Gayaneh, Masquerade and Spartacus excerpts. TCHAIKOVSKY: Eugene Onegin, Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty excerpts. BORODIN: Polovtsian Dances.
Philharmonia of Russia; Constantin Orbelian, cond.
DELOS DS 3288 (5 channel) TT: 65:12
A program of Russian favorites played by a smallish-sounding
orchestra recorded in an overly-reverberant hall, opening with "Sabre
Dance" from Khachaturian's Gayaneh, a performance marred
by imprecise orchestral playing. The "Spiritual Revival Choir
of Moscow," bathed
in echo, assists in the Borodin Polovtsian Dances. The overall
effect is not unpleasing, but less resonance might have resulted in more
VIVALDI: The Four
Seasons. Concertos Op. 8 Nos. 5 and 6.
Massimo Quarta, violin/Moscow Chamber Orch; Constantin Orbelian, cond.
DELOS SACD 3280 (5 channel) TT: 56:32
Vivaldi's most famous violin concertos, the first four of his Op. 8, known as The
Four Seasons, are given rather rough treatment in this performance by Massimo
Quarta. Although he has quite impressive credentials, his tone is wiry,
even in the super-resonant acoustic of the studio in which the recording was
made. Even with inclusion of two other Vivaldi concertos, the playing time
of this CD is less than one hour.