Lyadov: Complete Orchestral Works

Lyadov: Complete Orchestral Works
Composer Anatoly Konstantinovich Liadov
Artist Krasnoyarsk Symphony Orchestra
Ivan Shpiller conductor
Format 1 CD
Cat. number 94077
EAN code 5028421940779
Release October 2010

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Anatoly Liadov (1855-1914) was, like his Norwegian contemporary Grieg, a miniaturist. At a time when his fellow Russian composers were composing operas, symphonies and concertos, he concentrated on producing a remarkable collection of wonderfully scored and evocative orchestral miniatures. He did sometimes venture into larger musical forms, and this is illustrated by ‘Fragment from the Apocalypse’, a large unfinished work that shares the same visionary sound world as Scriabin. One of his most famous works ‘the Enchanted Lake’ is suffused with a Debussian soundscape. This work, like ‘Kikimora’ (about a tiny thimble sized human hating witch who listens to stories told by her cat) were intended to be incorporated into operas that were either never started or finished.

Liadov was the first composer Diaghilev asked for a ballet on the Russian folktale ‘The Firebird’. Liadov’s legendary laziness saw to it that he never completed the commission – another pupil of Rimsky Korsakov, the young Igor Stravinsky was asked instead and made it his first major ballet success.

Liadov’s research into folk music – another thing he had in common with Grieg, laid the foundations for other composers including Bartok, Kodaly, and Vaughan Williams to preserve and exploit the rich musical heritage of folk music in Europe.

Other information:
- Recorded in 2001.
- Booklet notes included.
- Of interest to those who like Rimsky Korsakov, Rachmaninov, Glazunov, Scriabin and Tchaikovsky.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Polonaise in Memory of Pushkin, Op. 49
  2. About Olden Times, Op.21b
  3. Scherzo No.1, Op.16
  4. Nenie, Op.16
  5. Musical Snuffbox, Op.32
  6. Dance of the Amazon, Op.65
  7. Fragment from the Apocalypse, Op.66
  8. Polonaise for the Unveiling of the Statue of Rubinstein, Op.55
  9. 8 Russian folk songs for orchestra, Op.58: Religious Chant
  10. 8 Russian folk songs for orchestra, Op.58: Christmas Carol
  11. 8 Russian folk songs for orchestra, Op.58: Melancholy Song
  12. 8 Russian folk songs for orchestra, Op.58: Melancholy Song
  13. 8 Russian folk songs for orchestra, Op.58: Humorous Song (I Danced with a Gnat)
  14. 8 Russian folk songs for orchestra, Op.58: Legend of the Birds
  15. 8 Russian folk songs for orchestra, Op.58: Cradle Song
  16. 8 Russian folk songs for orchestra, Op.58: Round Dance
  17. 8 Russian folk songs for orchestra, Op.58: Village Dance
  18. 3 Symphonic poems: Kikimora Op.63
  19. 3 Symphonic poems: The Enchanted Lake Op.62
  20. 3 Symphonic poems: Baba-Yaga Op.56