- Audio CD (Mar 25 1994)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Bis
- ASIN: B0000016D6
|1. Adagio. Allegro Feroce|
|2. Allegretto Moderato|
|3. Sostenuto Assai Quasi Largo E Poco Maestoso|
|4. Allegro Non Troppo|
|5. Andante Sostenuto|
|6. Allegro Giocoso|
The Concerto for Balalaika and Orchestra (1964) is one of the few known pieces written for that wonderful instrument. Glazunov composed the Fantasy for Balalaika & Orchestra by 1903 whereas Serge Vasilenko had written the Concerto for Balalaika & Orchestra by 1929. Tubin's concerto does not have the eastern slavonic accent of Vasilenko's, but it maintained the modern, somewhat cosmopolitan communicative idiom. The passages for the balalaika are demanding in places while reflective & calm in others. Overall, the piece is appealing & the soloist Emanuil Sheynkman played with warmth & command.
Music for Strings (1962-1963) is also cosmopolitan & progressive in it's communication. The first movement is laid-back whereas the Allegro is virtuosic & active. It is only by the Adagio (finale) where peaceful reflection has the last, effective saying.
Neemi Jarvi has proven himself the champion interpreter & the key advocate in representing the works of Tubin, that Slavonic/Nordic great Estonian composer. The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra played with great responsiveness, passion, excitement, and vividness (personally, that orchestra outshined, though slightly, the Bamberg & Gothenburg Symphony Orchestras in performing Tubin's work in an otherwise excellent BIS recording series featuring the composer).
Should I hope that more of Tubin's music be freshly performed & recorded.
This BIS compact disc is highly recommendable, although it is slighly costly. Invest nevertheless. You will not regret it.