ANDREI PETROV (1930-2006): The Creation of the World, Suites Nos. 1 (St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra; Yuri Temirkanov. rec. 1971) & 3 (St. Petersburg Chamber Orchestra; Eduard Serov. rec. 1979), The Master and Margarita - Symphonic Fantasy (St. Petersburg PO; Alexander Dmitriev. rec. 1989), Farewell to... - Symphonic Fantasy (State Kapella Symphony Orchestra; Alexander Chernushenko. rec. 2008).
Catalogue Number: 05M012
Label: Northern Flowers
Reference: NF/PMA 9983
Description: Various excerpts of the ballet Creation (premiered in 1971) have been around in the last decade or so; these two suites contain six pieces and the luridly colored, ironic, frequently grotesque music is a real kick - more fun than you think Soviet composers should have been having under the Brezhnev regime. The 24-minute Master and Margarita - really a single-movement symphony - adds more subtle nuances of intimacy and warmth while still retaining many of the brasher, dance-like language of Creation. Farewell to... written in 2005, would seem to be Petrov's farewell to life and apparently encapsulates a kaleidoscope of impressions from his eventful life-span: jazz, film-score styles (Petrov was a very successful composer for film from early in his career), balletic sequences, fear, horror, pain, nostalgia and, always, the irony one always traces to Shostakovich - all are here in a kind of vivid, internal monologue.