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Blok, Alexander (piano)

Alexander Blok (piano)

Born in Moscow in 1957, Alexander Blok graduated from the Gniessin Academy of Music, Moscow, in two specialities: piano under Professor V M Tropp and composition under Professor G I Litinsky. As a principal soloist with the Moscow Concert Philharmonic, he performs as concert pianist and chamber music leader, and he has toured Germany, Italy, Finland, Norway and the United States as well as in the CIS states.

He joined the USSR Composer's Union in 1985. His significant output includes works for string orchestra, solo piano, vocal, chamber and ballet music.

Mr Blok has partnered Vassily Savenko since 1989 and they have made numerous archive recordings together for the former USSR Moscow Radio. Savenko premiered his song cycle Dreams at London's Wigmore Hall in 1994: described by one critic as 'a surrealist fairytale in a modern urban setting', the work was enthusiastically received. 'Blok's five songs set to Russian translations of poems by PauI Eluard made most impression in the intensity of its writing for the piano, especially in the fourth song, Pursued, with its dreamlike realism of night sparkling through chandeliers in a deserted castle where violence lurks at any turn' (Opera Now).

Albums
'English Poets, Russian Romances' (CDA67274)
English Poets, Russian Romances
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'Russian Images, Vol. 1' (CDA67105)
Russian Images, Vol. 1
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'Russian Images, Vol. 2' (CDA67205)
Russian Images, Vol. 2
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Alphabetical listing of all musical works
10 Sonnets, Op 52 (Kabalevsky)
A farewell to St Petersburg (Glinka)
Arion, Op 34 No 5 (Rachmaninov)
Blagoslavlyayu vas, lesa 'I bless you, forests'  No 5 of Sem Romansov 'Seven Romances', Op 47 (Tchaikovsky)
Blazhennykh snov ushla zvezda 'The star of blessed dreams', Op 17 No 4 (Taneyev)
Davno l' pod volshebnye zvuki 'Was it so long ago to enchanting strains', Op 49 No 5 (Arensky)
Dlya beregov otchizny dal'noy 'For the shores of your far homeland' (Borodin)
Drug s drugom sosny obnyalis' 'We paused amid the pines that stood'  No 3 of Vospominaniye 'Recollection' 'Suite', Op 71 (Arensky)
Dvenadtsat' Romansov 'Twelve Romances', Op 60 (Tchaikovsky)
Elegiya: Yapomnyu gluboko 'Elegy: I remember' (Dargomïzhsky)
I dolgo myi, sklonivshi vzor 'We paused beside the pools that lie'  No 5 of Vospominaniye 'Recollection' 'Suite', Op 71 (Arensky)
I drugnuli vragi 'And the foes stood trembling', Op 26 No 8 (Taneyev)
Iz divnykh dney 'Now the last day of many years'  No 1 of Vospominaniye 'Recollection' 'Suite', Op 71 (Arensky)
K moryu 'To the sea'  No 3 of Three Romances (Mosolov)
Kabï znala ya 'If only I had known'  No 1 of Sem Romansov 'Seven Romances', Op 47 (Tchaikovsky)
Kak sladko s toboyu mne byt 'Ah the sweetness of being beside you' (Glinka)
Kak tikho vsyo! 'How calm it was!'  No 4 of Vospominaniye 'Recollection' 'Suite', Op 71 (Arensky)
Korolevski pokhod 'The king's campaign', Op 62 No 6 (Shostakovich)
Lesa dremuchiye 'Dense forests', Op 26 No 5 (Taneyev)
Mechty v odinochestve vyanut 'My thoughts arise and fade', Op 17 No 2 (Taneyev)
Mel'nik 'The Miller' (Dargomïzhsky)
Meri 'Mary' (Glinka)
Minuvshiye dni 'Time long past', Op 14 No 4 (Lyatoshinsky)
Moy geni, moy angel, moy drug 'My genius, my angel, my friend' (Tchaikovsky)
Muza 'The muse', Op 34 No 1 (Rachmaninov)
Na kholmakh Gruzii 'The hills of Georgia', Op 3 No 4 (Rimsky-Korsakov)
Nad morem spal sosnovy les 'We wander'd to the pine forest'  No 2 of Vospominaniye 'Recollection' 'Suite', Op 71 (Arensky)
