Edison Denisov

Internet Edition compiled by Onno van Rijen

Updated 3 June 2012


Born

6 April 1929 in Tomsk. Died on 24 November 1996 in Paris.

Education

At Music School of Tomsk from 1946 until 1947 (piano); at University of Tomsk from 1947 until 1951 (mathematics); at Moscow Conservatory (under Shebalin and Peiko).

Works

"Nocturnes", song cycle after Bo-Tzui-I for mezzo-soprano and piano (1953)

Symphony No. 1 C major (1955)

Trio for clarinet, bassoon and violin (1957)

Sinfonietta on Tadzhik Themes (1957)

String Quartet No. 1 F minor opus 3 (1957)

Sonate C major for two violins (1958)

"Young Suffering" after H. Heine, song cycle for baritone and piano (1958)

Small Suite for orchestra (1958)

Soldier Ivan, opera in three acts after motifs from Russian folk fairy tales (1956-1959)

Chambersymphony for clarinet, bassoon, piano and strings (1960)

Bagatelles for piano opus 10 (1960)

Sonata for flute and piano (1960)

CD BIS CD 419 review - M. Wiesler (flute), R. Pontinen (piano)
"Sibirian Earth", oratorio after A. Tvardovsky for narrator, bass, chorus and orchestra (1960)

Music for 11 windinstruments and timpani opus 13 (1961)

For flute, two oboes, two clarinets, two bassoons, trumpet, two trombones, tuba and timpani
String Quartet No. 2 opus 14 (1961)

Suite for cello and piano (1961)

CD Etcetera KTC 1179 review - A. Zagorinsky (cello), A. Shmitov (piano)
Variations for piano (1961)
LP Opus 9111 0342 - L. Majlingova (piano)
CD Etcetera KTC 1179 review - A. Shmitov (piano)
Symphony No. 2 for two stringorchstras and percussion (1962)

"Canti di Catullo, songs for bass and three trombones (1962)

Concerto No. 1 for flute, oboe, piano and percussion opus 18 (1963)

Sonata for violin and piano opus 19 (1963)

LP Le Chant du Monde CM 480 LDX 485 - Jean-Pierre Armengaud (piano), Devy Erlih (violin)
LP Melodiya C10 07283 004
CD Le Chant du Monde LDC 278 1057 - Jean-Pierre Armengaud (piano), Devy Erlih (violin)
"The Sun of Incas" after Gabriela Mistrell for soprano, flute, oboe, horn, trumpet, two pianos, percussion, violin and cello opus 20 (1964)
LP Melodiya C10 18403-4 - Bolshoi Theatre Soloists Ensemble, A. Lazarev (cond), N. Lee (soprano)
CD Russian Disc RDCD 17 003 review - Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble, Natalia Zagorinskaya (soprano)
"Italian Songs" after A. Blok for soprano, flute, horn, violin and harpsichord opus 21 (1964)
LP Melodiya C10 18403 004
CD MFCD 869
Crescendo e diminuendo for harpsichord and twelve strings opus 22 (1965)
LP Columbia MS 7052
"Les Pleurs", lamentations after russian folksongs for soprano, piano and three percussionists opus 23 (1966)

"Five Stories of Mr. Keuner" after B. Brecht for tenor, soprano clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano, percussion and double bass (1966)

Three Pieces for piano four hands opus 25 (1967)

CD Le Chant du Monde LDC 278 1057 - Jean-Pierre Armengaud and Jean-Claude Pennetier (piano)
CD Pierre Verany PV 790112 - Madalena Soveral and Jean-Louis Haguenauer (piano)
Three Pieces for cello and piano opus 26 (1967)
LP Melodiya C10 10168
CD CdM Russian Season LDC 288 058 - Alexander Rudin (cello), Jean-Pierre Armengaud (piano)
CD Etcetera KTC 1179 review - A. Zagorinsky (cello), A. Shmitov (piano)
Concerto No. 2 for flute, oboe, piano and percussion (1967)

