Anatol Lyadov

Kikimora for orchestra, Op. 63

    Description by James Leonard

    Lyadov apparently had a thing for witches: in his brief and desultory career as a composer, he wrote not one but two tone poems for orchestra depicting witches. The first is Baba-Yaga from 1904, a short and pseudo-spooky "picture from a Russian folk tale," and the second is Kikimora, a longer but still pseudo-spooky folk tale. Both are scored for full, late Romantic orchestra with a huge percussion section, including the obligatory xylophone, a prerequisite for evoking rattling skeletons. Like Baba-Yaga, the main body of Kikimora is a Presto replete with chromatic scales, woodwinds wails, and brass blasts. But unlike Baba-Yaga, Kikimora has a dark and moody Adagio introduction with the bleakness and despair of Rachmaninov and the harmonic vagueness of Debussy. Thus, although Kikimora is for the most part merely a re-write of Baba-Yaga, its introduction shows that Lyadov could be more than a procurer for witches.

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2017 RCA Red Seal 88985376042
    2015 Erato
    2014 Naïve NC 40044
    2013 Decca 4785437
    2013 Decca / Mercury 4785092
    2012 Broken Audio BRAU 0792
    2011 BD Cinema / Zebralution
    2011 Decca CDDCA657
    2011 Signum Classics SIGCD 271
    2011 Newton Classics 8802037
    2011 Artek AR 00562
    2011 Melodiya MELCD 1001873
    2010 ZYX 82329-2
    2010 Signum Classics / Signum UK 195
    2010 Decca
    2010 Philips 4782122
    2009 Decca / Philips
    2009 Boheme Svetlanov / Nikolaeva-Svetlanova 10145
    2008 Naïve V 5073
    2007 Classic Mania 93320
    2007 Naïve V 5136
    2006 Brilliant Classics 92230
    2005 Erato
    2004 EMI Music Distribution 585216
    2004 Brilliant 92138
    2004 Brilliant 92397
    2001 Angel Records 561901-2
    2001 Naxos 555242
    2001 Chandos 9911
    2001 Milan 35927
    1998 Deutsche Grammophon 459071
    1998 Deutsche Grammophon 459059
    1997 Dutton Laboratories 8010
    1997 Le Chant du Monde 288144
    1997 Mercury 434390
    1997 Melodiya 34165
    1996 Testament 1060
    1996 Olympia (Classical/Jazz) 587
    1996 Virgin 561322-2
    1996 Deutsche Grammophon 447084
    1995 Arte Nova 30502
    1994 Philips 4420112
    1993 Olympia (Classical/Jazz) 513
    1993 ASV 657
    1993 ASV CDQS6117
    1992 RCA 60323
    1992 Marco Polo 8220348
    1992 Naxos 550328
    1989 Chandos 8783
    Claremont Recordings 785061
    EMI Music Distribution 67729
    Decca 000837002
    Musica Classica 2005/6
    Stradivarius 2005
    Melodiya 1000140
    Relief 1886
    BBC Music Magazine 256
    Manchester 110
    Arte Nova 37329
    BBC Music Magazine 135
    Philips 446367
    Russian Music Society 10007