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ANATOL KONSTANTINOVICH LIADOV  

(1855 - 1914)

The son of a conductor at the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg, Anatol Liadov was trained at the Conservatory, where he was briefly a pupil of Rimsky-Korsakov and later a member of the teaching staff. He was associated with Balakirev and subsequently became a member of Belyayev’s circle, helping, in particular, in the establishment of the publishing house that Belyayev set up for Russian composers. He was a thoroughly competent musician, conductor and composer but did not apply himself consistently to work. His failure to supply music for a Diaghilev ballet in Paris in 1910 allowed Stravinsky his first chance with the Ballets Russes. His compositions are characteristic of this period in Russian music, when nationalism was joined with technical competence inculcated at the conservatories.

Orchestral Music

The best-known orchestral compositions by Liadov are the descriptive Russian fairytale pieces Kikimora, Baba-Yaga and Volshebnoye ozero (‘The Enchanted Lake’). His last orchestral work was the symphonic poem Skorbnaya pesn’ (‘Threnody’). All are very much in the nationalist tradition exemplified by Rimsky-Korsakov.

Piano Music

Liadov wrote a number of shorter piano pieces, including fugues and a set of canons, testimony to his contrapuntal ability. Other pieces have characteristic titles, examples of pleasing and well-crafted compositions for which there was a ready market.

Vocal and Choral Music

Liadov wrote a setting of the final scene of Schiller’s Die Braut von Messina (‘The Bride from Messina’) for his Conservatory graduation. Of some 26 songs, 18 are children’s songs.

Box Set Release Catalogue Number
Classical Moments 1-3 Naxos 8.506004

Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
ANDANTE - Classical Favourites for Relaxing and Dreaming Naxos
8.556606
Orchestral
Around The World In 80 Minutes Marco Polo
8.223003
Orchestral
Cello Recital: Diaz, Andres - TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I. / SCRIABIN, A. / RACHMANINOV, S. / CHOPIN, F. / LYADOV, A.K. (Russian Romantics for Cello and Piano) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-90188
Chamber Music
CLASSICAL MOMENTS 2: Classical Music for Love Naxos
8.555358
Orchestral
DE LYSE NAETTER - Stemningsfuld musik pa 3 CD'er (The Light Nights - Evocative Music on 3 CDs) Naxos
8.503148DK
Orchestral
ENCHANTED LAKE (THE) - Sensual Music by Mozart, Mahler, Grieg, Sibelius, Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky, Borodin, Liadov, Shostakovich, and others Naxos
8.555358DK
Orchestral
GLAZUNOV / LIADOV / BOHME: Music for Brass BIS
BIS-CD-1274
Chamber Music
GLAZUNOV, A.K.: Orchestral Works, Vol. 14 - Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 (Yablonskaya, Moscow Symphony, Yablonsky) Naxos
8.553928
Orchestral
JENKINS, Florence Foster: Murder on the High Cs (1937-1951) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120711
Nostalgia
LEGATO - THE WORLD OF THE PIANO - BEREZOVSKY, Boris: Change of Plans (NTSC) EuroArts
2055758
Classical Concert
LEGATO - THE WORLD OF THE PIANO (4-DVD Box Set) (NTSC) EuroArts
2059848
Classical Concert
LIADOV: Baba Yaga / Enchanted Lake / Kikimora Marco Polo
8.220348
Orchestral
LIADOV: Baba Yaga / Enchanted Lake / Kikimora Naxos
8.555242
Orchestral
LIADOV: Piano Miniatures Marco Polo
8.220416
Instrumental
MACABRE MASTERPIECES Naxos
8.557930-31
Orchestral
Marco Polo - The Label of Discovery: Sampler 1 Marco Polo
8.223001
Orchestral
MUSICAL JOURNEY (A) - ST PETERSBURG: Palaces of the Tsars (NTSC) Naxos
2.110511
Classical Concert
NIGHT MUSIC, VOL. 6 Naxos
8.556820
Orchestral
ONCE UPON A TIME Naxos
8.557953-54
Orchestral
Orchestral Music (Russian) - GLINKA, M.I. / BORODIN, A.P. / SHOSTAKOVICH, D. / PROKOFIEV, S. (Overtures and Orchestral Works) (Pletnev) Newton Classics
NC8802037
Orchestral
Piano Recital: Scherbakov, Konstantin (ME - On Wings of Song) TwoPianists
TP1039107
Instrumental
RUSSIAN FAVORITES Naxos
8.571094
Orchestral
Russian Favourites Naxos
8.553249
Orchestral
Russian Fireworks Naxos
8.550328
Orchestral
SCARY MASTERPIECES - Music by Grieg, Liszt, Dvorak, Franck, Ducas, Saint-Saens Naxos
8.570362
Orchestral
SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: Cello Concerto No. 1 / Symphony No. 9 / LIADOV, A.K.: Baba Yaga / Kikimora (Harrell, Seattle Symphony, Schwarz) Artek
AR-0056-2
Orchestral
TCHAIKOVSKY: The Seasons (excerpts) / RACHMANINOV: Preludes / SCRIABIN: Piano Sonata No. 2 Cedille
CDR90000-001
Instrumental
TwoPianists Records: Impressions #1 TwoPianists
TP1039237
Instrumental
ZILBERQUIT, Julia: 3 Centuries of Bagatelles Naxos
8.570237
Instrumental




 
 
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