Glière & Stankovich Ballet Music
I gave Evgeni Stankovich (Yevhen Stankovych as the Ukrainians prefer to spell him) a more than honourable mention in my
If Stankoiych in the late-1980s recalls the not-yet-fettered Shostakovich of the late-1920s, Gliere’s Taras Bulba looks back from the early-1950s when it was composed all the way to Tchaikovsky. The fifth movement, “The Boundless Ukrainian Steppes”, would make a lovely encore piece for a Russian or Ukrainian concert programme; otherwise this is largely anaemic featureless stuff, maybe calculatedly so at a time when serious composition was all but impossible in the years before Stalin’s death.
The Odessa Philharmonic turn in sterling performances for the American Hobart Earle, who has been their Principal Conductor since 1992. The recording largely succeeds in disguising some thinness of tone.'