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Poem of Ecstasy / Pagan Poem / Raymonda


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1. The Poem Of Ecstasy, Op.54
2. A Pagan Poem (After Virgil) Op.57
3. Raymonda - Ballet Suite, Op.57: Introduction: In The Castle
4. Raymonda - Ballet Suite, Op.57: Dance Of The Pages And Young Girls
5. Raymonda - Ballet Suite, Op.57: Arrival Of The Stranger
6. Raymonda - Ballet Suite, Op.57: Entrance Of Raymonda
7. Raymonda - Ballet Suite, Op.57: Moonlight
8. Raymonda - Ballet Suite, Op.57: Prelude And La Romanesca
9. Raymonda - Ballet Suite, Op.57: Variations
10. Raymonda - Ballet Suite, Op.57: Raymonda's Dream
11. Raymonda - Ballet Suite, Op.57: Spanish Dance
12. Raymonda - Ballet Suite, Op.57: Valse Fantasque
13. Raymonda - Ballet Suite, Op.57: Grand Adagio
14. Raymonda - Ballet Suite, Op.57: Raymonda's Variation
15. Raymonda - Ballet Suite, Op.57: Arab Boys' Dance
16. Raymonda - Ballet Suite, Op.57: Entrance Of The Saracens
17. Raymonda - Ballet Suite, Op.57: Love Triumphant - Wedding Feast

Product Details

  • Conductor: Rosenthal
  • Composer: Scriabin, Loeffler, Glazounov
  • Audio CD (September 8, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00000AF4Y
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #714,579 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Patrick W. Crabtree VINE VOICE on June 21, 2008
"The Poem of Ecstasy" (op. 54, 18:54) has always been one of my favorite Scriabin works. Of course, Scriabin eventually unfortunately went stark raving mad, before he could complete his grand opus, "The Mysterium". But the instant work is flavoured a bit like The Mysterium's Prefatory Act, (which we DO have) and I like that piece too. In any case, this is a fine rendition of "The Poem of Ecstasy," a coursing and moody tone poem.

Loeffler's "A Pagan Poem" (op. 14, 24:05) is an atmospheric, meandering orchestral tone poem that is nothing short of superb. The music incorporates just enough piano to be interesting but not overwhelming. It manifests the essential core of modern music, reminiscent of Debussy and Ravel, only a bit more "noir". I`m really crazy about this piece and it's one that I'll be playing over and over again.

The CD contains a disclaimer about this specific piece: "...portions of the original Loeffler master tapes suffer from a degree of technical problems not correctable in the [digital] re-mastering process." I just wanted to assure potential buyers that there's nothing too horrific here, which is exactly the standard of excellence that we would all expect in an "EMI Classics" release.

Alexander Glazounov's (Glazunov) "Raymonda" (Ballet Suite, op. 57, 23:47) is a more highly structured and lighthearted work than the previous two entries. It consists of 15 movements entitled thus: 1. Introduction: In the Castle; 2. Dance of the Pages and Young Girls; 3. Arrival of the Stranger 4; Entrance of Raymonda; 5. Moonlight; 6. Prelude and La Romanesca; 7. Variations; 8. Raymonda's Dream; 9. Spanish Dance; 10. Valse Fantastique; 11. Grand Adagio; 12. Raymonda's Variation; 13. Arab Boy's Dance; 14. Entrance of the Saracens, and; 15.
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