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Two musical dramas by Rimsky-Korsakov: Mozart & Salieri; The Noblewoman Vera Sheloga / Alexander Fedin, tenor; Evgeny Nesterenko, bass; Vladimir Karimov, Tamara Milashkina (rec. 1985)

Album Summary

>Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai : Mozart and Salieri (Motsart i Sal'yeri), opera in 1 act, Op. 48
>Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai : The Noblewoman Vera Sheloga (Boyarïnya Vera Sheloga), opera in 1 act, Op. 54
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Firma Melodiya presents an album with two rare operas of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov - The Noblewoman Vera Sheloga and Mozart and Salieri. Both of the one-act operas were written in the second half of the 1890s, in the period of the great Russian composer's new heyday. Mozart and Salieri continued a peculiar tradition that was begun by Alexander Dargomyzhsky in The Stone Guest, a musical incarnation of Alexander Pushkin's Little Tragedies. The Noblewoman Vera Sheloga emerged as an addition (prologue) to Rimsky-Korsakov's opera The Maid of Pskov that he worked on in those years. Rimsky-Korsakov's operas were recorded in 1986 by the company of the USSR Bolshoi Theatre led by the prominent conductor Mark Ermler starring Tamara Milashkina, Nina Grigorieva, Evgeny Nesterenko, Alexander Fedin and other leading soloists of the theatre.

BBC Music Magazine, January 2016
Nesterenko is splendid as the brooding and tormented Salieri in this melodramatic take on Pushkin's drama. More typical of Rimsky is the beautiful and touching Vera Sheloga, with Milashkina affecting in the title role.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: 1985; 1986.



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>Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai : Mozart and Salieri (Motsart i Sal'yeri), opera in 1 act, Op. 48
  • Performers: V. Chasovennaya (Piano); Sergei Girshenko (Violin); Evgeny Nesterenko (Voice)
  • Conductor: Mark Ermler
  • Ensemble: USSR State Choir
  • Running Time: 7 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1897

>Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai : The Noblewoman Vera Sheloga (Boyarïnya Vera Sheloga), opera in 1 act, Op. 54
  • Conductor: Mark Ermler
  • Running Time: 4 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1898