Mikhail Glinka

Overture: Ruslan and Ludmilla, G. xivov

    Description by Robert Cummings

    Glinka, considered the father of Russian Nationalism in music, is largely known for two works: the operas A Life for the Tsar (1834 - 1836) and Ruslan and Lyudmila (1837 - 1842). Though the latter work met with a tepid reception at its premiere, while the former was an immediate success, Ruslan would eventually come to be ranked as his most influential effort, its rhythmically and harmonically inventive music rising above its mediocre libretto. Popular in the concert halls for a century and a half has been the work's perky overture, probably the composer's most widely performed orchestral piece. The Overture opens with a driving rhythmic figure that augurs the rhythmic styles of Borodin, Rimsky-Korsakov, and so many other Russian composers from succeeding generations. There follows a vigorous, joyous theme that hustles and leaps about with seemingly unbounded energy. After this melody is presented in a slightly subdued guise, a second theme is heard, a lively but mellow creation especially in its first appearance, played in the middle ranges of the cellos. Later, the opening rhythm is recalled and the themes are developed somewhat as the mood turns playful. Another go-round of themes is given before a variant of the main theme leads to the brilliant and colorful coda. A typical performance of this work lasts about five to six minutes.

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    2016 Alto MCS 1312
    2016 Nimbus Records NI 7097
    2016 Mark Records 52357 MCD
    2015 K-Tel 136153
    2014 Lodia Music LOCD 780
    2014 Decca
    2013 K-Tel 87233
    2013 AAO Music PWM 71292
    2013 AAO Music USA 62542
    2012 EMI / EMI Classics / Warner Classics 5099932736
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    2012 Brilliant Classics 9268
    2012 DG Deutsche Grammophon 4790530
    2012 DG Deutsche Grammophon
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    2012 Broken Audio BRAUR 0186
    2011 Altissimo ALT 62272
    2010 Centaur Records 3013
    2010 Denon Records
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    2009 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 5099926475
    2009 Pro Organo 7227
    2009 Bella Musica / Zebralution
    2009 Berlin Classics 184522
    2009 BBC Legends / BBC Music / Medici Arts 42662
    2009 Gega New 254
    2009 5 Tone 90006
    2009 Decca 4781490
    2008 Madacy Entertainment 53763
    2008 DG Deutsche Grammophon 459213
    2008 Medici Arts 2072278
    2008 EMI Classics
    2008 Landscape Classics / Zebralution
    2007 K-Tel 1033
    2007 Classic Mania 93320
    2007 Naxos 8570403
    2007 West End Records 893
    2007 Belair Classiques BAC031
    2007 EMI Music Distribution 82232
    2007 Berlin Classics 0013912
    2007 London/Decca / Decca / Universal Distribution 4758525
    2007 Dunrobin Music 101
    2007 Elatus
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    2006 DG Deutsche Grammophon 2894776288
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    1998 London 458216
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    1997 Melodiya 74321 50945-2
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    1993 Belart/Karussell 450017
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