Greetings everyone. Among other things I have the worst of colds and therefore I won't be really writing much of anything about the music, my eyes are too tired and glassy to do so. This is especially frustrating to me as these absolutely classic Ippolitov-Ivanov discs on Marco Polo are extremely important to me for several reasons, and bring back memories too of (further) 'falling in love' with Russian music; my ears have taken 1000's of enchanted journeys to Tblisi, Georgia, on to Uzbek terrain, and further imagined stops in the hometowns of my ancestors- St. Petersburg, Moscow, Kiev, Odessa, Boguslav...
Along with the Marco Polo discs of Ippolitov-Ivanov's "Symphony No. 1" and the "Caucasian Sketches" (there are almost countless recordings of the Sketches, many with better sound than
the Marco Polo, but still the early disc is just so very comforting and nostalgic for me) this
collection of Orchestral Works is pure bliss. Enjoy!