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|Anatol Lyadov, Anatol Konstantinovich Lyadov, Vassily Sinaisky|
Lyadov: Orchestral Works
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Best all-Liadov CD
(5 out of 5 stars)
"There are currently three other all-Liadov CDs available (Marco Polo, Olympia, and ASV), but none can boast crystal -clear Chandos sound. None of them are played by the BBC Philharmonic either. The playing is polished, the woodwind and brass always make great contributions. Sinaisky is not particularly imaginative, but this music is conductor-proof and is presented beautifully. Liadov obviously learned much from his teacher Rimsky-Korsakov, and there are echoes of Stravinsky, even Scriabin, in such pieces as "Kikimora" and "From the Apocalypse." None of the pieces last more than 9 minutes, all are charming. If you like the fairy-tale world of Rimsky-Korsakov and other Russian romantics, you'll love this CD."
J. Rich | 09/17/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Anatoly Lyadov is probably remembered for his on and off association with the Mighty Handful and also as a teacher of Sergei Prokofiev and Nikolai Myaskovsky. Lyadov composed music of vivid orchestral color. You can hear traces of Rimsky-Korsakov in his music, but it's truly his own. He favored symphonic poems (i. e. tone poems, programmic music) and much of the music here has a story to tell.
Another bit of information about Lyadov, he probably would have been better known had he taken the offer by Sergei Diaghilev, founder of Ballet Russes, to compose a ballet for an upcoming series, but Lyadov declined and another composer was offered the job by the name of Igor Stravinsky.
I think it's a shame that a reviewer here on Amazon called this music "third-rate." This person clearly hasn't spent any time whatsoever with this music or has even given it a chance. This very type of attitude is what is killing classical music. People think because it's not "ground breaking" or incredibly modern it's inferior somehow.
That said, Vassily Sinaisky and the BBC Philharmonic turn in great performances that will keep you coming back in years to come. Highly recommended."