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CMR012(wc) LARIN ~ Two Watercolors (Dve akvareli) ssaa, s solo $2.45
Alexei Larin (b. 1954) is one of the most active composers in Russia today, having written numerous works for chorus, for ensembles of Russian folk instruments, as well as for various classical instruments. His works have been widely performed and recorded by Russian and non-Russian soloists and ensembles. As the title suggests, “Two Watercolors”—1. Spring and 2. On a Clear Morning—are two “musical “paintings” employing lovely nature poetry by Ivan Bunin (1870–1953), the first Russian writer to win the Nobel Prize for Literature (in 1933).
(Both choruses are also available individually: cat. No. CMR012-1(wc) and CMR012-2(wc)
CMR013(wc) LARIN ~ Spanish Solfeggio (Ispanskoye sol’fedzhio) ssa, s solo $2.95
“Spanish solfeggio” was composed in 1999. The composer had long been intrigued with the idea of choral music that would not require translation. This work is his first experiment along those lines. The text is comprised of note names (solfege syllables) and other random syllables taken from Spanish folksongs (having no particular meaning). The driving Spanish rhythms, punctuated with body percussion, make this piece a challenging yet highly effective multi-cultural program closer.
PS044(wc) GLIÈRE ~ O’er the Mirror (Nad glad’yu zerkal’noy), op. 55, No. 1 ssaa $2.45
PS045(wc) GLIÈRE ~ The Isle (Iz moria smotrit ostrovok), op. 55, No. 2 ssaa $2.45
In his Opus 55, Reinhold Glière (1875–1956) a Russian composer of German-Polish ancestry, creates two quintessentially Romantic part-songs, featuring dreamy Romantic poetry and evocative chromatic harmonies, stirred by great surges of musical emotion. Both choruses use poetry by Konstantin Balmont (1867–1942), one of the most prominent poets of Russia’s “Silver Age”—the first, a portion of a love sonnet, and the second, Balmont’s translation of a poem by Percy Bysshe Shelley. Both pieces also contain a German translation underlaid in the music. Virtually unknown, Glière’s choral pieces make a wonderful addition to the repertoire of part songs for women’s voices.
—Notes by Vladimir Morosan
Table of Contents
|1||Alexei Larin||Two Watercolors (Spring and On a Clear Morning)|
|2||Alexei Larin||Spanish Solfeggio|
|3||Reinhold Gliere||O'er the Mirror-Like Smoothness|
|4||Reinhold Gliere||The Isle|