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Rachmaninov: The Miserly Knight / Polyanskii, Grivnov, Molchanov

Release Date: 01/25/2005 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 10264   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vsevolod GrivnovAndrei BaturkinMikhail GoujovVitaly Efanov,   ... 
Conductor:  Valeri Polyanskii
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian State Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This Chandos disc is a fine entry into the lists. Polyansky, at one time given to a rather torpid approach in his Chandos cycle of Glazunov symphonies, here strikes a better balance. The Prelude broods and yet there is a vibrancy in the subservient instrumental lines. His vocal team, all men (there are no female roles in this opera) are uniformly robust. Grivnov is cast from strength and has one of those lean, resinous and rock-steady Atlantov-style heroic Russian voices. Molchanov's more nasal and wheedling style suits the caricature Moneylender role.

The writing recalls Rachmaninov's Second Symphony pretty frequently and there is also a confidently strong, occasionally hysterical, Tchaikovskian presence. The wild-eyed
Read more tension rattles along in terms familiar from the finale of Tchaikovsky 4. The grim ending of the opera is typical of the tormented Tchaikovsky.

-- Rob Barnett, MusicWeb International Read less

Works on This Recording

The Miserly Knight, Op. 24 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Vsevolod Grivnov (Tenor), Andrei Baturkin (Baritone), Mikhail Goujov (Bass),
Vitaly Efanov (Bass), Barislav Molchanov (Tenor)
Conductor:  Valeri Polyanskii
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian State Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903-1905; Moscow 

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