Dear friends, after an intermission caused by many various concert and festival projects, we offer you three new programs by the Petersburg Musical Archive. As a tribute to the 80th anniversary of Andrei Pavlovich Petrov, a cult composer of St. Petersburg, two new disks have been released at once.

The St.Petersburg Philharmonic, Choir Chapel, and Petersburg Chamber Orchestras, with Yuri Temirkanov, Alexander Dmitriev, Eduard Serov and Alexander Chernushenko as conductors, perform the master’s famous symphony fantasias The Master and Margarita and Farewell To…, and suites from the music for the ballet The Creation of the World (NF/PMA 9983).

The brilliant versions of many of Petrov’s compositions for string orchestra made by prominent St. Petersburg's composer Grigory Korchmar, were recorded by The Divertissement headed by Ilya Ioff, an ensemble already well-known by friends of The Northern Flowers (NF/PMA 9984). The third program (NF/PMA 9985) is the debut album of young and talented Australian pianist Vivian Choi, which included pieces by Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff, and Godowsky. A few years ago, Vivian graduated from the St. Petersburg Conservatory where she studied with Alexander Sandler (the musician who has recorded several CDs for The Northern Flowers). After that, she studied in Pittsburg with Sergey Schepkin (also a great friend of the Petersburg Musical Archive.) This is why it seems quite appropriate that Vivian's first CD appears on our catalog.

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