VASILY KALAFATI (1869-1942): Symphony in A Minor, Op. 12, Légende, for Chorus and Orchestra, Op. 20, Polonaise in F, Op. 14 (World Premiere Recordings).
Catalogue Number: 09W001
Description: Greek by parentage, Kalafati settled permanently in St Petersburg in 1892 where he counted Rimsky-Korsakov among his teachers, and later included Stravinsky among a distinguished roll-call of his own students. Kalafati’s style incorporated elements of the Russian National School into traditional forms, as can be heard in the wide-ranging contrasts and Romantic lyricism of his only symphony, a big, four-movement work of 46 minutes dating from 1899-1912. The Polonaise (1905) has a celebratory character with exceptionally bright orchestration, while the ingenious Légende from 1928 - yet another entry in the Schubert Centenary Competition - commemorates Schubert by transforming three of his themes into a colorful late-Romantic symphonic poem of 28 minutes with wordless choir that earned Kalafati well-deserved distinction at its premiere. Choir of the Music Department of the University of Athens, Athens Philharmonia Orchestra; Byron Fidetzis.