This set presents a great opportunity to become more familiar with the charismatic Russian conductor, Alexander Gauk. He was also a composer but is probably better known for his orchestral arrangements, notably of Tchaikovsky's 'The Seasons', included in this set.
Many of the most prominent Russian conductors of the twentieth century were once pupils of Alexander Gauk, for example, Evgeny Mravinsky and Evgeny Sveltanov. Gauk, who died in 1963, was one of those talented Russian musicians who rarely had the opportunity to experience the western lifestyle yet his fame did reach beyond his mother country.
Apart from featuring some of today's better known symphonies by Shostakovich (Nos. 5 and 11) and the aforementioned 'The Seasons', the Gauk
Edition comprises seldom performed works by Arensky, Balakirev (Islamey), Myaskovsky (Symphony No. 17) and Glinka and Rimsky-Korsakov.
Arensky: March, in memory of Suvorov; Characteristic Pieces (24), Op. 36: In the Fields; Waltz in F major, from: 6 Children's Pieces Op. 34
Beethoven: Coriolan Overture, Op. 62;
Bizet: Patrie Overture, Op. 19
Casella: Italia, Op. 11
Dukas: The Sorcerer's Apprentice
Enescu: Romanian Rhapsody in A major, Op. 11 No. 1
Glazunov: Spring, Op. 34; Waltz in D major Op. 42 No. 3
Glinka: Premiere Polka in B Flat Major; Kamarinskaya; Memory of Friendship; Patriotic Song
Ivanov-Radkevich: Russian Overture;
Khachaturian: Spartacus Suite; Symphony No.1 in E minor
Liszt: A Faust Symphony, S108;
Mendelssohn: Ruy Blas Overture, Op. 95
Miaskovsky: Symphony No. 17 in G sharp minor, Op. 41;
Milhaud: Suite Provençale
Prokofiev: Flourish, Mighty Land Op. 114; Russian Overture, Op. 72
Rachmaninov: Three Russian Songs, Op. 41
Rimsky Korsakov: The Song of Oleg, The Wise
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47; Symphony No. 11 in G minor, Op. 103 'The year 1905'
Tchaikovsky: The Seasons, Op. 37b; Hamlet's Overture & Incidental Music