This unique 2016 album features a host of previously unknown musical works from the courts of five Russian Tsars, all of which (with one exception) have never been released outside of Russia. With scores provided by the Russian Institute for the History of the Arts, the University of Georgia Music Department has resurrected these once forgotten works with authenticity and aplomb.
Featured here are three marches for band composed for Tsar Nicholas I in 1834 by Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868). The album also presents nine other, mostly unknown works from the institute’s archives (including several more marches by little-known composers), along with a period arrangement for band of the Russian Imperial Anthem "God Save the Tsar."
Featuring performances by the University of Georgia’s Hugh Hodgson School of Music, the CD is accompanied by a twenty-eight page color illustrated booklet with extensive notes by project director George C. Foreman; these provide thorough background information on each work presented and place them within the broader context of Russian and Romanov history.
Complete Contents Include:
Marche Tactique, 1799 (Eudoxie de Bologovsky)
Polonaise for Two Flutes (Osip Antonovich Kozlovsky)
Quintet for Two Clarinets, Two Horns and Bassoon (Anon.)
God Save the Tsar - Russian Imperial Anthem, 1833 (Alexei Fyodrovich Lvov)
Passage du Balcan - Marche (Gioachino Rossini)
Prise d'Erivan - Marche (Gioachino Rossini)
Assaut de Varsovie - Marche (Gioachino Rossini)
Alexander Marsch 1838 (Eduard Wenzel)
March on the Occasion of the Solemn Arrival of Princess Maria in Saint Petersburg, 1840 (Ivan Chapievsky)
Bryllups Marsch (August Söderman / Arr. August Otto Dehn)
Danische National Lieder, 1875 (Alexander Hirsemann)
Fantasie militaire pour deux pianos et Cor de signal (Anonymous)
Total Playing Time: 72:26
Posted by Brian Libby on 29th Dec 2016
One would not expect a recording of obscure Russian marches and instrumental pieces, with a scholarly 30-page booklet, to come from the University of Georgia (the Georgia in the USA). The pieces include a "Quintet for 2 clarinets, 2 horns, and bassoon' by Anonymous, a 20-minute "Fantasie militaire for 2 pianos and signal horn', also by Anonymous, and three marches by Rossini (!) celebrating Russian military victories in the Russo-Turkish War of 1828-29. The ensemble plays very well. This is certainly an outlier in the field of historical music--these are not all marches--which can be recommended for connoisseurs of the obscure but very interesting.
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