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Rimsky-Korsakov: The Golden Cockerel / Manolov, Sofia National Opera

Rimsky-korsakov / Manolov
Release Date: 01/29/2013 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 94431   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Emil UgrinovElena StoyanovaLyubomir DiakowkiNikolai Stoilov,   ... 
Conductor:  Dimiter Manolov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sofia National Opera ChorusSofia National Opera Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

As the last and altogether the best of Rimsky-Korsakov’s operas, The Golden Cockerel surely deserves a recording with a world-class orchestra, conductor and cast – as has happened with the comparable masterpieces of Tchaikovsky and Mussorgsky. Instead, Bulgarian national forces hold the Slavic fort bravely. Disappointment for lack of ‘stars’ is premature, since the score depends chiefly on vivacity and character, both human and supernatural. The famous 19-minute coloratura showpiece (‘The Queen of the Sun’s Hymn to the Sun’) is beautifully encompassed, and without a touch of strain, by Elena Stoyanova. The personages of the tyrant court are not unduly caricatured, with Nikolai Stoilov as King Dodon and Dyakovski’s very high tenor (the Read more composer’s ‘tenor-altino’) as the grotesque Astrologer. Despite sacrifice in refinement of orchestral sound, the composer’s harmonic dazzle makes its point.

-- Arthur Jacobs, BBC Music Magazine
reviewing the original release of this recording, Capriccio 10760 Read less

Works on This Recording

Golden Cockerel by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Emil Ugrinov (Baritone), Elena Stoyanova (Soprano), Lyubomir Diakowki (Tenor),
Nikolai Stoilov (Soprano), Evgenia Babacheva (Alto), Kosta Videv (Bass),
Ljubomir Bodourov (Tenor), Yavora Stoilova (Soprano)
Conductor:  Dimiter Manolov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sofia National Opera Chorus,  Sofia National Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1906-1907; Russia 

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