Notes & Reviews:
"This entire entry in the ever-growing Raff discography is both novel and highly satisfying, and that goes for the warm, expansive sonics too. Of course you get a full libretto and plenty of information about the music. If you love Raff's music as much as I do, you really live Raff's music as much as I do, you really shouldn't need any further urging to get this."-American Record Guide
"Gennady Bezzubenkov declaims powerfully as the Old Gypsy, and Evgeny Akimov is elegant in his short cavatina. The chorus, from Turin's Teatro Regio, supplies suitably languid tone." -BBC Music Magazine ***
"Noseda's no shrinking violet, and this studio recording with the BBC Philharmonic, five impassioned Russian voices, and the choir of Turin's Teatro Regio pulsates with passion...Sergey Murzaev barrels forth as the outsider hero Aleko; Svetlana Vassileva is succulent as the Gypsy with two lovers." -The Times ***
"[Noseda] conducts with his usual mix of passion and intellectual rigour, and there's some startlingly effective playing." -The Guardian ***
"Noseda's skill here is to maintain control of pacing and to keep the drama both tense and fluid...Turin's Teatro Regio chorus adeptly assumes its role as a band of Bessarabian gipsies and the BBC Philharmonic plays superbly." -The Telegraph ****
Recording information: Auditorio RAI Arturo Toscanini, Turin, Italy (09/07/2009-09/08/2009).
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Works DetailsRachmaninov, Sergey : Aleko, opera, TN ii/70
- Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda
- Notes: Auditorio RAI Arturo Toscanini, Turin, Italy (09/07/2009-09/08/2009)
- Running Time: 30 min. 55 sec.
- Period Time: Post Romantic
- Form: Opera/Operetta
- Written: 1892