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Anton Rubinstein: The Demon / Soloists of the All-Union Radio, Boris Khaikin

Notes & Reviews:

A 1974 Soviet-era recording of Anton Rubinstein's The Demon. Inspired by the Mikhail Lermontov poem, the opera, initially a great public success, was subsequently almost totally forgotten; only a few of its fragments were widely known. Lately, Russian and foreign opera houses have been showing a renewed interest in it. Alexander Polyakov, then a future soloist of the Bolshoi Theatre and Nina Lebedeva, a Bolshoi soloist and remarkable performer, star in this production.

MusicWeb International, 2nd May 2014
Polyakov's warm, grainy, seductive tone brings out all the intriguing ambivalence of the Demon's persona...both Nina Grigorieva as the Nanny and Nina Derbina as the Angel have strikingly beautiful voices.

American Record Guide, July/August 2014
The Demon is the seventh of Rubinstein's 17 opera-oratorios. He intended his oratorios to be staged. It had its premiere at the Maria Theater in St Petersburg, January 25, 1875. The libretto in a prologue, three acts, and epilogue is by Pavel Viskovatov and is based on a poem by Mikhail Lermontov. Like all of Rubinstein's stage works, it is very rarely performed.



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