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RACHMANINOV: Aleko / The Miserly Knight / Francesca da Rimini (excerpts)


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RACHMANINOV: Aleko / The Miserly Knight / Francesca da Rimini (excerpts)

Opera may not have been of central importance to Rachmaninov’s long and diverse creative life but, relatively early in his career, he completed two one-act operas. The intense psychological study The Miserly Knight takes as its source of inspiration a tragic tale by Pushkin. Francesca da Rimini is based on an episode at the end of Canto V of Dante’s Inferno. The earlier Aleko, based on a tale of love and jealousy in a gypsy camp, won the composer the gold medal for composition at the Moscow Conservatory in 1892. All three works demonstrate Rachmaninov’s gift for yearning melodies, as well as his mastery of orchestral colour and drama.

Rachmaninov, Sergey
Nemirovich-Danchenko, Vladimir Ivanovich, lyricist(s)

  Aleko (excerpts)
1.   Introduction 00:03:05
2.   The Old Gypsy's Narrative 00:05:20
3.   Women's Dance 00:04:07
4.   Men's Dance 00:04:39
5.   Aleko's Cavatina 00:06:11
6.   The Young Gypsy's Romance 00:01:47
7.   Allegro moderato (Duet) 00:01:53
8.   Finale: Agitato (Entrance of Aleko) 00:01:40
9.   Finale: Moderato (Death of the Young Gypsy) 00:02:48
10.   Finale: Vivo (Entrance of the Gypsies) 00:00:44
11.   Finale: Moderato (Entrance of the Old Gypsy) 00:02:46
12.   Finale: Grave (Old Gypsy) 00:03:35
13.   Finale: Lento lugubre - Alla marzia funebre (Aleko) 00:01:10

Rachmaninov, Sergey
Pushkin, Alexander, lyricist(s)

  The Miserly Knight, Op. 24 (excerpts)
14.   Scene III: Allegro vivace 00:01:55
15.   Scene III: L'istesso tempo (Entrance of the Baron) 00:02:39
16.   Scene III: Allegro 00:03:08
17.   Scene III: Più vivo 00:01:20
18.   Scene III: Allegro vivace (Entrance of Albert) 00:02:12
19.   Scene III: Vivo 00:02:33

Rachmaninov, Sergey
Tchaikovsky, Modest, lyricist(s)

  Francesca da Rimini, Op. 25 (excerpts)
20.   Scene II: Moderato 00:02:34
21.   Scene II: Moderato (Duet) 00:02:27
22.   Scene II: Moderato 00:01:29
23.   Scene II: Moderato 00:02:26
24.   Scene II: Lento 00:01:47
25.   Scene II: Più vivo 00:02:04
26.   Scene II: Presto 00:02:33
27.   Scene II: Moderato 00:01:53
28.   Scene II: L'istesso tempo (Storm) 00:01:16
29.   Scene II: Allegro vivace (Entrance of Lanceotto) 00:00:36
30.   Epilogue: Più vivo 00:01:29
31.   Epilogue: L'istesso tempo 00:00:40
32.   Epilogue: Presto 00:00:48

Total Playing Time: 01:15:34

Rachmaninov, Sergey

Nemirovich-Danchenko, Vladimir Ivanovich; Pushkin, Alexander; Tchaikovsky, Modest

Todorov, Nayden

Sofia National Opera Orchestra

Sofia National Opera Chorus

Beykov, Plamen; Isakov, Niko; Naydenov, Peter; Nikolova, Andreana; Tekeliev, Alexander; Zvetanov, Boiko; Zvetkova, Mariana

Label: Naxos

Genre: Opera

Period: Romantic

Catalogue No: 8.557817

Barcode: 747313281725

Physical Release: 08/2006

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