Alla Pavlova

Internet Edition compiled by Onno van Rijen

Updated 6 December 2013


Born

In 1952 in Ukraine. She moved to Moscow in 1961.

Education

In 1983 she received her Master's Degree at the Gnesin Academy of Music in Moscow. She studied composition with Armen Shakhbagian.


Photo by Daniel Entin

Works

"Lullaby for Irene" for piano, violin (or flute) and vibraphone (1972)
Duration: 3 min.
CD DIDX 037010: M. Fadeev (violin), M. Adamovich (piano), A. Tretiakov (vibraphone)
Two Songs to Verses by Anna Akhmatova for soprano and piano (1974)
1. The Eyes, Begging for Mercy; 2. The dream.
Duration: 2 min. (No. 1) and 2,5 min. (No. 2).
CD DIDX 037010: Elena Zimenkova (soprano), Larisa Shilovskaya (piano)
"We Are the Love" to Verses by Alla Pavlova for (mezzo-)soprano and piano quartet (1974)
For piano, two violins, cello, soprano or mezzo-soprano.
Dedicated to former husband Stoyan.
Duration: 4,5 min.
CD DIDX 037010: Elena Zimenkova (soprano), Larisa Shilovskaya (piano), Michael Shestakov & Vladimir Kalnikov (violin), Valery Brill (cello)
"The Dream" to verses by Anna Akhmatova for soprano and piano (1979)
Duration: 2,5 min.
CD DIDX 037010: Elena Zimenkova (soprano), Larisa Shilovskaya (piano)
Impressions after Fairy-Tales by H. C. Andersen for piano (1990)
1. The Mermaid; 2. Little Took; 3. Thumbelina; 4. The Old Tombstone; 5. The Rose from the Homer's Grave; 6. The Clock of the Snow Queen.
Dedicated to daughter Irene.
Duration: 10 min.
CD DIDX 037010: Anna Stoytcheva (piano)







Winter Morning to Verses by Alexander Pushkin for soprano, cello and flute (1993)
Duration: 3,5 min.
CD DIDX 037010: Elena Zimenkova (soprano), Valery Brill (cello), L. Lebedev (flute)
Prelude for piano "For My Mother" (1994)
Duration: 6 min.
CD DIDX 037010: Anna Stoytcheva (piano)
"Summer Pictures for piano (1994)
For Sara and Glenn.
1. Misty Morning; 2. Summer Shower.
Duration: 6 min.
CD DIDX 037010: Anna Stoytcheva (piano)
Symphony No. 1 "Farewell, Russia" for chamber orchestra (1994)
For 2 fl, pn, hp, pic, vib, tam-tam, str quintet.
Duration: 26 min.
First performance on 30 May 1995 in the Concert Hall of the Union of Russian Composers.
Alla Pavlova's Symphony No. 1 "Farewell, Russia" attempts to convey the mood of the Russian people as their society endured the great upheavals of the 1990s. Scored for chamber ensemble, the Symphony - which sits on a single chord for much of its 26 minutes and features some wonderfully evocative solo writing - is a quiet and ruminative work that brings to mind the static music of Arvo Pärt as it explores some elaborate instrumental modulations. A brief surge of tension and anxiety occurs in the last few minutes, and the work ends in a state of bewildered resignation.
CD DIDX 037010: Soloists from Russian Philharmonic Orchestra, Konstantin D. Krimets (conductor), L. Lebedev (flute), N. Lotakov (piccolo), M. Shestakov (violin), V. Brill (cello), A. Tretiakov (tam-tam), I. Stepanova (harp)
CD Naxos 8.557157: Russian Philharmonic Orchestra, Konstantin D. Krimets (conductor), L. Lebedev (flute), N. Lotakov (piccolo), M. Shestakov (violin), V. Brill (cello), M. Adamovich (piano)
The Old New York Nostalgia Suite for piano (1995)
Suite of nine pieces:
1. The Broadway's song; 2. Snow waltz; 3. Gone with the wind; 4. The Old NY Nostalgia; 5. Lazy Morning; 6. From my Mom's Photo Album; 7. The flight over New York; 8. Don't you remember? 9. The Ferry to my dream.
Duration: 30 min.
First performance in 1996 in the Weill Recital Hall of New York.
"Miss Me ... But Let Me Go" for violin, cello, two guitars and mezzo-soprano (1997)
Revised version for a women's voice (mezzo-soprano or soprano), two guitars, violin and cello. Composed in beginning of September 2001 before the 9/11 tragedy. Dedicated to 9/11.
The author of the verses is unknown, the text is very strong and touching and the composer though that it may comfort people who lost someone that day:
When I come to the end of the road,
And the sun has set for me,
I want no rights in a gloom-filled room,
Why cry for a soul set free.
Duration: 3 min.
"I Loved You", masterpieces of Russian poetry for mezzo-soprano, violin and piano (1998)
Cycle of five songs:
1. What is there for you in my name? 2. I loved you (to verses by Alexander Pushkin). 3. Evening. 4. Yellow and Wide is the Evening Sky (to verses by Anna Akhmatova). 5. If only She would draw nigh (to verses by Alexander Block).
Translation by Alex van Oss.
Duration: 17 min.
Elegy for piano and string orchestra (1998)
Duration: 4 min.
Dedicated to teacher and friend Armen Skakhbagian.
CD Albany TROY 397: International Symphony Orchestra "Globalis", Konstantin D. Krimets (conductor), Peter Izotov (piano)
CD Naxos 8.570369: Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow Radio, Vladimir Ziva (cond), Andrei Korobeinikov (piano)
Symphony No. 2 "For the New Millennium" (1998)
For 3 fl, 2 ob, 2 cl, 4 hn, 3 tpt, 3 tbn, tu, perc, hp, timp, glock, strs.
Dedicated to husband Arkady.
Duration: 40 min.
Revised version: 2002
CD Albany TROY 397: International Symphony Orchestra "Globalis", Konstantin D. Krimets (conductor)
CD Naxos 8.557566: Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow Radio, Vladimir Fedoseyev (conductor)
The Old New York Nostalgia Suite for string orchestra, percussion, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone and trumpet (1998)
1. Snow Waltz; 2. The Old New York Nostalgia; 3. Lazy Morning; 4. The Broadway's Song; 5. The Ferry to my Dream.
Dedicated to husband Arkady and son Christopher.
Duration: 18 min.
CD Albany TROY 397: (Nos. 2-5) International Symphony Orchestra "Globalis", Konstantin D. Krimets (conductor)

