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CESAR CUI  

(1835 - 1918)

César Cui, one of the group of five nationalist Russian composers of the second half of the 19th century known as the Mighty Handful or the Five, was the son of a French officer who had remained in Russia after the retreat of Napoleon in 1812. In common with other composers of his generation and background, he had a career apart from music, in his case as a professor at the Academy of Military Engineering, an expert in fortification. This did not prevent him from ambitious activity as a composer and an important career as a critic, often harsh and intolerant in his judgements. He is best known for his colourful short piano pieces.

Operas

Cui's first opera was A Prisoner in the Caucasus, with a libretto based on Pushkin. Particularly pleasing to his friends and supporters was the opera William Ratciff, based on the play by Heine. Further operas followed, enjoying varying success, followed by four final children's operas.

Orchestral Music

In his four orchestral Suites Cui demonstrates his ability in the handling of attractive smaller forms, belying contemporary accusations of lack of skill in orchestration. Suite No. 4 offers orchestral arrangements of piano pieces written originally for his Belgian patroness, the Countess of Mercy-Argenteau. The Suite concertante for violin and orchestra makes an unusual addition to solo violin repertoire.

Chamber Music

Cui's chamber music includes various shorter pieces for violin and piano or cello and piano, notably two sets of Miniatures for violin and piano, as well as three string quartets. Piano Music In his piano music Cui again shows his gifts as a miniaturist, exhibited in a large number of attractive short pieces.

Vocal and Choral Music

Cui claimed that he was compelled, in general, in his operas to avoid Russian subjects, since he was himself half French and half Lithuanian. His songs, of course, do treat Russian texts and include settings of Pushkin, Nekrasov and A.K. Tolstoy, while his choral music is generally on a more ambitious scale.

Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
CASALS, Pablo: Encores and Transcriptions, Vol. 5: Complete Acoustic Recordings, Part 3 (1920-1924) Naxos Historical
8.110987
Instrumental
Choral Concert: Sundsvall Chamber Choir - SODERSTEN, G. / CUI, C. / FOUGSTEDT, N.-E. / LONN, K. / REGER, M. / JOHANSON, S.-E. (Ton i Tystnaden) Proprius
PRCD9125
Choral - Secular
CUI: 25 Preludes, Op. 64 Marco Polo
8.223496
Instrumental
CUI: 25 Preludes, Op. 64 Naxos
8.555557
Instrumental
CUI: Suite Concertante Op. 25 / Suite Miniature Op. 20 Marco Polo
8.220308
Orchestral
CUI: Suites Nos. 2 and 4 / Le Flibustier Marco Polo
8.223400
Orchestral
Easy-Listening Piano Classics: Romantic Expressions Naxos
8.578081-82
Instrumental
Guitar Quartet Recital: Russian Guitar Quartet - CUI, C. / MUSSORGSKY, M. / BALAKIREV, M. / BORODIN, A. (A Tribute to the Mighty Handful) Delos
DE3518
Chamber Music
Harp and Piano Recital: Duo Praxedis - ARENSKY, A.S. / CUI, C. / MUSSORGSKY, M.P. / RIMSKY-KORSAKOV, N.A. / TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I. (Russian Souvenirs) Paladino Music
PMR0069
Chamber Music
ITALIAN FESTIVAL Naxos
8.550087
Orchestral
ITALIAN FESTIVAL Naxos
8.570054
Orchestral
MUSICAL JOURNEY (A) – ITALIAN FESTIVAL: A Musical Celebration of Italy (NTSC) Naxos
2.110324
Classical Concert
MUSICAL JOURNEY (A) - ST PETERSBURG: Palaces of the Tsars (NTSC) Naxos
2.110511
Classical Concert
PIATIGORSKY, Gregor: Concertos and Encores (1934-1950) Naxos Historical
8.111069
Chamber Music
RUBINSTEIN, A.: Violin Concerto / CUI, C.: Suite Concertante (Takako Nishizaki, Slovak Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Halasz, Schermerhorn) Naxos
8.555244
Orchestral
Vocal Recital: Hvorostovsky, Dmitri - GLINKA, M.I. / DARGOMYZHSKY, A.S. / BORODIN, A.P. / RIMSKY-KORSAKOV, N.A. / CUI, C. (Pushkin Romances) Delos
DE3392
Vocal
Vocal Recital: Svetlov, Mikhail - MUSSORGSKY, M.P. / CUI, C. / RIMSKY-KORSAKOV, N.A. / BALAKIREV, M.A. / BORODIN, A.P. (Russian Songs) Naxos
8.572218
Vocal




 
 
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