"Ode in Memory of Che Guevara" for clarinet, piano and percussion opus 27 (1968)

LP Balkanton 11542
LP Egred LD 3653
LP Fratelli Fabbri Editori MM 1110 CD Col Legno WWE 1CD 31864: E. Brunner (clarinet), R. Levin (piano), P. Sadlo (percussion)
"Musique Romantique (Romantic Music)" for oboe, harp and string trio opus 28 (1968)
LP Melodiya C10 10982 004: Anatoli Lyubimov (oboe), Nadezhda Tolstava (harp), Nikolai Kravets (violin), Mikhail Tolpygo (viola), Yuri Anshelevich (cello)
CD BMG Melodiya 74321 56262 2: Anatoli Lyubimov (oboe), Nadezhda Tolstava (harp), Nikolai Kravets (violin), Mikhail Tolpygo (viola), Yuri Anshelevich (cello)
CD Olympia OCD 283 - Sergei Velikanov (oboe), Olga Eldarova (harp), Alexander Avramenko (violin)

, Maria Hodina (violin), Vladimir Kovalev (viola), Natalie Savinova (cello)

"Autumn" after V. Chlebnikov for thirteen solo voices opus 29 (1968)

String Trio (1969)

D-S-C-H for clarinet, trombone, cello and piano (1969)

Wind Quintet (1969)

LP Melodiya 31057 - Wind Quintet of Moscow Philharmonic SO
Silhouettes for flute, two pianos and percussion (1969)

"Chant des Oiseaux" for prepared piano (or harpsichord) and tape (1969)

Two Songs after poems by I. Bunin for female voice and piano opus 35 (1970)

CD Le Chant du Monde LDC 278 951 review - E. Vassilieva (soprano), J. Schab (piano)
"Peinture" for orchestra opus 36 (1970)
LP Eterna 8 27333
LP Opus 9110 1448
LP Amadeo VSTX 1408
LP Melodiya C10 13893-4
LP Melodiya C10 18757-58: USSR Ministry of Culture SO, G. Rozhdestvensky (cond)
CD BIS CD 665 review - BBC National Orchestra of Wales, T. Otaka (cond)
CD Berlin Classics 0092602 BC review - Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, Wolf-Dieter Hauschild (cond)
CD BMG Melodiya 74321 56262 2: USSR Ministry of Culture SO, G. Rozhdestvensky (cond)
Sonata for alto saxophone and piano opus 37 (1970)
1. Allegro; 2. Lento; 3. Allegro moderato.
LP Colosseum Colos SM 640
LP Coronet LPS 3044
LP EMI C065-12805
LP Open Loop XPL 1059
Cassette Hyperion KA 66246 review - J. Harle (alto saxophone), J. Lenehan (piano)
CD BIS CD 765 review - Claude Delangle (alto saxophone), Odile Delangle (piano)
CD Globe GLO 5032 review - A. Bornkamp (alto saxophone), I. Janssen (piano)
CD Hyperion CDA 66246 review - J. Harle (alto saxophone), J. Lenehan (piano)
CD Pierre Verany PV 790112 - Claude Delangle (alto saxophone), Odile Delangle (piano)
"Chant d'Automne" after Baudelaire for soprano and orchestra opus 38 (1971)
CD Vista Vera UL-94055: Ostankino TV & Radio SO, Alexander Mikhailov (conductor), Natalia Zagorinskaja (soprano)
Trio for violin, cello and piano opus 39 (1971)
LP Le Chant du Monde LDX 685 - Devy Erlih (violin), Alain Meunier (cello), Jean-Pierre Armengaud (piano)
CD Le Chant du Monde LDC 278 1057 - Devy Erlih (violin), Alain Meunier (cello), Jean-Pierre Armengaud (piano)
Sonata for cello and piano opus 40 (1971)
CD CdM Russian Season LDC 288 058 - Alexander Rudin (cello), Jean-Pierre Armengaud (piano)
CD Etcetera KTC 1179 review - A. Zagorinsky (cello), A. Shmitov (piano)
CD Finlandia 1576-53362-2 (FACD 362) - Anssi Karttunen (cello), Tuija Hakkila (piano)
Solo for flute (1971)

