Wartime Music, Vol. 11 YURI KOCHUROV (1907-1951): Macbeth Symphony, The Suvorov Overture, Solemn March, Heroic Aria for Mezzo-Soprano and Orchestra.
Catalogue Number: 07M008
Label: Northern Flowers
Reference: NF/PMA 9981
Description: Kochurov was best-known in the USSR for his romances and songs and he wrote very few orchestral pieces. The Macbeth Symphony (1940-48) uses material from music for a stage production of Shakespeare and is one of the more interesting and unusual Soviet pieces you're likely to hear since it's a Lisztian tone-poem, lasting 29 minutes, in six clearly programmatic segments (which alternate fast and slow music). The composer's full text of what's going on is included. The other works are all from during the war, when Kochurov stayed and starved in Leningrad, and are fully in line with the Soviet musicmaking which this series has delivered so far. Russian-English texts. Olesya Petrova (mezzo), St. Petersburg State Academic Symphony Orchestra; Alexander Titov.