Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, Richard Hayman, Kenneth Jean, Stephen Gunzenhauser, Michael Halasz (conductors)
The Places - The tour starts in Uzbekistan, of which there are later glimpses. There is a visit to the historic Russian town of Suzdal and scenes from St Petersburg as well as from Ukraine. It would be impossible to avoid the Russian winter, which appears in various guises, providing entertainment for some and for others
a seemingly enchanted snow-bound landscape.
The Music - The music for the tour is taken from Russian composers who were, by and large, thoroughly imbued with the spirit of their country. This is reflected in Lyadov's arrangement of a series folk-songs and his translation of Russian legend into music. Other composers represented are Ippolitov-Ivanov, Kabalevsky and Anton Rubinstein, with two well known excerpts from unfinished operas by Mussorgsky.
Ippolitov-Ivanov Caucasian Sketches - Procession of the Sardar, Lyadov Eight Russian Folk-Songs, Kabalevsky Comedian's Galop, Mussorgsky The Fair at Sorochintsy - Gopak, Khovanshchina - Dance of the Persian Slaves; Lyadov Baba Yaga Op 56, The Enchanted Lake Op 62, Kikimora Op 63, Rubinstein Feramors - Dance of the Bayaderes No 2, Bridal Procession
Running Time: 57 min