Russian Overtures

Borodin: Overture Prince Igor
Glazunov: Solemn Overture, op.73
Glinka: Overture, Ruslan and Ludmilla
Kabalevsky: Overture, Colas Breugnon
Mussorgsky: Overture, Khovanshchina
Prokofiev: Overture, Semyon Kotko
Rimsky-Korsakov: Overture, The Tsar's Bride
Shostakovich: Festive Overture, op.96
Tchaikovsky: Overture in F major
Mikhail Pletnev, conductor

DG 439 892-2
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Reviews

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... The Prince Igor Overture is warmly played, and there is an exuberance ... in Shostakovich's Festive Overture. ... Certainly it is one of the least ironic, openly exuberant pieces which Shostakovich ever wrote, and it is played with brisk cheerfulness here. ... Pletnev is at his most successful with the more reflective introduction to Semyan Kotko, and with the beautiful evocation of dawn over the Moscow River that opens Khovanshchina.

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