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In 1832 in Italy Mikhail Glinka wrote several chamber ensembles.
These works are notable for their sparkling virtuosity, gorgeous
colour and illuminating romanticism.
Trio Pathetique for piano, clarinet and bassoon is
a unique work by the selection of the instruments and an extraordinary
freedom of improvisation. It is also notable for a lyrical and confessing
character of the music. Delicate dialogues of clarinet and bassoon
in the first movement tell a love story that is full of anxieties.
After intermediate graceful scherzo in the second movement each
instrument pronounces long emotional monologues in Largo in the
third movement. The fast finale is concluded by impetuous coda that
at premier performance so much astonished a bassoon player Cantue
who said: «But this is sheer desperation!». «Indeed I was in despair
at the time», admitted Glinka in his memoirs.
Serenade on Themes from Donizetti’s Opera «Anna Bolena» was
written under the impression of the great Italian opera. The premier
performance with Juditta Pasta in the main part «seemed somewhat
magical to me… I was overwhelmed with delight», Glinka wrote. It
was not only a story of a doomed love of the English Queen that
inspired Glinka but also musically gifted sisters Branca whom he
met in Milano and to whom he dedicated his composition. After a
gloomy introduction the colour is getting brighter and then some
contrasting episodes are coming, joyous, moving, deeply mournful
or swift and stormy like finales in Italian opera.
«Grand Sextet» for piano and string quintet was written at
the Komo Lake in Northern Italy and close to the Swiss border. It’s
a beautiful country that fascinated the composer by its iridescent
colours. His music is full of sensation of the mild Southern nature.
In Glinka’s music the image of Italy is always brightened up with
the sounding of bel canto. That’s why a mirage of the opera stage
and singing voices do not disappear in all three movements of what
Balakirev called «the best of all sextets».
Serenade on Themes from Donizetti's Opera «Anna Bolena» for piano,
harp, bassoon, horn, cello and double-bass(performed with no interval)
1 Largo 02.11
2 Cantabile asssai 02.43
3 Moderato 03.21
4 Largetto 02.53
5 Presto 01.47
6 Andante cantabile 02.54
7 Finale. Allegro moderato 05.37
Trio Pathetique d-moll for clarinet, bassoon and piano (performed
with no interval)
8 Allegro moderato 04.58
9 Scerzo. Vivacissimo 03.19
10 Largo 05.19
11 Allegro con spirito 02.05
Grand Sextet Es-Dur for piano, string quartet and double-bass
12 Allegro 12.27
13 Andante. 06.44
14 Finale. Allegro con spirito 07.21 (no interval between 13&14)
A.Sevidov, piano (1-14)N.Schameyeva, harp (1-7)V.Popov, bassoon
(1-11)L.Mikhailov, clarinet (8-11)A.Korsakov, 1st violin (12-14)S.Kravchenko,
2nd violin (12-14)M.Tolpygo, viola (1-7, 12-14)I.Gavrysh, cello
(12-14)F. Louzanov, cello (1-7)R.Komachkov, double-bass(1-7)S.Zastavenko,
Cover: S. Schedrin. Lake Albano in the vicinity of Rome