Solo for oboe (1971)

LP Denon OX 7031 ND
Canon in Memory of Stravinsky for flute, clarinet and harp (1971)
LP Opus 9111 1277
Sonata B major for clarinet solo (1972)
LP BIS LP 62 - Kjell-Inge Stevensson (clarinet)
CD BIS CD 62 - Kjell-Inge Stevensson (clarinet)
CD Olympia OCD 295 - Oleg Tantsov (clarinet)
Three Pieces for harpsichord and percussion (1972)

Cello Concerto opus 44 (1972)

LP Melodiya C10 13893-4: Moscow Philharmonic SO, Dmitri Kitaenko (cond), Carine Georgian (cello)
CD Melodiya 10-00107: Moscow Philharmonic SO, Dmitri Kitaenko (cond), Carine Georgian (cello)
CD Vista Vera UL-94055: Ostankino TV & Radio SO, Alexander Mikhailov (conductor), Alexander Zagorinsky (cello)
"La Vie en Rouge" after B. Vian for solovoice, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano and percussion opus 45 (1973)
LP Le Chant du Monde LDX 78 806
Piano Concerto opus 46 (1973-1974)
LP Eterna 8 27333
CD Berlin Classics 0092602 BC review - Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra, Wolf-Dieter Hauschild (cond), Günter Philipp (piano)
CD Vista Vera UL-94055: Ostankino TV & Radio SO, Alexander Mikhailov (conductor), Maria Parshina (piano)
"Signes en Blanc (White Signs)" for piano opus 47 (1974)
LP Le Chant du Monde LDX 685 - Jean-Pierre Armengaud (piano)
CD Le Chant du Monde LDC 278 1057 - Jean-Pierre Armengaud (piano)
Two Pieces for alto saxophone and piano opus 48 (1974)

"Chorale with Variations" for trombone and piano opus 49 (1974)

CD Audite 95 435 - Thomas Horch Thomas Horch (trombone), Fritz Walter-Lingquist (piano)
CD BIS CD 478 - Christian Lindberg (trombone), Roland Pontinen (piano)
Concerto for flute and chamberorchestra opus 50 (1975)

"Aquarelle" for 24 stringinstruments opus 51 (1975)

Violin Concerto opus 52 (1976-1977)

Four Pieces for flute and piano (1977)

CD BIS CD 419 review - M. Wiesler (flute), R. Pontinen (piano)
Concerto Piccolo for saxophone and six percussionists (1977)
CD Pierre Verany PV 790112 - Strasbourg Percussion Ensemble, Georges van Gucht (cond), Claude Delangle (saxophone)
Sonata for flute and guitar (1977)
LP Dabringhaus and Grimm MD+G 1249
Concerto for flute, oboe and orchestra (1978)

"Leaves" after F. Tanzer for soprano and stringtrio (1978)

Sonata for violin solo (1978)

"Douleur (Pain and Silence)" after O. Mandelstam for mezzo-soprano, clarinet, viola and piano (1979)

"Sur le Tournant (At the Turning-Point)" after O. Mandelstam for singer and piano (1979)

Five Poems by Y. Baratynsky for voice and piano (1979)

CD Le Chant du Monde LDC 278 972/3 (2 CD-set) - Elena Vassilieva (soprano), Jacques Schab (piano)
"Your Lovely Face", song cycle after Pushkin for voice and piano (1980)
Parts:
1. Desire
2. Thou and You
3. Your Smile
4. Night
5. Betrayal of the Soul
6. Loneliness
7. Foreboding
8. All is Finished
9. I Love You
10. Farewell
"To Flora", three songs after A. Josef for voice and piano (1980)
CD Le Chant du Monde LDC 278 951 review - E. Vassilieva (soprano), J. Schab (piano)
"Feuilles mortes" for harpsichord (1980)

