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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDA67413
Recording details: January 2004
Mosfilm Ton-Studios, Moscow, Russia
Produced by Igor Prokhorov & Marina Butir
Engineered by Gennady Papin & Anna Toporova
Release date: June 2004
Total duration: 3 minutes 6 seconds

'This disc—accessible in every sense of the word—is a useful addition to the discography of music written during the Soviet era. The sound is clean and bright. Worth exploring' (International Record Review)

'If you don't know this score, I urge you to grab this recording hurriedly: for a mixture of unhurried lyricism, gentle good humour, capable but lightly handled counterpoint, you'll find it hard to beat' (Fanfare, USA)

Prelude 'The Bells'

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In the last five years of his life, Tchaikovsky, along with conductor Vladimir Fedoseyev and a number of other prominent musicians who had remained in Russia despite the inimical post-communist conditions, was among the leading voices in the Russian Musical Society (more literally, Comradeship), whose principles included preservation of the nation’s musical traditions, scepticism towards the avant-garde, and attachment to the Russian Orthodox Church. In most respects these values were sharply opposed to such groups as the revived Association for Contemporary Music, founded around the same time by Edison Denisov. During these years Tchaikovsky completed few compositions other than a fine Symphony with Harp. But his Prelude entitled The Bells survives more or less complete in short score, with indications for bells on B flat and D. This delicate evocation has been orchestrated by Pyotr Klimov (born 1970), a talented composer in the Tchaikovsky circle.

from notes by David Fanning © 2004

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