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Russian Masquerade

Rudolf Barshai, Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra, Sakari Oramo, Jouni Kaipainen

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Visions fugitives, Op. 22 (Excerpts Orch. R. Barshai)  
1.1
I. Lentamente
Rudolf Barshai; Sergei Prokofiev; Rudolf Barshai; Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra; Sakari Oramo
1:09
1.2
II. Andante
Rudolf Barshai; Sergei Prokofiev; Rudolf Barshai; Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra; Sakari Oramo
1:19
1.3
III. Allegretto
Rudolf Barshai; Sergei Prokofiev; Rudolf Barshai; Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra; Sakari Oramo
0:58
1.4
IV. Animato
Rudolf Barshai; Sergei Prokofiev; Rudolf Barshai; Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra; Sakari Oramo
1:01
1.5
V. Molto giocoso
Rudolf Barshai; Sergei Prokofiev; Rudolf Barshai; Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra; Sakari Oramo
0:25
1.6
VI. Con eleganza
Rudolf Barshai; Sergei Prokofiev; Rudolf Barshai; Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra; Sakari Oramo
0:35
1.7
VIII. Comodo
Rudolf Barshai; Sergei Prokofiev; Rudolf Barshai; Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra; Sakari Oramo
1:19
1.8
IX. Allegretto tranquillo
Rudolf Barshai; Sergei Prokofiev; Rudolf Barshai; Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra; Sakari Oramo
1:12
1.9
X. Ridicolosamente
Rudolf Barshai; Sergei Prokofiev; Rudolf Barshai; Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra; Sakari Oramo
1:05
1.10
XI. Con vivacità
Rudolf Barshai; Sergei Prokofiev; Rudolf Barshai; Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra; Sakari Oramo
1:05
1.11
XII. Assai moderato
Rudolf Barshai; Sergei Prokofiev; Rudolf Barshai; Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra; Sakari Oramo
1:09
1.12
XIII. Allegretto
Rudolf Barshai; Sergei Prokofiev; Rudolf Barshai; Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra; Sakari Oramo
0:46
1.13
XIV. Feroce
Rudolf Barshai; Sergei Prokofiev; Rudolf Barshai; Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra; Sakari Oramo
1:09
1.14
XV. Inquieto
Rudolf Barshai; Sergei Prokofiev; Rudolf Barshai; Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra; Sakari Oramo
0:56
1.15
XVI. Dolente
Rudolf Barshai; Sergei Prokofiev; Rudolf Barshai; Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra; Sakari Oramo
2:50
24 Preludes, Op. 11 (Excerpts Arr. J. Kaipainen for Orchestra)  
1.16
No. 13 in G-Flat Major
Jouni Kaipainen; Alexander Scriabin; Jouni Kaipainen; Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra; Sakari Oramo
1:59
1.17
No. 14 in E-Flat Minor
Jouni Kaipainen; Alexander Scriabin; Jouni Kaipainen; Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra; Sakari Oramo
1:18
1.18
No. 9 in E Major
Jouni Kaipainen; Alexander Scriabin; Jouni Kaipainen; Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra; Sakari Oramo
2:09
1.19
No. 2 in A Minor
Jouni Kaipainen; Alexander Scriabin; Jouni Kaipainen; Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra; Sakari Oramo
2:17
1.20
No. 7 in A Major
Jouni Kaipainen; Alexander Scriabin; Jouni Kaipainen; Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra; Sakari Oramo
1:02
1.21
No. 8 in F-Sharp Minor
Jouni Kaipainen; Alexander Scriabin; Jouni Kaipainen; Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra; Sakari Oramo
1:32
1.22
No. 15 in D-Flat Major
Jouni Kaipainen; Alexander Scriabin; Jouni Kaipainen; Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra; Sakari Oramo
2:16
1.23
No. 16 in B-Flat Minor
Jouni Kaipainen; Alexander Scriabin; Jouni Kaipainen; Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra; Sakari Oramo
1:31
1.24
No. 17 in A-Flat Major
Jouni Kaipainen; Alexander Scriabin; Jouni Kaipainen; Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra; Sakari Oramo
0:44
1.25
No. 18 in F Minor
Jouni Kaipainen; Alexander Scriabin; Jouni Kaipainen; Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra; Sakari Oramo
0:47
1.26
No. 23 in F Major
Jouni Kaipainen; Alexander Scriabin; Jouni Kaipainen; Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra; Sakari Oramo
0:59
1.27
No. 6 in B Minor
Jouni Kaipainen; Alexander Scriabin; Jouni Kaipainen; Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra; Sakari Oramo
0:58
1.28
No. 5 in D Major
Jouni Kaipainen; Alexander Scriabin; Jouni Kaipainen; Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra; Sakari Oramo
2:19
Variations on a Theme by Tchaikovsky, Op. 35a  
1.29
Theme. Moderato
Anton Arensky; Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra; Sakari Oramo
1:09
1.30
Var. 1, Un poco più mosso
Anton Arensky; Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra; Sakari Oramo
1:28
1.31
Var. 2, Allegro non troppo
Anton Arensky; Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra; Sakari Oramo
1:08
1.32
Var. 3, Andantino tranquillo
Anton Arensky; Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra; Sakari Oramo
1:29
1.33
Var. 4, Vivace
Anton Arensky; Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra; Sakari Oramo
1:30
1.34
Var. 5, Andante
Anton Arensky; Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra; Sakari Oramo
2:24
1.35
Var. 6, Allegro con spirito
Anton Arensky; Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra; Sakari Oramo
1:21
1.36
Var. 7, Andante con moto
Anton Arensky; Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra; Sakari Oramo
1:23
1.37
Coda. Moderato
Anton Arensky; Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra; Sakari Oramo
1:43
Elegy for string orchestra  
1.38
TH 51
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky; Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra; Sakari Oramo
7:55
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    58:19
Composed in Russia between 1884 and 1917, the four works appearing on this album all do so in some kind of disguise. Prokofiev and Scriabin both conceived their respective collections for the piano, and it is later arrangers that have adapted them for string orchestra. Rudolf Barshai took on Prokofiev’s Visions Fugitives in 1962, selecting 15 of the 20 brief pieces and arranging them for his own ensemble, the Moscow Chamber Orchestra. Scriabin’s Preludes received a similar treatment in 1999 when the Finnish composer Jouni Kaipainen chose 13 from the original 24, rearranging the order they appear in and transposing them in some cases.

As for Anton Arensky (1861—1909), he composed his set of variations as the third movement of a string quartet, taking the theme from a song by Tchaikovsky and letting it undergo a series of transformations. Cheered by the success of the piece, he made his own arrangement for larger forces, a version which remains one of his best-known works. Tchaikovsky’s Elegy, finally, is actually heard here as it was composed, in 1884, but the piece saw the light of day as ‘A Thankful Greeting’ and was renamed ‘Elegy’ only at the time of publication, before making a final reappearance, as part of the composer’s music to Hamlet.

The four works are performed by the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra, one of Finland’s finest ensembles, conducted by its artistic director Sakari Oramo.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – BIS Records Studio Masters

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