Northeast Europe

Soviet Union

Music for orchestra

Andrei Eshpai A Circle Spotify
A rather strange ballet coming from a quite traditional composer (at least from what I've listened), right from the plot, very symbolic and starring "He" and "Her". The first act is a very fun pastiche like playing a bit at being Schnittke, including a quote from Ravel's La valse (not just the melody, but the whole orchestration!), and there's a section in the style of the 1970s Soviet light music that's just great, it even sounds a bit like some 1980s anime soundtracks. White it eventually becomes a more conventional work it keeps being top notch for a long while, but it ends running out of steam. Or maybe it just suffers from being too overstretched (over 70 minutes) for the kind of work that it's meant to be.