Notes & Reviews:
Alexander Dargomyzhsky entered the history of Russian music as one of the founders of realistic art. His operas are distinguished by the finesse with which he personified human characters. His songs are evidence of his powers of observation and skillful psychological analysis. His aspirations found their mature expression in his chamber vocal works of the second half of the 1840s and early 1850s, especially in his opera Rusalka (1855), which takes the central place in the composer's legacy. The first Russian opera based on a psychologically acute domestic drama, the plot was inspired by Pushkin's poem of the same name. The first music sketches date from 1848. In the spring of 1855, the opera was completed and a year later, on May 4, 1865, it was premiered in St. Petersburg on the stage of the Mariinsky Theatre.Notes & Reviews:
Recording information: 1971.
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Works DetailsDargomizhsky, Alexander Sergeyevich : Rusalka, opera
- Conductor: Evgeny Svetlanov
- Ensemble: Choir of the Bolshoi Theatre of the USSR
- Running Time: 6 min. 13 sec.
- Period Time: Romantic
- Form: Opera/Operetta
- Written: 1856