Secular Music - Maxim Berezovsky. (2003)

Berezovsky

Pratum Integrum Orchestra, Galina Knysh, Olga Martynova, S. Filchenko, P. Serbin, O. Martynova, B. Serbin, D. Sinkovsky, Yu. Vdovitchenko

Little is known about the life of Maxim Sozontovich Berezovsky (ca.1745–1777). Almost no documentary material has survived, and biographies of the composer published in the 19th century were for the most part based on conjecture and supposition. His tragic demise, exceptional talent and short life might seem a compelling plot for romantic fiction. A novella by Nestor Kukolnik appeared in the 1840s and a play by Peter Smirnov was staged at the Alexandrine Imperial Theatre in St. Petersburg. Andrei Tarkovsky’s use of Berezovsky’s music in the film “Nostalgia” was a striking example of the contemporary rediscovery of his art. For some time the composer’s place in Russian musical history was defined solely by his enormous contribution to the development of sacred works. It was only in the 20th century that researchers came across secular compositions whose artistic quality once again confirmed Berezovsky’s unique gift. These newly discovered works allowed music historians to shift the onset of the Russian school of composition from the 1780s (when Bortnyansky, Fomin, Pashkevich and Khandoshkin were writing) to the 1760s and early 1770s, i.e. to the time when Berezovsky produced his best choral concertos, instrumental works and operas.

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Pratum Integrum Orchestra

The Pratum Integrum orchestra performs with authentic instruments. The Latin name translates as ‘unmown meadow’ and refers to their broad-ranging repertoire from the Baroque and Classical periods, about which little is known to this day. This is the only orchestra in Russia in which all the groups of historic instruments are represented: strings, wind and percussion, and moreover all the instruments were made in the 18th to 19th centuries or copied from period examples. Pratum Integrum’s performances are a careful recreation using original treatises, primary sources and eye-witness accounts by contemporaries. 
The orchestra was established in Moscow in 2003 with sponsorship from the company Essential Music, immediately gaining a reputation as an extraordinary, outstanding and highly professional group of musicians with a predilection for fast tempos and vivid, fresh interpretations. 

Olga Martynova

Olga Martynova is one of the premier harpsichordists in Russia today. An honours graduate in piano and harpsichord from the Moscow Conservatoire, she decided to devote herself to early music after hearing a recital in France by Hopkinson Smith, the distinguished performer of early plucked instruments. His master classes made a profound impression on her and deeply influenced her understanding of music. Martynova continued her studies in France, graduating from the Ecole Nationale de Musique de Bobigny with a gold medal. She went on to win the Van Wassenaer competition in the Netherlands and the Premio Bonporti in Italy, and has given harpsichord and piano recitals all over Europe. Since 2003 Olga Martynova has performed on historical instruments and toured with the Moscow orchestra Pratum Integrum. Like Pratum Integrum she records exclusively for the Caro Mitis label. Her previous recordings feature selected keyboard sonatas by Johann Christian Bach (CM 0052004), transcriptions of Baroque music for harpsichord (CM 0072004), Johann Caspar Ferdinand Fischer’s Musicalisches Blumen- Bu?schlein (CM 0012006) and piano pieces of the 19th and 20th centuries arranged for harpsichord (CM 0102006). These recordings have been widely praised (the German magazine Toccata- Alte Musik aktuell voted the album of J.C. Bach sonatas ‘CD of the month’). Olga Martynova also performs with the Moscow Baroque and A La Russe ensembles, and teaches at the Moscow Conservatoire and Gnesin School of Music.

 

 

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Secular Music - Maxim Berezovsky. (2003)

Berezovsky

Pratum Integrum Orchestra, Galina Knysh, Olga Martynova, S. Filchenko, P. Serbin, O. Martynova, B. Serbin, D. Sinkovsky, Yu. Vdovitchenko

Microphones: Neumann km130 DPA (B & K) 4006 ; DPA (B & K) 4011
Producer: Michael Serebryanyi
Recording Engineer: Erdo Groot, Roger de Schot
Recording location: 5th Studio of The Russian Television and Radio
Recording Software: Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD64

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Sinfonia in C major-Allegro molto
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Sinfonia in C major-Andante
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Sinfonia in C major-Presto
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Aria of Timante Prudente mi chiedi - Demofont- opera
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Aria of Timante Misero pargoletto - Demofont -opera
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Sonata in B Flat major for Harpsichord
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Sonata in C major for Harpsichord
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Sonata in F major for Harpsichord-Allegro
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Sonata in F major for Harpsichord-Ariette
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Sonata in C major for Violin and Harpsichord-Allegro
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Sonata in C major for Violin and Harpsichord-Grave
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Sonata in C major for Violin and Harpsichord-Menuetto con 6 variazioni
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Quartet Cast Me Not Off In The Time Of Old Age -Strings
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