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Dargomizhsky: Russalka

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>Dargomizhsky, Alexander Sergeyevich : Rusalka, opera
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Text by the composer, after Alexander Pushkin

Evelina Dobraceva (soprano), Arutjun Kotchinian (bass), Vsevolod Grivnov (tenor), Marina Prudenskaya (mezzo-soprano), Elena Bryleva (soprano), Andrey Telegin (bass) & Martha Jurowski (soprano)WDR Rundfunkchor Koln & WDR Rundfunkorchester Koln, Michail Jurowski

Almost forgotten today, Alexander Dargomizhsky was a major figure in the early history of Russian music. The opera Rusalka was where Dargomizhsky discovered his own tonal language. The text is expanded from Alexander Pushkin's unfinished verse drama into a passionate love story of frivolity, jealousy and revenge. Dargomizhsky was the first composer to set a literary drama to music by using the written text. He goes against the conventional divisions into arias, duets and ensembles. Instead he looked to explore the emotion of the original words. "I want the sound to express the word directly. I want the truth"

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Recording information: 04/2008.


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>Dargomizhsky, Alexander Sergeyevich : Rusalka, opera
  • Performer: Martha Jurowski (Voice)
  • Conductor: Michail Jurowski
  • Running Time: 9 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1856