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Vitaly Taraschenko (Levko), Vyacheslav Pochapsky (Village-Head), Alexander Arkhipov (Distiller), Elena Okolycheva (Sister-in-law), Pyotr Gluboky (Village Clerk), Marina Lapina (Pannochka-Rusalka), Natalia Erasova (Hanna)
Orchestra Of The Bolshoi Theatre & Sveshnikov Academic Choir, Andrey Chistjakov
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Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908) composed his comic opera May Night in 1878-9, at a time when he was fascinated in the stories for the supernatural and the fantastic. It was also at this time that he had been appointed to a teaching role at the St Petersburg Conservatory – a role he thought himself ill prepared for. Much to the astonishment of his fellow composers and friends – Borodin, Balakirev, and Mussorgsky he threw himself in to the study of counterpoint, writing canons, fugues – all far removed from the spirit of Russian Nationalism in music he and his friends had championed.
To show that he hadn’t deviated from the path of music inspired by Russian folklore and culture, May Night, his second opera is perhaps his most ‘Russian’. Based on a story by Nikolai Gogol, May Night, or the Drowned Maiden, Rimsky uses Gogol’s story virtually unaltered, writing his own recitatives and some of the texts to arias. This adaption of ordinary speech or dialogue from the written story gave the work a colloquial folk like feel. Many of the tunes in the opera are from a collection published in 1872 by Alexander Rubets of Ukrainian folk songs.
Rimsky’s orchestration is superb – glittering and highly illustrative of the supernatural realm of the ‘rusalki’ and in places foreshadows the music Wagner wrote in act 2 of Parsifal for the depiction of Klingsor’s Garden. A footnote to the premiere at the Mariinsky Theatre in 1880 – the role of Levko’s tyrannical father was sung by Fyodor Stravinsky, who, two tears later would become the father of Igor Stravinsky….
“a vigorous but heavy-handed account of Rimsky's Gogol folktale” BBC Music Magazine, December 2010 ***
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Sergey Lemeshev (Levko), Veronica Borisenko (Hanna), Evgenia Verbitskaya (Sister-in-law), Sergei Krasovsky (Village-Head), Peter Volovov (Charcoal Burner), Vsevolod Tyutyunnik (Village Clerk), Viacheslav Shevtsov (Distiller), Irina Maslennikova (Pannochka-Rusalka)
Bolshoi Theatre Chorus, Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra, Vasili Nebolsin
Alexey Krivchenya (Village-Head), Konstantin Lisovsky (Levko), Lyudmila Sapegina (Hanna), Ivan Budrin (Kalenik), Gennady Troitsky (Clerk), Yuri Yelnikov (Distiller), Anna Matyushina (Sister-in-law), Olga Pastusenko (Pannochka)
USSR TV and Radio Choir and Orchestra, Vladimir Fedoseyev
May Night by Gogol was one of Rimsky Korsakov’s favourite stories. He and his future wife read the story together on the day that he proposed to her. Rarely recorded, this opera is very lyrical and the overture is as light and dreamy as springtime itself.
Recorded in 1973
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Liudmila Sapyegina (Hanna), Konstantin Lissovsky (Levko), Aleksei Krivchenya (The Elder), Anna Matyushina (Sister-in-law), Gennady Troitsky (Clerk), Yury Yelnikov (Distiller), Ivan Burdin (Kalenik), Olga Pastuchenko (Pannochka), Nina Derbina (1st Mermaid), Tamara Antipova (2nd Mermaid) & Lutsiya Rashkovyets (3rd Mermaid)
Grand Choir of the USSR Radio & TV & Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow Radio, Vladimir Fedoseyev
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Mikhail Krutikov (bass), Vladimir Matorin (bass), Maria Zedelius (soprano), Wladimir Bogatschow (tenor), Galina Borisova (mezzo-soprano), Tatjana Erastowa (soprano), Maxim Michailov (tenor), Vladimir Kudriachow (baritone), Elena Brilowa (soprano), Andrea Weigt (soprano), Gabriele Henkel (vocals)
Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra, Cologne Radio Chorus, Alexander Lazarev
Orchestra, Chorus, Soloists, Dancers and Actors of the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko, Moscow Academic Music Theatre, Felix Korobov, stage direction by Alexander Titel
Rimsky-Korsakov lavished a gorgeous score on this rustic tale of love and the supernatural. This acclaimed 2008 production by the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Academic Music Theatre marks the opera’s first appearance on DVD. The company’s brilliant staging is modern in its dramatic intensity yet firmly rooted in the traditional heart of the work.
Subtitles in English, French, Italian, Russian & Spanish
Live performance, 2008
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