 9918. I reviewed that disc here some time ago. The four poems, however, had nothing in them that might have wronged or “endangered” the regime, allowing for a religious undertone. Neither was Tchaikovsky’s setting particularly radical. “In the vocal cycle I used mostly academic solutions for the last two numbers - and I don’t think that’s a sin”. In fact, these settings are pretty straightforward, though by no means lacking in subtlety.

From Kipling for mezzo-soprano and viola is a late work that was left unfinished, since a third setting, War ends abruptly after a few bars. The first song Far Off Amazon is a brittle, at times bitter-sweet and uneasy Toccata whereas Homer is mostly slow and has the character of a ballad, albeit one with some mild irony. The setting for mezzo and viola may at first seem somewhat unusual but Tchaikovsky’s resourceful handling of this combination is quite remarkable.

The String Trio of 1955 is roughly contemporary with the Sinfonietta for Strings (1953) and the First String Quartet (1954). It is in three short, neatly differentiated movements. The first movement opens with an urgent, striding theme not unlike that opening the First String Quartet. The beautiful Andante is in sharp contrast both to the first movement but also to the concluding Allegretto - echoing the first movement - and rounding off this compact, eventful work with a slightly lighter touch.

Two Poems by Mikhail Lermontov was composed when the composer was a 15-year old boy, but the music - for all its indebtedness to older models - is remarkably assured.

Two Pieces for Balalaika and Piano is a fairly late work consisting of two contrasting miniatures, Joke drawn from the film score Balzaminov’s Marriage (available on Boheme Music CDBMR 908085) and Landscape, the latter an original composition. This unpretentious diptych is a delightful trifle although the music is far from easy to play.

The major item in this worthwhile release is the substantial song-cycle Lyrics of Pushkin composed for Vishnevskaya who premiered it with Rostropovich. Later she recorded it with the composer and that performance is available on Melodiya MEL CD10 00944; reviewed here a few years ago. The red thread of the Pushkin cycle is “the work of the poet, the noble solitude of the creative artist, the artist’s inner freedom and the artist’s creative efforts” (Pyotr Klimov). As in the Brodsky cycle, Tchaikovsky sticks to traditional methods while avoiding sounding as if they had been composed a century earlier. Tchaikovsky actually achieves a timeless sort of setting, neither radical nor reactionary. That is what makes Tchaikovsky’s voice so personal and distinctive. Lyrics of Pushkin is one of Boris Tchaikovsky’s finest and most substantial song-cycles - the others being Signs of the Zodiac (1974 available on Naxos 8.557727 reviewed here) and The Last Spring (1980).

The quality of the music and the very fine performances make this well-filled release a must for all admirers. Boris Tchaikovsky’s music definitely deserves to be much better known. It is encouraging, too, to see brand new recordings such as these filling the gaps. More please.

Hubert Culot

 
 


Gerard Hoffnung CDs

Advertising on
Musicweb


Donate and get a free CD

New Releases

Naxos Classical

Hyperion

Musicweb sells the following labels
Acte Préalable
Alto
Arcodiva
Atoll
CDAccord
Cameo Classics
Centaur
Hallé
Hortus
Lyrita
Nimbus
Northern Flowers
Redcliffe
Sheva
Talent
Toccata Classics


Follow us on Twitter

Subscribe to our free weekly review listing
sample
 


EXPLORE MUSICWEB INTERNATIONAL

Making a Donation to MusicWeb

Writing CD reviews for MWI

About MWI
Who we are, where we have come from and how we do it.

Site Map

How to find a review

How to find articles on MusicWeb
Listed in date order

Review Indexes
   By Label
      Select a label and all reviews are listed in Catalogue order
   By Masterwork
            Links from composer names (eg Sibelius) are to resource pages with links to the review indexes for the individual works as well as other resources.

Themed Review pages

Jazz reviews

 

Discographies
   Composer
      Composer surveys
   National
      Unique to MusicWeb -
a comprehensive listing of all LP and CD recordings of given works
.
Prepared by Michael Herman

The Collector’s Guide to Gramophone Company Record Labels 1898 - 1925
Howard Friedman

Book Reviews

Complete Books
We have a number of out of print complete books on-line

Interviews
With Composers, Conductors, Singers, Instumentalists and others
Includes those on the Seen and Heard site

Nostalgia

Nostalgia CD reviews

Records Of The Year
Each reviewer is given the opportunity to select the best of the releases

Monthly Best Buys
Recordings of the Month and Bargains of the Month

Comment
Arthur Butterworth Writes

An occasional column

Phil Scowcroft's Garlands
British Light Music articles

Classical blogs
A listing of Classical Music Blogs external to MusicWeb International

Reviewers Logs
What they have been listening to for pleasure

Announcements

 

Community
Bulletin Board

Give your opinions or seek answers

Reviewers
Pat and present

Helpers invited!

Resources
How Did I Miss That?

Currently suspended but there are a lot there with sound clips


Composer Resources

British Composers

British Light Music Composers

Other composers

Film Music (Archive)
Film Music on the Web (Closed in December 2006)

Programme Notes
For concert organizers

External sites
British Music Society
The BBC Proms
Orchestra Sites
Recording Companies & Retailers
Online Music
Agents & Marketing
Publishers
Other links
Newsgroups
Web News sites etc

PotPourri
A pot-pourri of articles

MW Listening Room
MW Office

Advice to Windows Vista users  
Questionnaire    
Site History  
What they say about us
What we say about us!
Where to get help on the Internet
CD orders By Special Request
Graphics archive
Currency Converter
Dictionary
Magazines
Newsfeed  
Web Ring
Translation Service

Rules for potential reviewers :-)
Do Not Go Here!
April Fools




Return to Review Index

Untitled Document


Reviews from previous months
Join the mailing list and receive a hyperlinked weekly update on the discs reviewed. details
We welcome feedback on our reviews. Please use the Bulletin Board
Please paste in the first line of your comments the URL of the review to which you refer.