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  • Audio CD (November 20, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos
  • Run Time: 59 minutes
  • ASIN: B00005QJFQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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By Joshua Grasso on February 16, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This is a very timely reissue of one of my favorite Marco Polo discs--and a very affordable one at that (the original cost me 18.99!). An indespensible program for lovers of Russian Romanticism, Liadov's miniatures easily take their place among Rimsky-Korsakov, Borodin, and Balakirev, conjuring up a world of fairy tales, spectacle, nostalgia, and folk song. This disc represents the breadth of Liadov's abilities, from the celebratory Polonaises, the orchestral wizardy of "Baba Yaga" and "Kikimora," the folksong-inspired Ballade and Mazurka, and the otherwordly "Enchanted Lake" and "From the Apocalypse." Though unable to write a truly "big" work, Liadov left us with innumerable orchestral gems that, taken as a whole, easily add up to a Golden Cockerel, or Prince Igor. However, it does make you wonder what would have happened had Liadov actually completed his projected "Firebird" ballet...
An exciting and highly rewarding disc, even if the sound isn't quite top notch (but the performances are quite good so it all balances out).
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Liadov composed 14 published orchestral works.
They time out at 90 minutes:
10 minutes longer than can be squeezed onto a single CD.

This CD includes two rarities:
- Intermezzo in B-flat Major, Op. 8 (1883, orchestrated 1906) - only recording?
- Mazurka for Orchestra, Op.16 "Village Scene by the Inn" (1887) - also recorded by Sinaisky/BBC

If you want the "Complete Orchestral Works of Liadov", buy this CD and Complete Orchestral Works (only 12 works - misleading title)
Shpiller/Krasnoyarsk Symphony (Brilliant Classics)

Two inexpensive CDs.
You now have all 14 published Orchestral Works of Liadov (8 duplicates).
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1) Intermezzo in B-flat major, Op. 8 (1883, orch 1906) - Gunzenhauser

2) Scherzo in D major, Op. 16 (1879-1886) - Shpiller

3) Mazurka for Orchestra "Village Scene by the Inn", Op. 19 (1887) - Gunzenhauser

4) Ballade in D major "About Olden Times", Op. 21b (1889) - Shpiller and Gunzenhauser

5) Musical Snuff-Box in A major, Op. 32 (1893, orch 1897) - Shpiller

6) Polonaise in C major "In Memory of Pushkin", Op. 49 (1899) - Shpiller and Gunzenhauser

7) Polonaise in D major, Op. 55 (1902) - Shpiller and Gunzenhauser

8) Baba Yaga, Op. 56 (1891-1904) - Shpiller and Gunzenhauser

9) Eight Russian Folksongs, Op. 58 (1906) - Shpiller

10) The Enchanted Lake, Op. 62 (1909) - Shpiller and Gunzenhauser

11) Kikimora, Op. 63 (1909) - Shpiller and Gunzenhauser

12) Dance of the Amazon, Op.
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I love this music, but my ears keep telling me these are unexceptional performances with flat engineering. I have to go with my ears, because I am also familiar with Gunzenhauser's disappointing survey of Beethoven's overtures for Naxos with the same orchestra. So he seems to specialize in lost opportunities. Have to take this kind of music almost over the top to make it hop. Unfortunately, there aren't many collections of Liadov.
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I have just recently starting listening to Liadov. "The Enchanted Lake" came on my Pandora Debussy station and I immediately bought this CD. The first track "Baba Yaga" is an interesting piece about a witch who eats children and flies a broom. There are a few ballet pieces but "The Enchanted Lake" is so far my favorite: the composition, the movements are so beautiful.
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Anatoly Lyadov, an artist of first-rate talent and third-rate work ethic, produced maybe six short orchestral works that have survived the century since they were written, each a beautifully-orchestrated quasi-impressionist program piece. This disc, from the unheralded émigré American Stephen Gunzenhauser and the Slovak Philharmonic, is better than most budget releases and has several outstanding interpretations to offer. It is an excellent place to acquaint yourself with Lyadov's beguiling and sophisticated art.

One of Lyadov's most memorable efforts is the "Enchanted Lake" (1909), nine minutes of masterful nature painting. Gunzenhauser perfectly judges the balance of orchestral groups to create a shimmering and serene vision, the best version of this jewel-like tone poem I've heard, with the slow oscillating chords paced naturally. Truly a treat. The disc also gives us very sensitive and effective interpretations of Lyadov's brooding and somber "Nenie" (1914, his final composition) and "Kikimora" (1909). The rendition of "Kikimora" boasts both excellent structural control and sensitivity to coloristic details. The dark "From the apocalypse" (ominously dated 1914) ends the disc and is played well.

Lyadov's small body of orchestral music forced the inclusion of pieces of secondary interest like the mazurkas and polonaises. More significant works such as "About olden times" (listed as the Ballade, Op. 21, from 1889) and "Baba Yaga" (1904) are also played. Not programmed are the Russian Folksongs (1906) or the Amazon dance (1910), which may have been better selections.

The ensemble of Gunzenhauser and the Slovak Philharmonic isn't always perfect but the playing is musical and the textures well judged, so overlook the budget provenance and you will find a good, and sometimes beautiful, performance. Sound is surprisingly good for a 1985 vintage digital recording.
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