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Alexander Dargomyzhsky (1813-1869): Rusalka, opera / Vedernikov, Mikhailova, Pluzhnikov, Pisarenko. Fedoseyev

Notes & Reviews:

Following the success of The Stone Guest (BC 94028) this set presents Dargomyzhky's Rusalka (written before Dvorak's opera on the same topic). Recorded in 1983 with full Russian forces and conducted by the esteemed Vladimir Fedoseyev, Dargomyzhky bridges the gap in Russian music between Glinka and 'The Five.' This is a superb addition to the Brilliant Classics Opera Collection, the treasure trove of the famous and unexpected!

American Record Guide, March/April 2014
This 1983 performance from Moscow is a good opportunity to hear it. It's a worthy performance, and Brilliant offers it at budget price. The role of the Miller was a speciality of the great Russian bass Feodor Chaliapin. The other singers are quite good. This Rusalka was an early example of melodic recitative in Russian opera eventually leading to the marvelous style of Moussorgsky. His romantic lyricism influenced the fairy tale operas of Rimsky-Korsakoff as well.

BBC Music Magazine, April 2014
A work of real quality...finely performed here.


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