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   The various pieces of this program represent the solidarity of Russian composers, without which they would not exist.
   Suite in D minor by M. Balakirev is an orchestration of Chopin's piano pieces: Etude in E flat minor, Op. 10 No. 6, Mazurka in C major, Op. 41 No. 3, Nocturne in G minor Op. 15 No. 3 and Scherzo C Sharp minor, Op. 39.  During his life, Balakirev greatly admired the genius of the Polish composer and in 1981, Balakirev visited the place of F. Chopin's birth, Zhelyazova Vola where he spent a lot of effort in order to organize a memorial museum and create a monument for the composer.  Balakirev was present at the museum's opening.  The Suite is an Offertorium to Chopin, dedicated in admiration.
   Borodin's Polovtsian Danes and Chorus and Polovstian March are from his opera "Prince Igor", a piece the composer worked on during his entire life, but never completed. Rimsky-Korsakov and Glazunov finished the opera after his death.
   "Night on Bald Mountain" by Mussorgsky was created as part of "Mlada", an opera-ballet written collectively by several different composers.  The orchestral version of this part was made by Rimsky-Korsakov after the death of the composer.

 M. Balakirev
(1837 - 1910)

    Suite in D minor of Four Pieces by F. Chopin
1. Preambule (Etude) - 5:08
2. Mazurka - 3:49
3. Intermezzo (Nocturne) - 6:44
4. Finale (Scherzo) - 6:42

A. Borodin
(1833 - 1887)

    from "Prince Igor"
5. Polovtsian Dances and Chorus (Act II) - 10:50
6. Polovtsian March (Act III) - 5:32

M. Mussorgsky
(1839 - 1881)

7. Night on Bald Mountain (Fantasia for Symphony Orchestra,
    Edition and Instrumentation by N.  Rimsky-Korsakov) - 11:00

    Two Choirs with Orchestra
8. Destruction of Sennacherib (after G. G. Byron) - 5:55
9. Jesus Navinus (text from Bible arranged) - 5:34

             Total time - 51:27

The USSR TV and Radio Large Chorus
Artistic Director, Klavdi Ptitsa
The Moscow Chamber Choir
Artistic Director, Vladimir Minin
The Novosibirsk Chamber Choir
Artistic Director, Boris Pevzner
The USSR Symphony Orchestra
Conductor, Evgeni Svetlanov