Anatoly LYADOV (1855-1914)
From the Apocalypse – symphonic picture, Op. 66 [8:47]
About Olden Times - Ballade, Op. 21b [5:30]
Baba-Yaga – Russian fairy tale, Op. 56 [3:26]
The Enchanted Lake – fairy tale picture, Op. 62 [7:11]
Kikimora – folk tale Op. 63 [7:59]
Russian Folksongs (8), Op. 58 [14:28]
USSR State Symphony Orchestra/Evgeny Svetlanov
rec. 1970, Moscow, ADD
MELODIYA MEL CD10 01873 [47:27]
Lyadov was born in 1855 and taught in the St. Petersburg Conservatory, as well as being a conductor and composer. He was very interested in folklore. Most of his works are on a small scale. He taught at the Moscow Conservatory where his numerous pupils included Nikolai Myaskovsky, Sergei Prokofiev, Boris Asafiev, Maria Gnessina and Viktor Belyayev. He had a great empathy for fairy tales and poetry. Some of his works resemble those of Glinka and Rimsky-Korsakov - especially the latter.
Two dominant themes are reflected in this rather short-playing collection. The folk aspect can be heard in the Eight Russian Folk Songs op. 58. The fantastic vein of Russian folk myths, reflected in Arthur Ransome's Old Peter's Russian Tales, can be heard in the brilliant miniatures that are to be found on the first five tracks here. Baba Yaga, Enchanted Lake and Kikimora embody supernatural entities and tales. A visionary voice comes to the fore in From the Apocalypse and About Olden Times.
Svetlanov lights up all these works. From the Apocalypse positively seethes, shouts and glows. The blaring Old Testament brass (3:03) adds immeasurably to the Mussorgskian grandeur. About Olden Times has a bardic potency redolent of Borodin and Kalinnikov. The harp and reedy strings