Revised version as orchestration in 2002. Two pieces were added: "From my Mom's Photo Album" and "Lullaby for the Twins" dedicated to 9/11. The Suite now has 6 pieces:
1. From my Mom's Photo Album; 2. Lazy morning; 3. The Old NY Nostalgia; 4. Lullaby for the Twins; 5. The Broadway's song; 6. The ferry to my dream.
First performance in March 1996 at Weill Recital Hall (Carnegie Hall).


CD Naxos 8.557674: Moscow Philharmony Orchestra, Rossen Milanov (cond), Yaroslav Krasnikov (violin), Leonid Makarevich (piano), Georgy Pleskatch (trumpet), Aleksey Volkov and Michail Poroshin (saxophones), Andrey Chernishov (percussion)
Symphony No. 3 (2000)
For 3 fl, 2 ob, 2 cl, 4 hn, 2 tpt, 3 tbn, tu, perc, hp, guit, timp, strs.
Dedicated to my mother.
Duration: 43 min.
Also version without guitar.
This version was premiered at "Great women composers" concert on October 14, 2004 at Lyell Clay Concert Theatre with the West Virginia University Orchestra, conducted by David J. Tang.
This symphony is more conventional than her First Symphony in that it employs a full orchestra and is structured in four distinct movements. Inspired by a statue of Joan of Arc, Pavlova chose a tonal, romantic idiom to express her deeply personal reactions to this tragic figure. Each movement of the symphony has a melancholy, folk-sounding tune at its core, giving the work a decidedly wistful atmosphere. In fact, the music's directness and overwhelming sense of nostalgia causes much of the piece to sound like a romantic historical film score.
CD Naxos 8.557157: Russian Philharmonic Orchestra, Alexander Vedernikov (conductor), Olga Vedernikova (violin)
Symphony No. 4 (2002)
Duration: 20 min.
CD Naxos 8.557566: Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow Radio, Vladimir Fedoseyev (conductor), Yaroslav Krasnikov (violin), Georgy Khachikyan (organ)








Monolog for violin and string orchestra (2002)
Duration: 6 min.
CD Naxos 8.557674: Moscow Philharmony Orchestra, Rossen Milanov (cond), Yaroslav Krasnikov (violin)
Suite from "Sulamith" (2003-2004)
Duration: 45 min.
CD Naxos 8.557674: Moscow Philharmony Orchestra, Rossen Milanov (cond), Yaroslav Krasnikov (violin), Artiom Grinko (trumpet)












"Sulamith", ballet (2003-2005)
Ballet in 3 acts, 7 scenes.
Based on the story by famous Russian writer Alexandre Kuprin (1908).
It is a tragic love story between King Solomon and poor girl Sulamith, servant from his vineyard. The only love of his life.
The libretto also includes Assirian and Egyptian scenes. Everything in this libretto is a truth according history books, even the scene of Great Mysteries of Osiris and Isis.

Symphony No. 5 (2005)

CD Naxos 8.570369: Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow Radio, Vladimir Ziva (cond)
Symphony No. 6 for full orchestra (2007)
In four movements.
Duration: 40-42 minutes.
Symphony No. 7 (2009-2011)
Duration: 38 minutes.
CD Naxos 9.70183: Lithuanian State Symphony, Gintaras Rinkevicius (cond), Saule Rinkeviciute (violin)
Symphony No. 8 (2011)
Duration: 16 minutes.
CD Naxos 9.70183: Lithuanian State Symphony, Gintaras Rinkevicius (cond)

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