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Alexander Alyabiev (1787-1851)
« on: August 26, 2008, 10:42:08 AM »

Fuga Libera gets compliments for this issue. A composer we hardly know a thing of....

From their website :

Alexander Alexandrovich Alyabiev (1787-1851) is beyond any doubt the greatest Russian Musician of his generation (before Glinka). Why, then is he not known better ? Well…his life reads like a novel ; an officer with the imperial army, he was contaminated by liberal ideas in Paris in 1812 and got close to the Decembrist’s movement, which got him condemned in the 20ies and deported to Siberia a few years later. He there mixes and confronts Caucasian and « white » music (several decades before Borodin espouses the idea) and finally gets back to Moscow in 1843, in pretty poor health.

His famous romance, The Lark, which was later popularised by the variations by Glinka, Liszt and Vieuxtemps was actually written while he was in jail.  But this very lark hides an astounding number of other achievements: 5 Operas, 23 Vaudevilles, Symphonic music, Chamber music (long ago lovingly recorded by the Beethoven Quartet) and piano scores.

So where to start? Why not by this very beautiful symphonic programme, played by today’s best Russian chamber orchestra and its conductor, the superb cellist Alexander Rudin? We discover a very personal, inventive composer, reminiscent of young Schubert who clearly deserves better than his current fate!   

_ Overture to the vaudeville Tri desyatki, ili Novoe dvuhdnevnoe
prikljuchenie (Three Tens, or The New Two-day Adventure)
2_ Symphony No. 3 in E-minor (in one movement)
for four horns and orchestra
3_ Overture to the vaudeville Molodaya mat’ i zhenih v 48 let,
ili Domashnij spektakl‘ (Young Mother and the 48 Years Old Fiance,
or The House Party)
4_ Overture to the drama Otstupnik, ili Osada Korinfa
(The Apostate, or The Siege of Corinth)
5_ Variations on the Ukrainian theme Ehal kazak za Dunai
(The Cossack on the Danube) for violin and orchestra
6_ Burya (The Tempest), Symphonic Picture
7_ Overture to the vaudeville Utro i vecher, ili Veter peremenilsy
(Morning and Evening, or The Wind has Changed)
Volshebniy baraban, ili Sledstviye Volshebnoy fleyti, ballet suite
(The Magic Drum, or A Sequel to the Magic Flute)
« Last Edit: August 26, 2008, 10:43:49 AM by pjme »


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Re: Alexander Alyabiev (1787-1851)
« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2008, 03:52:08 PM »
I have some Alyabiev on an MCA disc that's devoted to Russian composers of his time period. Specifically his "Three Tens" overture and a suite from "The Magic Drum". Thanks for the headsup on this Fuga disc.

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Re: Alexander Alyabiev (1787-1851)
« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2008, 04:05:58 PM »
His famous romance, The Lark

Isn't it The Nightingale?


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Re: Alexander Alyabiev (1787-1851)
« Reply #3 on: August 31, 2008, 04:08:56 PM »
Maybe we should ask Messiaen.  ;)