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Glinka, Mikhail (1804-1857)  

Mikhail Glinka

born: 1 June 1804
died: 15 February 1857
country: Russia

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It was not until the early 1860s that a formal music conservatoire was established in Russia, initially directed by the great Anton Rubinstein, who founded the St Petersburg Imperial Conservatoire in 1862. His younger brother Nikolai became director of the rival Moscow Conservatoire when it opened in 1866.

It would be wrong, of course, to assume that no musical education existed before 1862; and if – equally – one cannot claim that no Russian composer flourished before Mikhail Glinka (1804-1857), there is no doubt that he was the first truly important Russian composer, considered by Russians to be the ‘musical acorn’ from which the mighty oak tree of Russian music was to grow.

When Louis Spohr visited St Petersburg in 1802 he was surprised to learn that the city’s musical life was dominated entirely by foreign musicians. More than a century earlier the Eastern Orthodox Church, which remained a powerful governing force, had proclaimed a ukase which instructed that ‘musical instruments were to be broken up and burned’ – and not merely, it seemed, in places of worship (although the Church does not permit musical instruments to this day). It was into this ethnically empty musical world that Mikhail Glinka was born in 1804. Fortunately, his father’s wealth and cultural aspirations enabled him to study music after a fashion, but the youth was determined, if possible, to bring a Russian character into the music which he wanted to write. This was not easy; nor was it soon achieved.

from notes by Robert Matthew-Walker © 2001

Albums
'Glinka & Tchaikovsky: Piano Trios' (CDH55322)
Glinka & Tchaikovsky: Piano Trios
Buy by post £5.50 CDH55322  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
'Glinka: Grand Sextet; Rimsky-Korsakov: Quintet' (CDH55173)
Glinka: Grand Sextet; Rimsky-Korsakov: Quintet
Buy by post £5.50 CDH55173  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
'Balakirev: Piano Sonata & other works' (CDA67806)
Balakirev: Piano Sonata & other works
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'Caprices & Fantasies' (CDH55130)
Caprices & Fantasies
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'Echoes of a Waterfall' (CDH55128)
Echoes of a Waterfall
Buy by post £5.50 CDH55128  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
'English Poets, Russian Romances' (CDA67274)
English Poets, Russian Romances
Buy by post £10.50 CDA67274 
'Liszt: Complete Piano Music' (CDS44501/98)
Liszt: Complete Piano Music
Buy by post £200.00 CDS44501/98  99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)  
'Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 54 – Liszt at the Opera VI' (CDA67406/7)
Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 54 – Liszt at the Opera VI
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'Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 6 – Liszt at the Opera I' (CDA66371/2)
Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 6 – Liszt at the Opera I
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'Pushkin Romances' (CDA67773)
Pushkin Romances
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'Rimsky-Korsakov: Quintet; Glinka: Grand Sextet' (CDH55173)
Rimsky-Korsakov: Quintet; Glinka: Grand Sextet
Buy by post £5.50 CDH55173  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
'Russian Images, Vol. 1' (CDA67105)
Russian Images, Vol. 1
Buy by post £10.50 CDA67105 
'Russian Images, Vol. 2' (CDA67205)
Russian Images, Vol. 2
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'Souvenirs de Venise' (CDH55217)
Souvenirs de Venise
Buy by post £5.50 CDH55217  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
'Tchaikovsky & Glinka: Piano Trios' (CDH55322)
Tchaikovsky & Glinka: Piano Trios
Buy by post £5.50 CDH55322  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
Alphabetical listing of all musical works
A farewell to St Petersburg (Glinka)
Adel' (Glinka)
Grand Sextet in E flat major (Glinka)
Igray, Adel 'Play on, Adèle'  First line to Adel' (Glinka)
Kak sladko s toboyu mne byt 'Ah the sweetness of being beside you' (Glinka)
Marche des Tcherkesses de l'opéra "Rouslan et Loudmila" de M. I. Glinka, S406i (Liszt/Glinka)
Meri 'Mary' (Glinka)
Ne poy, krasavitsa, pri mne 'Do not sing to me, fair maiden' (Glinka)
Nocturne in E flat (Glinka)
O deva chudnaya moya 'Oh wonderful girl of mine'  No 3 of A farewell to St Petersburg (Glinka)
Poputnaya pesnya 'Travel song'  No 6 of Proshchaniye s Peterburgom 'A farewell to St Petersburg' (Glinka)
Priznaniye 'Confession' (Glinka)
Proshchaniye s Peterburgom 'A farewell to St Petersburg' (Glinka)
Somneniye 'Doubt' (Glinka)
Stansy 'Stanzas' (Glinka)
The Lark (Glinka/Balakirev)
Trio pathétique in D minor (Glinka)
Tscherkessenmarsch aus Glinkas Oper Russlan und Ludmilla, S406ii (Liszt/Glinka)
Variations on a theme of Mozart (Glinka)
Venetsianskaya noch' (Glinka)
Ya pomnyu chudnoye mgnoven'ye 'I remember the wonderful moment' (Glinka)
Ya vas lyublyu, khot ya beshus 'I love you, though I must be mad'  First line to Priznaniye 'Confession' (Glinka)
Ya zdes, Inezilya 'Here I am, Iñesilla' (Glinka)
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