Requiem after liturgian texts and poems by F. Tanzer for soprano, tenor, mixed chorus and orchestra (1980)

LP Melodiya C10 29277 007: Moscow Conservatoire Chorus, Latvian State Academic Chorus and SO, Vitali Kataev (conductor), Nelly Lee(soprano), Alexander Martynov (tenor) CD BMG Melodiya 74321 56262 2: Moscow Conservatoire Chorus, Latvian State Academic Chorus and SO, Vitali Kataev (conductor), Nelly Lee(soprano), Alexander Martynov (tenor)
Sonata for guitar solo (1981)

Trio for oboe, cello and harpsichord (1981)

LP Eterna 729 277
Partita for violin and chamberorchestra (1981)

Orchestration of Mussorgsky's Song Cycle "Without Sun" (1981)

LP Melodiya A10 00105 004
"L'Ecume des Jours (Foam of Days)", opera after B. Vian (1981)

"Colin et Chloë", suite from the opera "Foam of Days" for soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor, chorus and orchestra (1981)

LP Melodiya 24593: USSR Ministry of Culture SO, Latvian SSR Academic Chorus, V. Sinaisky (cond), N. Lee (soprano), N. Terentieva (mezzo-soprano), N. Dumtsev (tenor)
CD Melodiya SUCD 10-00107: USSR Ministry of Culture SO, Latvian SSR Academic Chorus, V. Sinaisky (cond), N. Lee (soprano), N. Terentieva (mezzo-soprano), N. Dumtsev (tenor)
"Sur le Bucher du Neige", twenty-four songs after A. Blok for voice and piano (1981)

"Lumière et Ombres" after poems by V. Soloviev for bass and piano (1982)

"Your Lovely Face", cycle after Pushkin for voice and orchestra (1982)

Variations on Haydn's Canon "Death is a Long Sleep" for cello and orchestra (1982)

LP Melodiya C10 13893: D. Kitaenko (cond), Georgian (cello)
LP Melodiya C10 24593 004: Moscow Chamber Orchestra, P. Kogan (cond), I. Monighetti (cello)
CD Melodiya SUCD 10-00107: Moscow Chamber Orchestra, P. Kogan (cond), I. Monighetti (cello)
CD RCA Victor Red Seal 09026-68061-2 review: Moscow Virtuosi, V. Spivakov (cond)
CD RCA Victor Artistes Repertoire 82876 502682: Moscow Virtuosi, Vladimir Spivakov (cond)
Sonata for bassoon solo (1982)

Two Homages to Bach (1982)

1. Sonata for violin and organ on B-A-C-H
LP Melodiya C10 24483 - Fikhtengolts, Lisitsina

2. "In deo speravit cor meum", instrumental motet on the Theme "Regium" for organ

Chamber Music for viola, harpsichord and strings (1982)
CD BIS 518 review - Amsterdam New Sinfonietta, L. Markiz (cond), N. Imai (viola), P. Vahle (viola), A. de Man (harpsichord)
"In Deo speravit cor meum" for violin, guitar and organ (1984)

Concerto for bassoon, cello and orchestra (1982)

Chamber Symphony (1982)

LP Melodiya C10 28753 008 - USSR Bolshoi Theatre Soloists Ensemble, A. Lazarev (cond)
CD Mezhdunarodnaya Kniga MK 417036 - Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble, Vladimir Ponkin (cond)
Sonata for flute solo (1982)

Two Pieces for three instruments (1983)

Sonata for flute and harp (1983)

Five Etudes for bassoon solo (1983)

"Epitaph" for chamber orchestra (1983)

CD BIS 518 review - Amsterdam New Sinfonietta, L. Markiz (cond)
Orchestration of Mussorgsky's Song Cycle "Songs and Dances of Death" (1983)
LP Melodiya A10 00105 004
Orchestration of Mussorgsky's Song Cycle "The Nursery" (1984)

