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Sir Simon Rattle conducts Rimsky-Korsakov, Borodin and Mussorgsky

Berliner Philharmoniker

Sir Simon Rattle conducts Rimsky-Korsakov, Borodin and Mussorgsky Berliner Philharmoniker

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In 2007 The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and Simon Rattle celebrated the New Year with Russian music.

Every year in Berlin, the ritual remains unchanged: The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra celebrates the New Year with a particularly festive concert. In 2007, the orchestra's musical director, Simon Rattle, conducted the concert. For the celebration to be complete, powerful Russian music producing an immediate effect was chosen, among the pieces were universally acclaimed favorites: The Polovetsian Dances and the Second Symphony by Alexander Borodin, the prelude to the Khovanshchina and the very famous Pictures at an Exhibition by Modest Mussorgsky orchestrated by Maurice Ravel.

Following in the footsteps of these two composers who belonged to the group "The Five" formed in Saint Petersburg in 1860 around Balakirev, was Dmitri Shostakovich, whose dance from the ballet The Golden Age Rattle gives as an encore and describes as "crazy music." The musicians from Berlin, whose reputation for excellence is firmly established, play these works with a pleasure that is clearly apparent.

Program

  • Alexander Borodin / Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Polovetsian Dances from the Opera "Prince Igor" (Orchestral version)
    • 1. Introduction
    • 2. Gliding Dance of the Maidens
    • 3. Wild Dance of the Men
    • 4. General Dance
    • 5. Dance of the Boys and Second Dance of the Men
    • 6. Gliding Dance of the Maidens (reprise)
    • 7. Dance of the Boys and Second Dance of the Men (reprise)
    • 8. General Dance
  • Alexander Borodin, Symphony No. 2 in B Minor
    • 1. Allegro
    • 2. Scherzo : Prestissimo – Allegretto
    • 3. Andante
    • 4. Finale : Allegro
  • Modest Mussorgsky, Khovanshchina
    • I, Prelude
  • Modest Mussorgsky / Maurice Ravel, Pictures at an Exhibition
    • Promenade
    • 1. Gnomus
    • Promenade
    • 2. Il Vecchio Castello
    • Promenade
    • 3. The Tuileries Gardens
    • 4. Bydlo ("Cattle")
    • Promenade
    • 5. Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks
    • 6. Samuel Goldenberg and Schmuyle
    • 7. Limoges - the marketplace
    • 8. Catacombae : Sepulchrum Romanum
    • Cum mortuis in lingua mortua
    • 9. The Hut on Hen's legs (Baba Yaga)
    • 10. The Great Gate of Kiev
  • Dmitri Shostakovich, The Golden Age, Ballet Suite, Op. 22a
    • Dance

Details

  • Directed by:
    • Elisabeth Malzer
  • Venue: Berlin Philharmonie (Berlin, Germany)
  • Production date: 2008
  • Recording date: 2007
  • Duration: 1 h 31 min
  • Production: © ZDF / Euroarts music international
  • Available version(s): EN
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