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MIKHAIL IVANOVICH GLINKA  

(1804 - 1857)

Glinka is commonly regarded as the founder of Russian nationalism in music. His influence on Balakirev, self-appointed leader of the later group of five nationalist composers, was considerable. As a child he had some lessons from the Irish pianist John Field, but his association with music remained purely amateur until visits to Italy and in 1833 to Berlin allowed concentrated study and subsequently a greater degree of assurance in his composition, which won serious attention both at home and abroad. His Russian operas offered a synthesis of Western operatic form with Russian melody, while his orchestral music, with skillful instrumentation, offered a combination of the traditional and the exotic. Glinka died in Berlin in 1857.

Operas

Glinka’s first Russian opera, A Life for the Tsar, was well received at its first staging in 1836. His second full opera, Ruslan and Lyudmila, with a libretto by Pushkin, proved less acceptable at its first staging in St Petersburg in 1842. The overtures to these operas make effective curtain-raisers.

Orchestral Music

Travel abroad inspired the Spanish mood of Capriccio brillante on the Jota aragonesa, also known as the ‘First Spanish Overture’. The second overture of the series was expanded from Recuerdos de Castilla (‘Souvenirs of Castile’) into Souvenir d’une nuit d’été à Madrid (‘Memory of a Summer Night in Madrid’). Kamarinskaya, written in Warsaw, uses Slavic thematic material.

Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
BRUCH, M.: 8 Pieces / GLINKA, M.I.: Trio pathetique in D Minor (Montagnana Trio) Delos
FA8003
Chamber Music
CHABRIER / GLINKA / MASSENET / RAVEL: Spanish Festival Amadis
7137
Orchestral
CHALIAPIN, Feodor: A Vocal Portrait (1907-1936) Naxos Historical
8.110748-49
Opera
Chamber Music with Clarinet - BEETHOVEN, L. van / GLINKA, M.I. / HO, Chee-Kong / HINDSON, M. / LYSIGHT, M. (Clarinet North-South-East-West) (Luxen) Naxos
9.70144
Chamber Music
CLASSICAL CHILL 1 - The Ultimate Collection Naxos
8.570171-72
Instrumental
COLLAGE - A Celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the Peabody Institute, 1857-2007 Naxos
8.570403
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
Discover Music of the Romantic Era Naxos Educational
8.558155-56
Orchestral
FAMOUS OVERTURES, Vol. 1 Amadis
7136
Opera
GLINKA, M.: Ruslan and Lyudmilla: Overture / TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.: Nutcracker: Act II (Rozhdestvensky) (BBC Proms, 1981) (NTSC) ICA Classics
ICAD5027
Classical Concert
GLINKA, M.I.: Life for the Tsar (A) [Opera] Capriccio
C10783-85
Opera
GLINKA, M.I.: Songs (Koptchak) ArcoDiva
UP0020-2
Vocal
GLINKA, M.I.: Songs and Romances (Complete), Vol. 1 (A Tribute for the 200th Anniversary, 1840-1856) Delos
DE3338
Vocal
GLINKA: Complete Piano Music, Vol. 1 BIS
BIS-CD-979
Instrumental
GLINKA: Complete Piano Music, Vol. 2 BIS
BIS-CD-980
Instrumental
GLINKA: Complete Piano Music, Vol. 3 BIS
BIS-CD-981
Instrumental
GLINKA: Ivan Susanin (A Life for the Tsar) (Mikhailov, Spiller, Melik-Pashayev) (1947, 1950) Naxos Historical
8.111078-80
Opera
GLINKA: Ivan Susanin, or A Life for the Tsar (Changalovich, Glavachevich) (1955) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80023-25
Opera
Great Singers Live (6 CD Box Set) BR-Klassik
900309
Opera
Great Singers Live: Ghiaurov, Nicolai BR-Klassik
900304
Opera
Guitar Duo Recital: Czar's Guitars - PETTOLETTI, P. / MORKOV, V.I. / SOR, F. / VARLAMOV, A. / AKSIONOV, S. (Souvenirs of Russia) Dorian Sono Luminus
DSL-92112
Instrumental
GURYAKOVA, Olga: Russian Arias and Romances Delos
DE3273
Opera
Harp Recital: Vigh, Andrea - BACH, J.S. / HANDEL, G.F. / PESCETTI, G.B. / GLINKA, M.I. / DURAND, A. / DEBUSSY, C. / FAURE, G. Capriccio
C10474
Instrumental
MALMO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: Portrait BIS
BIS-CD-570
Opera
MCCLEERY, D.: Discover Music of the Romantic Era (Unabridged) Naxos AudioBooks
NA495212
Orchestral
MUSIC FOR SOLO HARP Naxos
8.555791
Instrumental
MUSICAL JOURNEY (A) – CRIMEA / RUSSIA / UZBEKISTAN (NTSC) Naxos
2.110291
Classical Concert
MUSICAL JOURNEY (A) - MADRID, LA MANCHA, TOLEDO (NTSC) Naxos
2.110509
Classical Concert
MUSICAL JOURNEY (A) - SPAIN: A Musical Visit to Madrid, La Mancha and Cordoba (NTSC) Naxos
2.110308
Classical Concert
NEW YEAR'S CONCERT: Swedish Chamber Orchestra Naxos
8.557217
Orchestral
Opera Arias (Bass): Abdrazakov, Ildar - RACHMANINOV, S. / GLINKA, M.I. / BORODIN, A.P. / MUSSORGSKY, M.P. (Power Players: Russian Arias for Bass) Delos
DE3456
Opera
Opera Arias (Counter-tenor): Kowalski, Jochen - GLINKA, M.I. / TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I. / MUSSORGSKY, M.P. / RIMSKY-KORSAKOV, N.A. (The Russian Opera Album) Capriccio
C67006
Opera, Orchestral
OPERA HIGHLIGHTS, Vol. 2 (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
102049
Opera DVD
OPERA WITHOUT WORDS - The Most Famous Overtures, Preludes, and Interludes in Opera Naxos
8.557945-46
Orchestral
Orchestral Music - KHACHATURIAN, A.I. / PROKOFIEV, S. / RIMSKY-KORSAKOV, N.A. / GLINKA, M.I. / SHOSTAKOVICH, D. (Kurtz) (1946, 1947) Naxos Classical Archives
9.81165
Orchestral
Orchestral Music (Russian) - GLINKA, M.I. / BORODIN, A.P. / SHOSTAKOVICH, D. / PROKOFIEV, S. (Overtures and Orchestral Works) (Pletnev) Newton Classics
NC8802037
Orchestral
ORCHESTRAL SPECTACULAR Naxos
8.557860
Opera
Piano Duo Recital: Portenaw Piano Duo - CZERNY, C. / THALBERG, S. / LISZT, F. / GLINKA, M.I. (The Piano at the Opera) Newton Classics
NC8802146
Instrumental
Piano Recital: Gelius, Micaela - FIELD, J. / DEBUSSY, C. / SCHUMANN, R. / CHOPIN, F. / GLINKA, M.I. / GRIFFES, C. (Piano Night Pieces) Music Agents Red Label
MA505
Instrumental
Piano Recital: Kamangar, Tara - GLINKA, M.I. / HOSSEIN, A. / KHACHATURIAN, A.I. / SHOSTAKOVICH, D. (East of Melancholy) Delos
DE3471
Instrumental
Piano Recital: Scherbakov, Konstantin (ME - On Wings of Song) TwoPianists
TP1039107
Instrumental
PRESIDENT'S OWN UNITED STATES MARINE BAND: Bicentennial Collection (The) Altissimo
75442261012
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
PRESIDENT'S OWN UNITED STATES MARINE BAND: Bicentennial Collection (The), Vol. 4 (Historic Soloists and William F. Santelmann) Altissimo
75442261972
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
PRESIDENT'S OWN UNITED STATES MARINE BAND: Santelmann, Vol. 8 of the Robert Hoe Collection The Robert Hoe Collection
75442263212
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
RIMSKY-KORSAKOV, N.: Scheherazade (Ormandy) (NTSC) EuroArts
2072278
Opera DVD
RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: Snow Maiden / GLINKA: Overture Naxos
8.553247
Opera
RUBINSTEIN / GLINKA / GLAZUNOV / STRAVINSKY / SHOSTAKOVICH: Russian Viola Music BIS
BIS-CD-358
Chamber Music
RUSSIAN FAVORITES Naxos
8.571094
Orchestral
RUSSIAN FESTIVAL Naxos
8.570047
Opera
Russian Festival Naxos
8.550085
Orchestral
RUSSIAN FESTIVAL Naxos
8.570047
Orchestral
Russian Festival Naxos
8.550085
Orchestral, Opera
RUSSIAN OPERA ARIAS, Vol. 2 Naxos
8.554844
Opera
Spanish Festival Naxos
8.550086
Orchestral
Spanish Festival Naxos
DVDI 0995
Classical Concert
TENOR ARIAS (Janez Lotric) Naxos
8.555920
Opera
UNITED STATES ARMY BRASS QUINTET: Encore! Altissimo
75442262272
Chamber Music
UNITED STATES ARMY FIELD BAND AND SOLDIERS' CHORUS: Band Music Altissimo
75442262652
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
Vocal Recital: Grigorian, Stella - MONTSALVATGE, X. / GUASTAVINO, C. / NIN, J. OBRADORS, F. / GLINKA, M.I. / TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I. Oehms Classics
OC719
Vocal
Vocal Recital: Hvorostovsky, Dmitri - GLINKA, M.I. / DARGOMYZHSKY, A.S. / BORODIN, A.P. / RIMSKY-KORSAKOV, N.A. / CUI, C. (Pushkin Romances) Delos
DE3392
Vocal
WALDBUHNE IN BERLIN 1997 - St. Petersburg Night (Barenboim, Mehta) (PAL) Arthaus Musik
107172
Classical Concert
WALDBUHNE IN BERLIN 1997 - St. Petersburg Night (Barenboim, Mehta) (PAL) TDKDVD
DV-WBSPE
Classical Concert




 
 
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