"Diane dans le Vent d'Automne" for viola, piano, vibraphone and double bass (1984)

Concerto for two violas, harpsichord and stringorchestra (1984)

CD BIS 518 review - Amsterdam New Sinfonietta, L. Markiz (cond), N. Imai (viola), P. Vahle (viola), A. de Man (harpsichord)
"In Deo speravit cor meum" for violin, guitar and organ (1984)

"Venue du Printemps" after Fat for unaccompanied chorus (1984)

"Es ist genug (It is enough)", variations on the Theme of Bach's Choral for viola and piano (1984)

"Es ist genug (It is enough", variations on the Theme of Bach's Choral for viola, flute, oboe, celeste and string quintet (1986)

CD BIS 518 review - Amsterdam New Sinfonietta, L. Markiz (cond)
CD CdM Russian Season LDC 288 078 - Bolshoi Theatre Soloists Ensemble, Gueorgui Bezroukov (cond), Alexander Golyschev (flute)
Two Pieces for flute solo (1984)

"Nuages Noires (Black Clouds)" for vibraphone solo (1984)

CD Pierre Verany PV 790112 - Georges van Gucht (vibraphone)
"The Blue Book" after A. Vedensky and D. Charms for narrator, soprano, violin, cello, two pianos and three groups of bells (1984)

"Confession", ballet in three acts after A. Musset (1984)

Suite from the ballet "Confession" (1985)

Sextet for flute, oboe, clarinet, violin, viola and cello (1984-1985)

"Moonlit Countryside" for clarinet and piano (1985)

"Three Pictures after Paul Klee" for viola, oboe, horn, piano, vibraphone and double bass (1985)

CD CdM Russian Season LDC 288 078 - Bolshoi Theatre Soloists Ensemble, Gueorgui Bezroukov (cond)
CD Russian Disc RDCD 17 003 review - Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble
"Happy End" for string orchestra (1985)
CD BMG Melodiya 74321 56262 2: Amadeus Chamber Orchestra, Valentin Zverev (conductor), Igor Chichko (violin), Alexander Polonsky (violin), Alexander Grashenkov (cello), Igor Solokhin (double bass)
"Wishing Well" after F. Tanzer for mezzo-soprano, clarinet, viola and piano (1985)

Five Paganini-Capriccios for violin and string orchestra (1985)

CD Chandos CHAN 9891: Musici de Montreal, Yuli Turovsky (conductor), Stepan Arman (violin)
"At the Turning-Point", song (1985)

Orchestration of Mossolov's Song Cycle "Newspaper Advertissements" (1985)

Orchestration of Mossolov's Song Cycle "Children's Scenes" (1986)

Viola Concerto (1986)

Variations on a Theme of Schubert for cello and piano (1986)

CD CdM Russian Season LDC 288 058 - Alexander Rudin (cello), Jean-Pierre Armengaud (piano)
CD Etcetera KTC 1179 review - A. Zagorinsky (cello), A. Shmitov (piano)
CD Olympia OCD 282 - Natalie Savinova (cello), Vladimir Yampolsky (piano)
Oboe Concerto (1986)

Variations on a Theme of Händel's Passacaglia in G minor for piano (1986)

"Apparitions and Disparitions (Emergences-Resurgences)" for two percussionists (1986)

CD Pierre Verany PV 790112 - Strasbourg Percussion Ensemble
"Winterlandscape" for harp solo (1986)
Premiered by Vera Dulova.
"Au Plus Haut des Cieux" after verses by G. Bataille for singer and chamberorchestra (1986)

"Quatre Filles (Four Girls)", opera in one act after Picasso (1986)

"The Steamboat Passes the Harbour", music for twelve pupils and percussion (1987)

Symphony (1987)

Movements:
1. Lento. Agitato
2. Tranquillo
3. Agitato
4. Adagio

CD Erato 2292-45600-2 review - Orchestre de Paris, D. Barenboim (cond)

Instrumentation of six Cycles of Waltzes by Schubert for chamberorchestra (1987)

