Ippolitov-Ivanov: Caucasian Sketches. Gliere: The Red Poppy
He recorded extensively for Decca and the Gliere and Ippolitov-Ivanov pieces were taped by the Decca recording team and issued by RCA in 1957 as part of a reciprocal arrangement the two companies had at the time. This is their first appearance on Decca as well as on CD.
The suite from Gliere`s The Red Poppy is drawn from a three-act ballet, its music full of backward glances towards Rimsky-Korsakov and others, and containing a spirited account of the popular `Russian Sailor`s Dance`. Ippolitov-Ivanov took an active interest in Russia`s ethnic minorities and he brings to this music several of the influences that pervaded his time in Georgia. The popularity of the first set of Caucasian Sketches (recorded here) has eclipsed that of the second.
IPPOLITOV-IVANOV: Caucasian Sketches
GLIERE: The Red Poppy: suite
London Philharmonic Orchestra
FIRST RELEASE ON CD