Destins Tragiques

I Musici de Montreal; Elvira Misbakhova

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Format: CD

Cat No: ACD22862

Release Date:  27 October 2023

Label:  Atma Classique

Packaging Type:  Jewel Case

No of Units:  1

Barcode:  722056286220

Genres:  Classical  Orchestral  

  • Description

    The viola is front-and-centre in 'Destins Tragiques', a new album by violist Elvira Misbakhova with I Musici de Montreal conducted by Jean-Francois Rivest.

    Destins tragiques presents works that were originally composed in the 1930s based on tragic figures from Shakespeare -- Romeo and Juliet, and Lady Macbeth, who was later featured as the title character of an 1865 novella by Nikolai Leskov.

    These works were subsequently reinterpreted in a more contemporary key: an arrangement for viola and piano orchestrated for viola and string ensemble of Prokofiev's ballet Romeo and Juliet, and a Fantasy on themes from the opera "Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk" by Shostakovich, a work rearranged for viola and string ensemble by Canadian composer Airat Ichmouratov.

    With Prokofiev's approval, violist Vadim Borisovsky created thirteen arrangements for viola and piano of the ballet Romeo and Juliet. The suite based on Romeo and Juliet by composer, violist, arranger, and orchestrator Francois Vallieres features seven of Borisovsky's arrangements in a new orchestration for viola and string ensemble.

    In 2006, Tatar-born Montreal composer, clarinettist, and conductor Airat Ichmouratov created a Fantasy for Viola and Orchestra on Themes from the Opera "Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk" by Shostakovich (dedicated to Eleonora Turovsky). He then reduced the orchestral part, itself based on Shostakovich's, for viola and string ensemble.

    Elvira Misbakhova is currently principal viola with the Orchestre Metropolitain, and member of the viola section of the Orchestre I Musici de Montreal since June 2022. Founded in 1983 by Yuli Turovsky, I Musici de Montreal Chamber Orchestra is composed of 15 exceptional musicians who bring to life a varied repertoire ranging from the 17th century to the present day.

  • Tracklisting

      Disc 1

      Side 1

      • 1. Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64 I. . Introduction
      • 2. The Street Wakens
      • 3. The Young Juliet
      • 4. Dance of the Knights
      • 5. Balcony Scene
      • 6. Mercutio
      • 7. Juliet's Death
      • 8. Airat Ichmouratov: Fantasy for Viola and Orchestra