Instrumentation of three Cycles of Waltzes by Schubert for symphony orchestra (1987)

Piano Quintet for piano and string quartet (1987)

CD CdM Russian Season LDC 288 058 - Alexander Rudin (cello), Jean-Pierre Armengaud (piano), Mikhail Zinman (violin), Alexander Mayorov (violin), Igor Boguslavsky (viola)
Clarinet Quintet for clarinet and string quartet (1987)
CD Col Legno WWE 1CD 31864: Wilanow Quartet, E. Brunner (clarinet)
"Cloches dans le Broyard (Bells in the Mist)" for orchestra (1988)

"Points and Lines" for two pianos eight hands (1988)

"Peaceful Light" for unaccompanied mixed chorus (1988)

CD CdM Russian Season RUS 288 131 review - New Moscow Choir
"Legends of the Subterranean Waters" for unaccompanied chorus (1988)
CD CdM Russian Season RUS 288 131 review - New Moscow Choir
March for orchestra (with S. Gubaidulina and A. Schnittke)

Clarinet Concerto (1989)

CD Col Legno WWE 1CD 31864: Bavarian Radio SO, J. Kakhidze (cond), E. Brunner (clarinet)
Four Poems after G. de Nerval for voice, flute and piano (1989)

"Rayons des etoiles l'espace courbe (Rays of Far-Away Stars in the Vaulted Space)" for three percussionists (1989)

CD Pierre Verany PV 790112 - Strasbourg Percussion Ensemble, Georges van Gucht (cond)
Quartet for flute, violin, viola and cello (1989)

Three Pieces for percussion (1989)

Three Fragment from the New Testament for counter-tenor, two tenors, baritone, flute and bells (1989)

Concerto piccolo for four saxophones (1990)

Variations on a Theme of Mozart for eight flutes (1990)

Wind Octet for two oboes, two clarinets, two bassons and two horns (1991)

"Kyrie" for mixed chorus and orchestra (1991)

Guitar Concerto (1991)

"Dedication" for flute, clarinet and string quartet (1991)

"Sur la nappe dŽun étang glacé" for nine instruments and tape (1991)

CD Russian Disc RDCD 17 003 review - Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble
"History of Life and Death of Our Lord Jesus Christus according to St. Matthew in seven parts for bass, tenor, chorus and orchestra (1992)

Concerto for flute, vibraphone, harpsichord and stringorchestra (1993)

Sonata for clarinet and piano (1993)

Completion of Debussy's "Rodrigue et Chimène" (1993)

Chamber Symphony No. 2 (1994)

CD Russian Disc RDCD 17 003 review - Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble
Sonata for alto saxophone and cello (1994)
1. Allegro risoluto; 2. Tranquillo; 3. Moderato.
CD BIS CD 765: Claude Delangle (alto saxophone), Verene westphal (cello)
"Morning Dream" after seven poems of Rose Ausländer for soprano, mixed chorus and orchestra (1995)

"Choruses for Medea" for chorus and ensemble (1995)

CD CdM Russian Season RUS 288 131 review - New Moscow Choir, Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble, E. Rastvorova (cond)
Symphony No. 2 (1996)
First performance by the Dresden Philharmonic in 1997.

Other Works:

Cadences for two cello concertos in D major and C major by Haydn (1982)

Concerto for saxophone and orchestra (arrangement of the 1986 viola concerto)

CD BIS CD 665 review - BBC National Orchestra of Wales, T. Otaka (cond), C. Delangle (saxophone)
Duo for flute and viola
CD Philips 442 012-2 review - A. Nicolet (flute), N. Imai (viola)
Incidental music

"The Bonfire of Snow" for soprano and piano

CD Le Chant du Monde LDC 278 951 review - E. Vassilieva (soprano), J. Schab (piano)
Two Duets for cello and bassoon
CD Etcetera KTC 1179 review - A. Zagorinsky (cello), Alexander Klechevsky (bassoon)


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