Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Vasily Kalinnikov - Tsar Boris - Epic Poem - The Cedar & The Palm - The Nymphs

Vasily Kalinnikov is a composer that I'm extremely fond of. The most frustrating thing about that is his output is rather small; Two Symphonies (both excellent), the orchestral music on this disc, plus (I think) another five orchestral works, some piano music, and some vocal and choral music. If he hadn't died so very young (shortly before his 35th birthday) there would have surely have been a wealth of colorful and richly crafted works to be cherished. He was a Russian Nationalist composer in spirit, and I do so love that whole (slightly earlier) school of composers (Balakirev, Rimsky-Korsakov, Borodin...) very much. Kalinnikov remained in poverty for his entire life (He was to attend the Moscow Conservatory but could not afford the tuition fees for example) He played violin, bassoon and timpani in local orchestras and made a meager amount of money as a music copyist. Tchaikovsky admired Kalinnikov and warmly recommended Kalinnikov to be the director of the Maly Theater, and later that same year to the Moscow Italian Theater. But due to his worsening health, Kalinnikov had to resign from his theater appointments and move to the warmer southern clime of the Crimea. He lived in Yalta for the rest of his tragically short and fragile life.

Kalinnikov_ Tsar_Boris_Epic_Poem_Tz.zip



Anonymous said...

Muchas gracias!!!! Difícil de encontrar este autor ruso...andaba buscando hace tiempo Incidental Music to Alexey Tostot's drama!!! Saludooooos!

Anonymous said...

Thanks Tzadik,super opus del ruso!!Please,very please,por favor Master,another symphony,nr.3(1982)of Lou Harrison? gracias,abrazo,mi amigo!! Tapirman

Tzadik said...

Hola amigo anon :) Usted es muy agradable! Mantenga disfrutando el blog (I'm sure the translation is awkward but oh well...point is I hope you enjoy!) Tz

Tzadik said...

Hola Tapirman you are as always quite welcome. I have the Lou Harrison, as soon as I find it I shall add it for you. -Tz