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|1. Monolog For Violin And String Orchestra - Yaroslav Krasnikov|
|2. From My Mom's Photo Album - Leonid Makarevich|
|3. Lazy Morning - Leonid Makarevich|
|4. The Old New York Nostalgia - Leonid Makarevich|
|5. Lullaby For The Twins - Leonid Makarevich|
|6. The Broadway's Song - Leonid Makarevich|
|7. The Ferry To My Dream - Leonid Makarevich|
|8. I Introduction - Yaroslav Krasnikov|
|9. II Ritual Dance - Yaroslav Krasnikov|
|10. III Duet Of King Solomon And Queen Astis - Yaroslav Krasnikov|
|11. IV Night In Sulamith's Room - Yaroslav Krasnikov|
|12. V In The Temple Of Isis - Yaroslav Krasnikov|
|13. VI In King Solomon's Chambers - Yaroslav Krasnikov|
Born and trained in Russia, the composer Alla Pavlova later settled in America and composed music for a variety of media ranging from film and dance, to theatre. Her Sulamith Suite is a collection of excerpts from her ballet of the same name based on
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The monolog for violin and orchestra opens very slow in a contemplative and nostalgic mood that is carried in the entire work. In the monolog Pavlova does displays something that Russians composers are very well know to do really good, since the days of Glinka, set the mood for a slow
nostalgic movement. Some of the greatest adagios and slow movements in the history of music are from Russia. Violinist Yaroslav Krasnikov does a wonderful job on this work as he does in "Old New York Nostalgia" like the Monolog, "Old New York Nostalgia" opens on a slow contemplative note on the violin that is later taken by the solo trumpet of Gregory Pleskatch. Unlike the monolog, "Old New York Nostalgia" is in six movements.The second movement is called "Lazy Morning" in which one can
hear a rhythm section in the orchestra, also a slow movement but like the first one very interesting. The third movement of the work is "The Old New York Nostalgia" which opens with a trumpet statement and is soon answered by saxophones. The Lullaby of the twins is the composer's tribute to the victims of 9/11. The Broadway's Song can explain itself.
"Ferry to my Dream" is also a slow movement. Also in this recording is the Ballet Suite Sulamith, after a story by Alexander Kuprin. This recording is a great intro to the work of Pavlova, as any other of the naxos recording would be. The Moscow Philharmonic under Rossen Milanov did a terrific job.
less then enthusiastic about what passes
for serious work since 1960 or so, (i.e. John Cage,
Phillip Glass, et alia)and if you hope for
a different vision of the future of orchestral
music, look no more.
Pavlova is gifted and serious composer.
I don't like to describe music verbally.
Listen for yourself. This CD is a good place to start.