RIMSKY-KORSAKOV May Night. Vitaly Taraschenko, Natalia Erasova, Marina Lapina, Vyacheslav Pochapsky, Orchestra Of The Bolshoi Theatre / Andrey Chistjakov. Brilliant Classics 2cds

Shipped within 1 to 3 days

Now: £5.95 Ex VAT: £4.96

Was: £7.45

View all titles in this special offer


Rimsky-Korsakov May Night Orchestra Of Andrey Chistjakov Brilliant Classics 2Cds

NIKOLAI RIMSKY-KORSAKOV (1844–1908)

May Night

Opera in three acts · Libretto by the composer after Nikolai Gogol

Levko ............................................................. VITALY TARASCHENKO

Hanna .................................................................... NATALIA ERASOVA

Pannochka.................................................................. MARINA LAPINA

The Mayor ................................................ VYACHESLAV POCHAPSKY

The Distiller .................................................. ALEXANDER ARKHIPOV

The Mayor’s Sister-in-Law ................................. ELENA OKOLYCHEVA

The Clerk ................................................................... PIOTR GLUBOKY

Kalenik, the Village Drunkard.......................... NIKOLAI RESHETNIAK

Sveshnikov Academic Choir chorus master Evgeny Tytianko

Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra / Andrey Chistiakov

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….

Brilliant Classics 2cds 94036

Customer Reviews
Rimsky-Korsakov May Night Orchestra Of Andrey Chistjakov Brilliant Classics 2Cds
Review this Product

Write Your Own Review
You're reviewing: Rimsky-Korsakov May Night Orchestra Of Andrey Chistjakov Brilliant Classics 2Cds

Rate*

Only registered users can write reviews. Please, log in or register

United Kingdom

Pay no more than £3 per order. All orders sent by Royal Mail 1st Class. 

Box sets - Depending on the product packaging, box sets are not charged at the full rate.

£1.00 per CD up to £3.00 (e.g. a 2 CD set will be charged as £2.00)
DVDs are charged as 2 CDs. 

European Countries (All shipped by Airmail only)

£2.00 for the first CD, thereafter 50p.


Box sets - Depending on the product packaging, box sets are not charged at the full rate.
DVDs are charged as 2 CDs. 

European Countries (All shipped by Airmail only)

£2.25 for the first CD, thereafter £1.00 per CD


Box sets - Depending on the product packaging, box sets are not charged at the full rate.
DVDs are charged as 2 CDs. 

Rest of the World (Shipped by Airmail Only)

£1.25 for the first CD, thereafter 75p


Box sets - Depending on the product packaging, box sets are not charged at the full rate.
DVDs are charged as 2 CDs. 

Rest of world (Shipped by Airmail only)

£2.00 for the first CD, thereafter 50p per CD


Box sets - Depending on the product packaging, box sets are not charged at the full rate.
DVDs are charged as 2 CDs. 

Rest of world (Shipped by Airmail only)

£2.25 for the first CD, thereafter £1.00 per CD


Box sets - Depending on the product packaging, box sets are not charged at the full rate.
DVDs are charged as 2 CDs. 

Austrailia (Shipped by Airmail only)

£1.75 for the first CD, thereafter £1.00 per CD


Box sets - Depending on the product packaging, box sets are not charged at the full rate.
DVDs are charged as 2 CDs.