- Evgeny Akimov (Tenor)
- Gennady Bezzubenkov (Voice)
- Misha Didyk (Tenor)
- Sergey Murzaev (Tenor)
- Svetla Vasilieva (Voice)
Notes & Reviews:
Rachmaninoff's one-act opera uses a libretto by Modest Tchaikovsky, based on a story told by Dante in his divine Comedy. An underlying theme is that hell is happiness recalled in times of chronic misery. The story concerns the character of Francesca da Rimini, the tragic heroine murdered with her lover by her jealous husband. The Bulgarian soprano Svetla Vassileva and the Ukrainian tenor Misha Didyk take the parts of Francesca and Paolo, the doomed lovers, and three Russians, led by Sergey Murzavez as Lanceotto, complete the team of soloists.
This is an excellent way of coming to know a flawed but interesting piece of Rachmaninov, and it is much helped by excellent presentation from Chandos.
International Record Review
The recording quality is magnificent, the sound opening up thrillingly at climactic moments and capturing the voices in what seems like a completely natural acoustic. Excellent notes and a complete libretto (in Russian, English, German and French) complete an altogether impressive package. Very strongly recommended
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Works DetailsRachmaninov, Sergey : Francesca da Rimini, opera, Op. 25
- Performers: Evgeny Akimov (Tenor); Gennady Bezzubenkov (Voice); Misha Didyk (Tenor); Sergey Murzaev (Tenor); Svetla Vasilieva (Voice)
- Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda
- Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
- Notes: Studio 7, BBC Broadcasting House, Manchester, England (05/13/2007/05/15/2007)
- Running Time: 6 min. 11 sec.
- Period Time: Romantic
- Form: Opera/Operetta
- Written: 1900-1905