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Russian Film Music III CD & DVD

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Russian Film Music portrays some of the most moving and thrilling muisc. After a seemingly inexhaustible yield of beautiful classical music over the past 300 years, the 20th century has accelerated the widening gap between serious music, usually the term for classical music, and popular music which is usually characterized by relatively shorter scores, simple harmonies and memorable melodies. However, isolated works of serious music have increasingly become “popular music” (so called “crossovers”) through simplification, arrangements and repeated exposure.  Russian Film Music of the 1930s to the 1980s, with its clear classical roots, has in some ways, bridged the gap, although the music composed for the films produced in the seventies clearly reflect an increasing “crossover” tendency.

The very first composer to write original film music was Camille Saint-Saens. In 1908, he wrote a suit for strings, piano and harmonium for the film, L’assassinat de Duc Guise. Similar efforts for composing music for cinema were ongoing in Germany and the USA and in 1928, a German composer, E. Majze, composed music for the Berlin premier of the world-famous Battleship Potemkin by S. Eisenstein. Lenin nationalised the Russian Film industry in 1919 and put it under control of the People’s Commissariat of Enlightenment who demanded the production of films intended to glorify the 1917 Revolution. In 1922, the government created Goskino, the State Cinema Enterprise, which centralized control of the film industry. Goskino was renamed Sovkino in 1926. The first original film music in the USSR was written by Shostakovich in 1929 for the film, New Babylon. In the course of history, one may not be blamed for assuming that V.I. Lenin had an eye for the obvious propaganda value of the 20’s fast developing film industry when he once said: “Cinematography is the most important of all the arts.”  We can surely add to Lenin’s quote that music is one of the most important elements in the art of making movies. 

In the 30s, Russian film music took its first steps towards independence from the films themselves and gradually moved from the decorative, inflexible propaganda role of the 20s into the emotional depth of the characters, awakening compassion and nostalgic feelings in the listeners’ hearts and bringing tears to their eyes. Even though propaganda and censure continued to play a major part in movie production during the “Iron Curtain” period, if one ask any Russian of that generation if he or she enjoyed those Russian movies, the answer would be an enthusiastic “yes”! During that difficult period there was an extraordinary need to be “carried away” - dreaming of wealth and romance- and in this sense, the film music fulfilled its role immaculately. While watching a movie enhanced by today’s exceptionally high quality sound production, it is possible we have come to take the music for granted. We hardly notice the music as though it is a shadow in the background. Yet, its ability to colour silent scenes, bridge pauses in conversation, or create atmospheres of high drama, tension and suspense should never be underestimated. The music is always there, playing a major part in creating the identity of the movie. Many movies are remembered and identified only because of their wonderful music. Although some film are forgotten, the music still lives on independently. We tend to forget that once recorded the music is forever.

The Soviet period saw a vast production of mainly propaganda films, but in between there were films released without political overtones - some on historical themes. The sound tracks of which some scores no longer exist, were usually recorded by unnamed studio ensembles and the sound quality was not always the best. However, since most of this music is unlikely to be known beyond Russia, it must be a secondary consideration and emphasis should instead be on the choice of the music and track sequence. The DVD is showing film clips from the films for which the music on the CD was originally composed. As there is more than one clip from some of the films, the DVD features the film clips in a different order referring to the track order on the CD at the start of each clip. Welcome to the world of Russian Film Music


The Russian Film Music III DVD

Love Themes from
Overture from
Theme of December from
The Swing from
Theme of Annenkov from
Anxious from
Waltz from
 Finale from
Winter Garden from
Song about Oncoming from
Boys and the Sea from
Morning in Moscow from
Improvisation from
Love Theme from
Listen to Bach (The Earth) from
The Theme from
Overture from
Smile in old Moscow from
Promise me Love from
Walking on the Prairie from
Battle with the Indians from
The River from
The appearance of Alice from
Alice return to the Future from

