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Dargomizhsky: Russalka / Dobraceva, Kotchinian, Jurowski

Dargomizhsky / Wdr Rundfunkorchester / Jurowski
Release Date: 06/29/2010 
Label:  Profil   Catalog #: 9024   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Alexander Dargomizhsky
Performer:  Vsevolod GrivnovMartha JurowskiElena BrylevaMarina Prudenskaja,   ... 
Conductor:  Michail Jurowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne West German Radio ChorusCologne West German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Rusalki, the water-nymphs, have made many operatic appearances. The most famous of them all sings the title role in Dvorák’s Rusalka, but the Russian composer Alexander Dargomyzhsky (1813-69) got there first with his version drawn from Pushkin’s dramatic poem.

Premiered at the Mariinsky Theatre in 1856, it is a lyrical work with roots in bel canto transmitted via Glinka, though there are places where Dargomyzhsky experiments with the radical realist aesthetic he was later to develop in The Stone Guest, in which his vocal writing attempts to mimic speech.

It also echoes German Romantic music – there are French influences too – through the use of melodrama, when Rusalochka (daughter of Rusalka and the
Read more Prince) speaks over the music. Recorded in Cologne with a cast steeped in the Russian idiom, this is a very welcome recording (even if the booklet includes a synopsis rather than libretto).

Evelina Dobraceva, who represented Russia at the 2007 Cardiff Singer of the World competition, sings the title with rich-toned flexibility, and Vsevolod Grivnov sings the high-lying part of her Prince with great fluency.

There are solid performances from Arutjun Kotchinian (Miller) and Marina Prudenskaya (Princess), and the score sounds compelling under the excellent baton of Michail Jurowski. Keeping it in the family, Martha Jurowski – his grand-daugther, and daughter of the conductor Vladimir Jurowski – speaks the lines of the little girl Rusalochka with charm.

-- John Allison, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

Rusalka by Alexander Dargomizhsky
Performer:  Vsevolod Grivnov (Tenor), Martha Jurowski (Soprano), Elena Bryleva (Soprano),
Marina Prudenskaja (Alto), Arutiun Kotchinian (Bass), Andrey Telegin (Bass),
Evelina Dobraceva (Soprano)
Conductor:  Michail Jurowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne West German Radio Chorus,  Cologne West German Radio Symphony Orchestra

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