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Rimsky-Korsakov: The Snow Maiden / Angelov, Zemenkova

Rimsky-korsakov / Zemenkova / Angelov
Release Date: 09/24/2013 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 94626   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Lyubomir DiakowkiAlexandrina MilchevaLyubomir VidenovAvram Andreev,   ... 
Conductor:  Stoyan Angelov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bulgarian Radio OrchestraBulgarian Radio Chorus
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"For me there could have been no better subject, no better poetic model, than Snegurochka, the shepherd Lel and Lovely Spring: for me there could be nothing more beautiful than the realm of the strange Tsar Berendey, and no lovelier religion than that of sun worship. Motifs, themes, chord sequences occurred to me even while reading, and soon, at first vaguely and then more clearly, the moods and colours of the individual elements of the action came to mind. I sat down in front of a pile of music paper and began to write everything down in the form of sketches." Rimsky-Korsakov

Rimsky-Korsakov's opera from 1880--1, The Snow Maiden (or Snegurochka), was the composer's favourite work, detailing the story of the
Read more conflicted young maiden who has inherited from her mother a longing for love, and, from her father, an incapacity for it. The opera demonstrates use of leit-motif, capturing the magic of King Frost and the Spring Fairy and the folk-infused style of the people of Tsar Benderey's realm.

Other information:
- The success of the Rimsky-Korsakov Edition on Brilliant Classics (BC 94369, 25-CD set) was largely due to the inclusion of several of Rimsky-Korsakov's operas, neglected master works in grand romantic style.
- As in many of his other operas Rimsky based Snow Maiden on a Russian legend, this time that of Snegourotchka, in which the forces of nature are characterized as persons, interacting with real people and mythological beings, each having their own 'Leitmotiv'.
- Beautiful, powerful and idiomatic performance from Sofia, Bulgaria, a gem from the former Balkanton catalogue.
- Booklet contains notes on the work and a synopsis, English libretto available at www.brilliantclassics.com. Read less

Works on This Recording

Snow Maiden by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Lyubomir Diakowki (Tenor), Alexandrina Milcheva (Mezzo Soprano), Lyubomir Videnov (Baritone),
Avram Andreev (Tenor), Elena Zemenkova (Soprano), Vessela Zorova (Mezzo Soprano),
Nicolai Ghiuselev (Bass), Stefka Evstatieva (Soprano), Stefka Mineva (Alto)
Conductor:  Stoyan Angelov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bulgarian Radio Orchestra,  Bulgarian Radio Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880/1895; Russia 

Customer Reviews

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 lovely music March 16, 2014 By D. McArthur (Gretna, LA) See All My Reviews "The operas of Rimsky-Korsakov are not performed in the west very often. Perhaps we do not share the Russian sensibilities for the the kind of fairy tales found in his operas. However don't deny yourself the pleasures that can be mined from his music. The Snow Maiden is musically beautiful and easy to listen to. With the down loaded libretto available at Brillant Clasics the opera is easy to follow and most enjoyable. The sound is good and the performance is good. No real steam whistle sopranos here." Report Abuse
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