White Nights / Russian Showpieces

WHITE NIGHTS

White Nights
Chorus of the Kirov Opera, St. Petersburg Ě Kirov Orchestra, St Petersburg
Gergiev
Int. Release 04 Jan. 2010
1 CD / Download
0289 478 2122 9


Track List

Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka (1804 - 1857)
Ruslan And Lyudmila

Act 1

1.
4:53

Kirov Orchestra, St Petersburg, Valery Gergiev

Aram Il'yich Khachaturian (1903 - 1978)
Gayaneh

2.
2:14

Valery Gergiev, Kirov Orchestra, St Petersburg

Spartacus

Kirov Orchestra, St Petersburg, Valery Gergiev

Alexander Borodin (1833 - 1887)
Polovtsian Dances From Prince Igor

Kirov Chorus, St Petersburg, Kirov Orchestra, St Petersburg, Valery Gergiev

Prince Igor

Arranged by N. Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908)

Act 2

Anatol Constantinovich Liadov (1855 - 1914)
7.
7:54

Kirov Orchestra, St Petersburg, Valery Gergiev

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840 - 1893)
Royal Dutch Marine Band, members, Kirov Orchestra, St Petersburg, Valery Gergiev

Total Playing Time: 59:50

Gergiev and the Kirov Orchestra and Chorus present an interpretation that's more thrilling than most others: the recording has a breakneck momentum through to the end, and the men's dances -- the General Dance in particular -- have a menacing, violent quality to them. It's as if Gergiev wanted you to remember that war is a central part of "Prince Igor's" plot.