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Russian musical culture - both operatic and symphonic - draws
attention by the multiplicity of the two West-European dances: polonaises and
waltzes. Theses dances first took root in the Russian "artistic
soil" and gave rise to many masterpieces. They are
an original and remarkable phenomenon of Russian music. While
instrumental and choral polonaises were written by the predecessors of M. Glinka,
it was he who transformed the polonaise from an attribute of court life into a
genuine Russian art.
A. Glazunov enriched the history of the Russian waltz by his
symphonic pieces and ballet scenes.
"Waltz Capriccio", with its close connection to Russian
natural folk color, is one of A. Rubinstein's best symphonic works.
P. Tchaikovsky's waltzes are a precious page of Russian musical
heritage. His waltz from the opera "Eugene Onegin" shows well
his inspiration and high dramatic art. The entire scene of the "Ball
at the Larins" is based on this waltz.
The Polish solemn dance-procession, polonaise, penetrated into
Russian life and influenced composers' creative activity even at the end of the
18th century. Polonaises from "Cherevichki" and "Sleeping
Beauty" by Tchaikovsky, "Boris Godunov" by M. Mussorgsky,
and "Christmas Eve" by N. Rimsky-Korsakov bring a feeling of festivity
to these operas.
Waltzes and Polonaises by Russian Composers
1. Waltz from the ballet "Raymonda" - 5:15
2. Waltz from the ballet "Lady Soubrette" - 6:11
3. Waltz from "Ballet
Suite", Op. 52 - 5:44
4. Waltz capriccio - 6:11
5. Waltz from the opera "Eugene Onegin" - 6:33
6. Polonaise from the opera
"Christmas Eve" - 4:39
7. Polonaise from the opera "Pan Voyevoda" - 6:52
8. Introduction and Polonaise from the opera "Boris Godunov" - 6:35
9. Polonaise from "Ballet Suite", Op. 52 - 5:33
10. Polonaise from the
opera "Cherevichki" - 6:10
11. Polonaise form the ballet "Sleeping Beauty" - 4:04
USSR Symphony Orchestra
Conductor, Evgeni Svetlanov