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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
CDA67274Please, someone, buy me …
Russian Images, Vol. 1
CDA67105
Russian Images, Vol. 2
CDA67205

Complete works available for download

ANTON ARENSKY (1861-1906)
Davno l' pod volshebnye zvuki 'Was it so long ago to enchanting strains', Op 49 No 5with Vassily Savenko (bass)
Osen 'Autumn', Op 27 No 2with Vassily Savenko (bass)
Snovideniye 'A dream', Op 17 No 3with Vassily Savenko (bass)
V al'bome 'In an album', Op 49 No 4with Vassily Savenko (bass)
Vospominaniye 'Recollection' 'Suite', Op 71with Vassily Savenko (bass)
Ya lask tvoikh strashus' 'I fear thy kisses'with Vassily Savenko (bass)
Ya videl smert' 'I have seen death', Op 27 No 6with Vassily Savenko (bass)
MILI BALAKIREV (1837-1910)
Oboymi, potseluy 'Embrace, kiss'with Vassily Savenko (bass)
Yevreyskaya melodiya 'Hebrew melody'with Vassily Savenko (bass)
ALEXANDER BORODIN (1833-1887)
Dlya beregov otchizny dal'noy 'For the shores of your far homeland'with Vassily Savenko (bass)
CÉSAR CUI (1835-1918)
Tsarskosel'skaya statuya 'The fountain statue at Tsarskoye Selo', Op 57 No 17with Vassily Savenko (bass)
ALEKSANDR DARGOMÏZHSKY (1813-1869)
Elegiya: Yapomnyu gluboko 'Elegy: I remember'with Vassily Savenko (bass)
Mel'nik 'The Miller'with Vassily Savenko (bass)
Nochnoy zefir 'Night Zephyr'with Vassily Savenko (bass)
MIKHAIL GLINKA (1804-1857)
Kak sladko s toboyu mne byt 'Ah the sweetness of being beside you'with Vassily Savenko (bass)
Meri 'Mary'with Vassily Savenko (bass)
Somneniye 'Doubt'with Vassily Savenko (bass), Alexei Kropotov (cello)
Stansy 'Stanzas'with Vassily Savenko (bass)
Ya zdes, Inezilya 'Here I am, Iñesilla'with Vassily Savenko (bass)
ALEKSANDR TIKHONOVICH GRECHANINOV (1864-1956)
Uznik 'The Prisoner', Op 20 No 4with Vassily Savenko (bass)
BORIS LYATOSHINSKY (1895-1968)
Minuvshiye dni 'Time long past', Op 14 No 4with Vassily Savenko (bass)
Nayvshche shchastya! 'Supreme happiness', Op 37 No 2with Vassily Savenko (bass)
Ozymandiya 'Ozymandias' 'Sonnet', Op 15with Vassily Savenko (bass)
Zorya 'Dawn', Op 37 No 1with Vassily Savenko (bass)
NIKOLAI MEDTNER (1880-1951)
Nezhdannyi dozhd' 'Unexpected rain', Op 28 No 1with Vassily Savenko (bass)
Sumerki 'Twilight', Op 24 No 4with Vassily Savenko (bass)
Vesenneye uspokoyeniye 'Spring Solace', Op 28 No 5with Vassily Savenko (bass)
Ya perezhil svoi zhelan'ya 'I have outlived my aspirations', Op 3 No 2with Vassily Savenko (bass)
Zaklinaniye 'Invocation' 'The call', Op 29 No 7with Vassily Savenko (bass)
ALEXANDER MOSOLOV (1900-1973)
Three Romanceswith Vassily Savenko (bass)
MODEST MUSORGSKY (1839-1881)
Pes'n Saula pered boyem 'Tsar Saul. Song of Saul before battle'with Vassily Savenko (bass)
Pesnya Mefistofelya o blokhe 'Mephistopheles' song of the flea'with Vassily Savenko (bass)
Zabytiy 'Forgotten'with Vassily Savenko (bass)
SERGEI RACHMANINOV (1873-1943)
Arion, Op 34 No 5with Vassily Savenko (bass)
Muza 'The muse', Op 34 No 1with Vassily Savenko (bass)
Ne poy, krasavitsa, pri mne 'Do not sing to me, fair maiden', Op 4 No 4with Vassily Savenko (bass)
Ona kak polden' khorosha 'She is as beautiful as noon', Op 14 No 9with Vassily Savenko (bass)
Ostrovok 'The islet', Op 14 No 2with Vassily Savenko (bass)
Pora! 'It is time', Op 14 No 12with Vassily Savenko (bass)
NIKOLAI RIMSKY-KORSAKOV (1844-1908)
Na kholmakh Gruzii 'The hills of Georgia', Op 3 No 4with Vassily Savenko (bass)
Nespyashchikh solntse, grustnaya zvezda 'Sun of the sleepless', Op 41 No 1with Vassily Savenko (bass)
Pesnya Zyuleyki 'Zuleika's song', Op 26 No 4with Vassily Savenko (bass)
V poryve nezhnosti serdechnoy 'In moments to delight devoted', Op 26 No 1with Vassily Savenko (bass)
DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975)
Korolevski pokhod 'The king's campaign', Op 62 No 6with Vassily Savenko (bass)
Sonnet 66, Op 62 No 5with Vassily Savenko (bass)
SERGEI TANEYEV (1856-1915)
Blazhennykh snov ushla zvezda 'The star of blessed dreams', Op 17 No 4with Vassily Savenko (bass)
I drugnuli vragi 'And the foes stood trembling', Op 26 No 8with Vassily Savenko (bass)
Lesa dremuchiye 'Dense forests', Op 26 No 5with Vassily Savenko (bass)
Mechty v odinochestve vyanut 'My thoughts arise and fade', Op 17 No 2with Vassily Savenko (bass)
Ostrovok 'The islet', Op 17 No 1with Vassily Savenko (bass)
Pust' otsvuchit 'Music, when soft voices die', Op 17 No 3with Vassily Savenko (bass)
Zimni put' 'Winter journey', Op 32 No 4with Vassily Savenko (bass)
PYOTR TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893)
Moy geni, moy angel, moy drug 'My genius, my angel, my friend'with Vassily Savenko (bass)

