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
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
Vsevolod Grivnov (Tenor),
Andrei Baturkin (Baritone),
Mikhail Goujov (Bass),
Vitaly Efanov (Bass),
Barislav Molchanov (Tenor)
Russian State Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1903-1905; Moscow
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