Suggestion for a Russian orchestral piece

July 11, 2005 at 11:43 PM · Our community orchestra is performing an all Russian music in our next concert. So far we have Swan Lake, Alone in the Bare Mountain and Sabre Dance. We need another larger Russian orchestral piece to fill up the 2nd half of the concert... I'm thinking of Rachmaninov's Symphonic Dance or Isle of the Dead, but not sure if it's gonna be too much for us to handle.

Any other suggestions?

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July 11, 2005 at 11:50 PM · Tchaik. 1812 overture perhaps?

July 12, 2005 at 12:58 AM · rimsky-korsakov: russian easter overture- that piece rocks!

July 12, 2005 at 04:22 PM · i vote for night on bald mountain by mussorgsky

July 12, 2005 at 06:30 PM · Yes, Brian is right. Khachaturian was Armenian, if that's who wrote your Sabre Dance.

July 12, 2005 at 11:40 PM · Yes, Khachaturyan did write Sabre dance.


July 13, 2005 at 12:39 AM · How about Kallinikov Symphony No. 1? It's a terrific piece!

July 13, 2005 at 03:58 AM · If you have a good concertmaster, Rimsky-Korsakov, "Shaharazade"

Mussorgsky, "Pictures at an Exhibition"

July 13, 2005 at 05:08 AM · Stravinksy Firebird Suite (not quite as hard as Rite of Spring or Petruchka)

Shostakovich Festival Overture is a real treat; any of his symphonies would be even better!

Prokofiev's symphonies, esp. 1 and 5, go over well and are very great music.

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