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Sergei Rachmaninov: Aleko / Artur Eisen, Lyudmila Sergienko. Evgeny Svetlanov

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>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Aleko, opera, TN ii/70
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

In 1892 the Moscow Conservatory graduated a group of talented young musicians, among them the 19-year-old Sergei Rachmaninov. His amazing gift did not go unnoticed by the professors of the composition department. The object of their amazement was Rachmaninov's diploma work, a one-act opera named Aleko that he created in just 17 days! Despite being his first test in the genre, Rachmaninov's piece was distinguished by a surprising integrity of plot, the vividness of the major psychological issues, and the freshness of intonation and melodic patterns. Rachmaninov took a fancy to Pushkin's story about the self-willed Zemfira, her dispassionate father, and the savage stranger Aleko, who made a remarkable triangle of characters.

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Personnel: Artur Eisen (baritone); Lyudmila Sergienko (soprano); Anna Volkova (mezzo soprano); Gegam Grigorian (tenor); Gleb Nikolsky (bass voice).

Recording information: Russia (1990).


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>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Aleko, opera, TN ii/70
  • Conductor: Evgeny Svetlanov
  • Ensemble: USSR State Academic Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 37 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1892