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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
'Russian Images, Vol. 1' (CDA67105)
Russian Images, Vol. 1
'Russian Images, Vol. 2' (CDA67205)
Russian Images, Vol. 2
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ANTON ARENSKY  (1861-1906)
Davno l' pod volshebnye zvuki 'Was it so long ago to enchanting strains', Op 49 No 5 with Vassily Savenko (bass)
Osen 'Autumn', Op 27 No 2 with Vassily Savenko (bass)
Snovideniye 'A dream', Op 17 No 3 with Vassily Savenko (bass)
V al'bome 'In an album', Op 49 No 4 with Vassily Savenko (bass)
Vospominaniye 'Recollection' 'Suite', Op 71 with 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 6 with 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 17 with 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 4 with Vassily Savenko (bass)
BORIS LYATOSHINSKY  (1895-1968)
Minuvshiye dni 'Time long past', Op 14 No 4 with Vassily Savenko (bass)
Nayvshche shchastya! 'Supreme happiness', Op 37 No 2 with Vassily Savenko (bass)
Ozymandiya 'Ozymandias' 'Sonnet', Op 15 with Vassily Savenko (bass)
Zorya 'Dawn', Op 37 No 1 with Vassily Savenko (bass)
NIKOLAI MEDTNER  (1880-1951)
Nezhdannyi dozhd' 'Unexpected rain', Op 28 No 1 with Vassily Savenko (bass)
Sumerki 'Twilight', Op 24 No 4 with Vassily Savenko (bass)
Vesenneye uspokoyeniye 'Spring Solace', Op 28 No 5 with Vassily Savenko (bass)
Ya perezhil svoi zhelan'ya 'I have outlived my aspirations', Op 3 No 2 with Vassily Savenko (bass)
Zaklinaniye 'Invocation' 'The call', Op 29 No 7 with Vassily Savenko (bass)
ALEXANDER MOSOLOV  (1900-1973)
Three Romances with 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 5 with Vassily Savenko (bass)
Muza 'The muse', Op 34 No 1 with Vassily Savenko (bass)
Ne poy, krasavitsa, pri mne 'Do not sing to me, fair maiden', Op 4 No 4 with Vassily Savenko (bass)
Ona kak polden' khorosha 'She is as beautiful as noon', Op 14 No 9 with Vassily Savenko (bass)
Ostrovok 'The islet', Op 14 No 2 with Vassily Savenko (bass)
Pora! 'It is time', Op 14 No 12 with Vassily Savenko (bass)
NIKOLAI RIMSKY-KORSAKOV  (1844-1908)
Na kholmakh Gruzii 'The hills of Georgia', Op 3 No 4 with Vassily Savenko (bass)
Nespyashchikh solntse, grustnaya zvezda 'Sun of the sleepless', Op 41 No 1 with Vassily Savenko (bass)
Pesnya Zyuleyki 'Zuleika's song', Op 26 No 4 with Vassily Savenko (bass)
V poryve nezhnosti serdechnoy 'In moments to delight devoted', Op 26 No 1 with Vassily Savenko (bass)
DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH  (1906-1975)
Korolevski pokhod 'The king's campaign', Op 62 No 6 with Vassily Savenko (bass)
Sonnet 66, Op 62 No 5 with Vassily Savenko (bass)
SERGEI TANEYEV  (1856-1915)
Blazhennykh snov ushla zvezda 'The star of blessed dreams', Op 17 No 4 with Vassily Savenko (bass)
I drugnuli vragi 'And the foes stood trembling', Op 26 No 8 with Vassily Savenko (bass)
Lesa dremuchiye 'Dense forests', Op 26 No 5 with Vassily Savenko (bass)
Mechty v odinochestve vyanut 'My thoughts arise and fade', Op 17 No 2 with Vassily Savenko (bass)
Ostrovok 'The islet', Op 17 No 1 with Vassily Savenko (bass)
Pust' otsvuchit 'Music, when soft voices die', Op 17 No 3 with Vassily Savenko (bass)
Zimni put' 'Winter journey', Op 32 No 4 with 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'  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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