Notes & Reviews:
American Record Guide, November/December 2014
A sad, realistic tale accompanied by music as prosaic as the text. Butsko called White Nights a sentimental opera. And so it is. It's tonal for the most part. The 1973 performance is well done, the two singers have lovely voices quite apt for their roles.
"The best traditions of domestic music culture live on in Yuri Butsko's deeply national music," wrote Music in the USSR magazine. When a student of the Moscow Conservatory, Butsko composed the opera Diary of a Mad Man after Nikolai Gogol (1963) which subsequently became generally recognized. Firma Melodiya presents a recording of Yuri Butsko's opera White Nights based on a novel by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Giving his opera a subtitle "sentimental", the composer emphasized its lyric and intimate orientation as if continuing the line of Tchaikovsky's "lyric scenes". Moreover, White Nights is a chamber opera where the events are given through a lyric narration and the monologues of its two characters Nastenka and Dreamer who is in love with her create a basis of the dramatic concept. Following Mussorgsky's and Prokofiev's traditions, the composer preserved Dostoyevsky's original prosaic text revealing a peculiar poetic musicality of the great writer's early romantic novel. White Nights was premiered in Dresden in 1968 to a great success, however it has never been staged in this country. The recording was made by Gennady Rozhdestvensky, a recognized interpreter of 20th century music, and the All-Union Radio Big Symphony Orchestra in 1973 with the participation of Galina Pisarenko and Anatoly Mishchevsky, People's Artists of the RSFSR and soloists of the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Music Theatre.Notes & Reviews:
Recording information: 1973.
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Works DetailsButsko, Yuri : White Nights, opera
- Performers: Anatoly Mishchevsky (Tenor); Galina Pisarenko (Soprano)
- Conductor: Gennady Rozhdestvensky
- Ensemble: Big Symphony Orchestra of All-Union Radio and Central Television
- Running Time: 60 min. 56 sec.
- Period Time: Contemporary
- Form: Opera/Operetta
- Written: 1966-1968