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The Golden Three

Duration:
1 hour
First broadcast:
Saturday 02 April 2011

Music at the Russian Imperial Court in the mid 18th century was largely provided by itinerant Italian masters like Paisiello, Galuppi & Manfredini, but by the end of the century a group of three talented Ukrainians began to take St Petersburg by storm. Maxim Berezovsky, Artemy Vedel and Dimitri Bortniansky became known as The Golden Three, and provided four successive monarchs with chamber music, choruses and operatic entertainments. Lucie Skeaping looks at the lives and music of these three, now uncelebrated composers, alongside the music of some of their western European teachers.

Music Played

8 items
  • Image for Artemy Vedel

    Artemy Vedel May our mouths be filled with praise

    Performers: Dumka Choir

    MELODIYA, SUCD 10-00282

  • Image for Vincenzo Manfredini

    Vincenzo Manfredini Concerto for harpsichord, 2 oboes & strings in B flat [1st movement]

    Performers: Musica Petropolitana

    OPUS 111, 30-231

  • Image for Baldassare Galuppi

    Baldassare Galuppi Benché giusto a vendicarmi (from 'Antigono')

    Performers: Catherine King (mezzo-soprano), Il Canto di Orfeo, Gianluca Capuano (director)

    AVIE, AV 2116

  • Image for Dmitry Stepanovich Bortniansky

    Dmitry Stepanovich Bortniansky Concert 105 (Psalm 112)

    Performers: Yourlov Academy Choir, Stanislav Goussev (director)

    SAISON RUSSE, CDM LDC 288 041

  • Image for Maxim Berezovsky

    Maxim Berezovsky Violin Sonata in C major

    Performers: Andrei Reshetin (violin), Dmitri Sokolov (cello), Irini Shneyerova (violin)

    OPUS 111, 30-231

  • Image for Maxim Berezovsky

    Maxim Berezovsky Sacred Concerto: Cast me not off in the time of my old age

    Performers: Joyful Company of Singers, Peter Broadbent (conductor)

    MERIDIAN, CDE 84257

  • Image for Artemy Vedel

    Artemy Vedel Peaceful Light

    Performers: Yourlov Academic Choir, Stanislav Goussev (conductor)

    SAISON RUSSE, CDM 288 094

  • Image for Dmitry Stepanovich Bortniansky

    Dmitry Stepanovich Bortniansky Quintet for violin, viola, cello, harp & piano (3rd movement)

    Performers: Moscow Ancient Music Ensemble

    Mezhdunarodnaya Kniga, MK 417119

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