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Dargomizhky: The Stone Guest / Christiakov, Bolshoi

Dargomyhzhky / Bolshoi Theater Orch / Chistjakov
Release Date: 05/04/2010 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 94028  
Composer:  Alexander Dargomizhsky
Conductor:  Andrei Christiakov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Alexander Dargomizhky (1813-69) wrote The Stone Guest at the very end of his life, as he lay dying. He left strict instructions that the unfinished work be completed by Cesar Cui, and orchestrated by Rimsky-Korsakov.

Based on Pushkin's version of the Don Juan story ( Mozart's Don Giovanni is the most famous setting of the story), Dargomizhky had to be coerced into composing this opera by Borodin, Balakirev, Cui, Rimsky and Mussorgsky. He was deeply hurt by the failure of his earlier operas Rusalka and Esmerelda, and had given up writing for the stage.

The Stone Guest has exerted a considerable influence over Russian music and opera in particular due to the innovative use of melodic recitative. In this work
Read more Dargomizhky's use of this new technique succeeded and lay the foundation stone for many of the Russian operas that followed. He is a minor composer but an influential figure in the development of the Russian nationalist musical style in the period between Glinka and 'The Five'.
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Works on This Recording

The stone guest by Alexander Dargomizhsky
Conductor:  Andrei Christiakov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1848-1855; Russia 

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