Rimsky Korsakov: The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevronia

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Rimsky Korsakov: The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevronia

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Naxos

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8660288-90
(8.660288-90)

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3

Release date:

27th Feb 2012

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0730099028875

Length:

3 hours 0 minutes

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Rimsky Korsakov: The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevronia


Mikhail Kazakov (Prince Yury Vsevolodovich), Vitaly Panfilov (Prince Vsevolod Yur'yevich), Tatiana Monogarova (Fevroniya), Mikhail Gubsky (Grishka Kutyer'ma), Alexander Naumenko (Burunday)

Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, Alexander Vedernikov

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The Invisible City of Kitezh, completed in 1905, is a remarkable opera that fuses folklore, mysticism and realism. Its subject is the story of the advancing Mongol army’s entry to Great Kitezh and the city’s subsequent miraculous survival. Rejecting archaisms and the more religiously inclined suggestions of his librettist, Rimsky-Korsakov sought to create an opera that “is contemporary and even fairly advanced”. It is therefore through-composed, hinting at times at Wagnerian procedure, and flooded with the composer’s rich, apt and brilliant orchestral palette, fully supportive of the powerful vocal writing.

Nikolay Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov: Skazaniye o nevidimom grade Kitezhe i deve Fevronii (Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevroniya)

Prelude: In praise of the wilderness

Act I: Ah, you forest, my forest (Fevronya)

Act I: Where are you, my dear friends (Fevronya)

Act I: I know all the forest paths (Fevronya, Prince Vsevolod)

Act I: Day and night we have our service (Fevronya, Prince Vsevolod)

Act I: Dearest, how can you live life without joy (Fevronya, Prince Vsevolod)

Act I: Hail to thee, lips of honey (Prince Vsevolod, Fevronya)

Act I: As soon as the marksman came (Chorus, Prince Vsevolod, Fevronya, Poyarok)

Act II: Show them, Mikhaylushka (The bear tamer, Chorus, The ballad singer)

Act II: Ah, my foolish children! (The ballad singer, Chorus, The bear tamer, Kuterma)

Act II: Gracious benefactors (Chorus, Kuterma, Poyarok, Fevronya)

Act II: Do not sin, God allows a good word (Fevronya, Kuterma, Poyarok, Chorus)

Act II: Over the bridges of guelder-tree (Female Chorus, Bedyay, Burunday)

Act II: There will be no such beauty in the steppes (Burunday, Bedyay, Chorus, Kuterma, Fevronya)

Act II: Stop, you godless heathens! (Kuterma, Chorus, Bedyay, Burunday, Fevronya)

Act III Scene 1: Good fortune to you, citizens of Kitezh (Poyarok, Chorus, Prince Vsevolod)

Act III Scene 1: God still preserves Greater Kitezh (Chorus, Poyarok, Prince Vsevolod)

Act III Scene 1: Oh glory, vain wealth! (Prince Yury)

Act III Scene 1: Wondrous queen of heaven (Chorus, Prince Yury, Page)

Act III Scene 1: Wondrous queen of heaven (Chorus, Page)

Act III Scene 1: God's will be done (Prince Yury, Prince Vsevolod, Chorus)

Act III Scene 1: What are we standing about for, sisters? (Female Chorus, Page, Prince Yury)

Act III Scene 1: Entr'acte: The Battle near Kerzhenets

Act III Scene 2: Here is the oak grove (Kuterma, Burunday, Bedyay, Chorus)

Act III Scene 2: Don't worry! We shan't touch you (Bedyay, Burunday, Chorus)

Act III Scene 2: It was not hungry ravens (Chorus, Burunday)

Act III Scene 2: Ah, my dear husband, my hope! (Fevronya, Kuterma)

Act III Scene 2: No, that accursed ringing (Kuterma, Fevronya)

Act III Scene 2: Ah, folks, at liberty (Kuterma, Chorus)

Act IV Scene 1: Oh, I can't go on (Fevronya, Kuterma)

Act IV Scene 1: Well, let's go pray if you want (Kuterma, Fevronya)

Act IV Scene 1: What's happening to me? (Kuterma, Fevronya)

Act IV Scene 1: Let me see: what pretty flowers (Fevronya, Alkonost)

Act IV Scene 1: Is that you, radiant light of my eyes? (Fevronya, Ghost of Prince Vsevolod)

Act IV Scene 1: The bridegroom has come (Sirin, Fevronya)

Act IV Scene 1: He who partakes of our bread (Ghost of Prince Vsevolod, Fevronya) - Symphonic Prelude

Act IV Scene 2: The Lord promised those who seek (Sirin, Alkonost, Chorus)

Act IV Scene 2: Radiant kingdom! (Fevronya, Chorus, Prince Vsevolod)

Act IV Scene 2: I bow to you, righteous people (Fevronya, Prince Yury, Prince Vsevolod, Sirin, Alkonost, Page, Poyarok, Chorus)

Act IV Scene 2: Ah, my faithful bride (Prince Vsevolod, Fevronya, Prince Yury, Poyarok, Chorus)

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