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Faberge Rose Trellis EggRussia in 1914 was poised on the brink of revolution, the aristocracy obliviously swirling through the narrowing corridors of opulence and excess: Fabergé Eggs, all night dinner parties, lovers, intrigue, grand music and magnificent ballets.

The poster child for the lavishness of Russia was Sergei Diaghilev, who gave Europe a peek of this world that was about to disappear. So who better to act as the host in the Russian Pavilion!

(Right) Rose Trellis Fabergé Egg. Photo: Walters Art Museum on Wikimedia


RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: Dance of the Tumblers, from The Snow Maiden
Neeme Järvi, Scottish National Orchestra
Chandos CHAN 6598

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: On the hills of Georgia Op 3/4
Vassily Savenko (bass baritone), Michael Dussek (piano)
Meridian CDE 84399

MUSSORGSKY: Promenade and Bydlo from Pictures at an Exhibition
Arranger: Henry Wood
Nicholas Braithwaite, London Philharmonic
Lyrita SRCD 216

SCRIABIN: Sonata No 5 Op 53
Vladimir Horowitz (piano)
RCA 6215 2 RG

RACHMANINOV: Piano Concerto No 2 in C minor Op 18
Leopold Stokowski, Sergei Rachmaninov (piano), Philadelphia Orchestra  (rec 1929)
RCA RD 85997

PROKOFIEV: The Enemy of God and the Dance of the Spirits from Scythian Suite Op 20
Valery Gergiev, Kirov Orchestra
Philips 473 600

STRAVINSKY: Tableaux IV from Petrushka
Igor Stravinsky, Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Original 1911 version (rec 1960)
CBS MK 42433

Victor Hartmann and his sketch for A Great Gate of Kiev
Artist and architect Victor Hartmann and his Plan for a City Gate in Kiev.

Gallery: Expo Belle Epoque - a visual tour of 1880-1914