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'  
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'  
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'  
I drugnuli vragi 'And the foes stood trembling', Op 26 No 8 (Taneyev)
Iz divnykh dney 'Now the last day of many years'  
K moryu 'To the sea'  
Kabï znala ya 'If only I had known'  
Kak sladko s toboyu mne byt 'Ah the sweetness of being beside you' (Glinka)
Kak tikho vsyo! 'How calm it was!'  
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'  
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'  
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'  
Nochnoy zefir 'Night Zephyr' (Dargomïzhsky)
O deva chudnaya moya 'Oh wonderful girl of mine'  
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'  
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'  
Shest Romansov 'Six Romances', Op 38 (Tchaikovsky)
Shest Romansov 'Six Romances', Op 6 (Tchaikovsky)
Slyeza drozhit 'A tear trembles'  
Snovideniye 'A dream', Op 17 No 3 (Arensky)
Somneniye 'Doubt' (Glinka)
Sonnet 153  
Sonnet 27  
Sonnet 66, Op 62 No 5 (Shostakovich)
Sonnet 8  
Sred' shumnovo bala 'Amid the din of the ball'  
Sred shumnovo bala 'At the ball'  
Stansy 'Stanzas' (Glinka)
Sumerki 'Twilight', Op 24 No 4 (Medtner)
Three Romances (Mosolov)
To bïlo ranneyu vesnoy 'It was in early spring'  
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'  
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'  
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'  
Zhil byl korol' kogda-to 'Once upon a time a king'  
Zimni put' 'Winter journey', Op 32 No 4 (Taneyev)
Zorya 'Dawn', Op 37 No 1 (Lyatoshinsky)