  "Slave of Love" Director Nikita Mikhalkov
"Star of Captivating Happiness" Director Vladimir Motyl
"Star of Captivating Happiness" Director Vladimir Motyl
"Star of Captivating Happiness" Director Vladimir Motyl
"Star of Captivating Happiness" Director Vladimir Motyl
“The Cavalier announced Dead” Director Karen Shahnazarov
"Speaking for the poor Huzzar" Director Eldar Ryazanov
"The Red Bells" Director Sergei Bondarchuk
"Michurin” Director Alexander Dovzshenko
"Oncoming" Directors F. Ermler & S. Utkevuch
"Goodbye Boys" Director Mikhail Kalik
"Olga Sergeevna" Director Alexander Proshkin
"Olga Sergeevna" Director Alexander Proshkin
"Lost Expedition" Director Veniamin Dorman
"Solaris" Director Andrey Tarkovsky
"Stalker" Director Andrey Tarkovsky
"The Moscow Saga" Director Dmitry Barschevsky
"We are from Jazz" Director Karen Shahnazarov
"The Aquanaut" Director Igor Voznesenski
"The Man from Capucin Boulevard" Director Alla Surikova
"The Man from Capucin Boulevard" Director Alla Surikova
"Gipsy Tabor  lives in the Sky" Director Emil Lotianu
"The Guest from the Future" Director Pavel Arsenov
"The Guest from the Future" Director Pavel Arsenov

Total Playing time 01:25:40

Russian Film Music III CD


 1.  Alexander Zhurbin "Overture" from "The Moscow Saga" (1984)
 2.  Edward Artemieu "Love Theme" from "Slave of Love" (1975)
 3.  Issak Schwartz  "Ouverture" from "Star of Captivating Happines" (1975)
 4.  Mikhael Tariverdiev "Boy and the Sea" from "Goodbye Boys" (1964)
 5.  Issak Schwartz "Theme of Decembers" from "Star of Captivating Happines" (1975)
 6.  Mikhael Tariverdiev "Morning in Moscow" from "Olga Sergeevna" 1975              
 7.  Issak Schwartz "The Swing" from "Star of Captivating Happiness" (1975)
 8.  Mikhael Tariverdiev "Love Theme" from "Lost Expedition" (1979)
 9.  Issak Schwartz "Theme of Annenkov" from "Star of Captivating Happines" (1975)
10. Mikhael Tariverdiev "Improvisation" from "Olga Sergeevna" (1975)
11. Dmitry Shostakovich "Song about Oncoming" from "Oncoming" (1932)
12. Edward Artemieu "Listen to Bach (The Earth)" from Solaris (1972)
13. Dmitry Shostakovich "Morning" from "Year as Life" (1966)
14. Gennady Gladkov "Walking on the Praire" from "The Man from Capucin Boulevard" (1978)
15. Dmitry Shostakovich "Winter Garden" from "Michurin" (1948)
16. Georgy Sviridov "Finale" from "The Red Bells" (1982)
17. Gennady Gladkov "Battle with the Indians" from "The Man from Capucin Boulevard" (1978)
18. Anatoly Kroll "Anxious" from "The Cavalier announced Dead" (2004)
19. Evgeny Krylatov "The Appearance of Alice" from "The Guest from the Future" (1984)
20. Evgeny Krytalovn"Alice return to the Future" from "The Guest from the Future" (1984)
21. Edward Artemieu "Theme" from "Stalker" (1979)
22. Evgeny Krylatov "The Forest Sheep" from "Oh, Anastasia" (1971)
23. Andrey Petrov "Waltz" from "Speaking for the poor Huzzar" (1980)
24. Evgeny Krylatov "Promise Me Love" from "The Aquanaut" (1979)       
25. Evgeny Doga "The River" from "Gipsy Tabor (Camp) lives in the Sky" (1976)
26. Anatoly Kroll “Smile in old Moscow” from "We come from Jazz" (1983)
                                                         Total Time 74:04



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