Nayvshche shchastya! 'Supreme happiness', Op 37 No 2 (Lyatoshinsky)
Ne poy, krasavitsa, pri mne 'Do not sing to me, fair maiden', Op 4 No 4 (Rachmaninov)
Ne ver moy drug 'Do not believe me'  No 1 of Shest Romansov 'Six Romances', Op 6 (Tchaikovsky)
Nespyashchikh solntse, grustnaya zvezda 'Sun of the sleepless', Op 41 No 1 (Rimsky-Korsakov)
Nezhdannyi dozhd' 'Unexpected rain', Op 28 No 1 (Medtner)
Nochi bezumnïye 'Frenzied nights'  No 6 of Dvenadtsat' Romansov 'Twelve Romances', Op 60 (Tchaikovsky)
Nochnoy zefir 'Night Zephyr' (Dargomïzhsky)
O deva chudnaya moya 'Oh wonderful girl of mine'  No 3 of A farewell to St Petersburg (Glinka)
Oboymi, potseluy 'Embrace, kiss' (Balakirev)
Ona kak polden' khorosha 'She is as beautiful as noon', Op 14 No 9 (Rachmaninov)
Osen 'Autumn', Op 27 No 2 (Arensky)
Ostrovok 'The islet', Op 14 No 2 (Rachmaninov)
Ostrovok 'The islet', Op 17 No 1 (Taneyev)
Ozymandiya 'Ozymandias' 'Sonnet', Op 15 (Lyatoshinsky)
Pes'n Saula pered boyem 'Tsar Saul. Song of Saul before battle' (Musorgsky)
Pesnya Mefistofelya o blokhe 'Mephistopheles' song of the flea' (Musorgsky)
Pesnya Zyuleyki 'Zuleika's song', Op 26 No 4 (Rimsky-Korsakov)
Poputnaya pesnya 'Travel song'  No 6 of Proshchaniye s Peterburgom 'A farewell to St Petersburg' (Glinka)
Pora! 'It is time', Op 14 No 12 (Rachmaninov)
Proshchaniye s Peterburgom 'A farewell to St Petersburg' (Glinka)
Pust' otsvuchit 'Music, when soft voices die', Op 17 No 3 (Taneyev)
Sem Romansov 'Seven Romances', Op 47 (Tchaikovsky)
Serenada Don-Zhuana 'Don Juan's serenade'  No 1 of Shest Romansov 'Six Romances', Op 38 (Tchaikovsky)
Shest Romansov 'Six Romances', Op 38 (Tchaikovsky)
Shest Romansov 'Six Romances', Op 6 (Tchaikovsky)
Slyeza drozhit 'A tear trembles'  No 4 of Shest Romansov 'Six Romances', Op 6 (Tchaikovsky)
Snovideniye 'A dream', Op 17 No 3 (Arensky)
Somneniye 'Doubt' (Glinka)
Sonnet 153  No 5 of 10 Sonnets, Op 52 (Kabalevsky)
Sonnet 27  No 2 of 10 Sonnets, Op 52 (Kabalevsky)
Sonnet 66, Op 62 No 5 (Shostakovich)
Sonnet 8  No 7 of 10 Sonnets, Op 52 (Kabalevsky)
Sred' shumnovo bala 'Amid the din of the ball'  No 3 of Shest Romansov 'Six Romances', Op 38 (Tchaikovsky)
Sred shumnovo bala 'At the ball'  No 3 of Shest Romansov 'Six Romances', Op 38 (Tchaikovsky)
Stansy 'Stanzas' (Glinka)
Sumerki 'Twilight', Op 24 No 4 (Medtner)
Three Romances (Mosolov)
To bïlo ranneyu vesnoy 'It was in early spring'  No 2 of Shest Romansov 'Six Romances', Op 38 (Tchaikovsky)
Tsarskosel'skaya statuya 'The fountain statue at Tsarskoye Selo', Op 57 No 17 (Cui)
Uznik 'The Prisoner', Op 20 No 4 (Grechaninov)
V al'bome 'In an album', Op 49 No 4 (Arensky)
V mladenchestve moyom ona menya lyubila 'When I was a child she loved me'  First line to Muza 'The muse', Op 34 No 1 (Rachmaninov)
V poryve nezhnosti serdechnoy 'In moments to delight devoted', Op 26 No 1 (Rimsky-Korsakov)
Vesenneye uspokoyeniye 'Spring Solace', Op 28 No 5 (Medtner)
Vospominaniye 'Recollection'  No 1 of Three Romances (Mosolov)
Vospominaniye 'Recollection' 'Suite', Op 71 (Arensky)
Ya lask tvoikh strashus' 'I fear thy kisses' (Arensky)
Ya perezhil svoi zhelan'ya 'I have outlived my aspirations', Op 3 No 2 (Medtner)
Ya videl smert' 'I have seen death', Op 27 No 6 (Arensky)
Ya zdes, Inezilya 'Here I am, Iñesilla' (Glinka)
Yevreyskaya melodiya 'Hebrew melody' (Balakirev)
Zabytiy 'Forgotten' (Musorgsky)
Zaklinaniye 'Invocation' 'The call', Op 29 No 7 (Medtner)
Zhelaniye 'Desire'  No 2 of Three Romances (Mosolov)
Zhil byl korol' kogda-to 'Once upon a time a king'  First line to Pesnya Mefistofelya o blokhe 'Mephistopheles' song of the flea' (Musorgsky)
Zimni put' 'Winter journey', Op 32 No 4 (Taneyev)
Zorya 'Dawn', Op 37 No 1 (Lyatoshinsky)
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