Colorful music from the Ukraine, Gliere's lovely Suite from the ballet "Taras Bulba" is rooted firmly within the realm of Borodin. Yehven Stankovch's "Rasputin" Suite from 1990 is a work packed with original ideas and forward drive, in an idiom that is generally tonal yet clearly modern. The second movement is especially memorable with it's satirical, circus-like atmosphere which stylistically reminds me of Ervin Schulhoff in his earlier dadaist-influenced years. Delicious, swirling "prankster" music!
The evolution of Ukrainian symphonic thought is a dynamic and continuing process which has deep historical roots. At first glance Gliere and Stankovych may seem worlds apart, but a hereditary link exists between them which transcends both space and time.
Rheinhold Gliere is a worthy representative of late 19th century symphonic tradition, and I cannot think of a single score that does not enchant.
*I will add a proper amount of information on this disc late tonight, I must run for now!
*And thank you to everyone who has left comments the last couple days! I will go through them tonight, I look forward to this greatly as always :-)