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.Notes & Reviews:
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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Works DetailsRachmaninov, 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