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Mussorgsky: The Marriage; The Nursery / Gennady Rozhdestvensky

Album Summary

>Mussorgsky, Modest : The Marriage (Zhenit'ba), comic opera in 1 act (unfinished)
>Mussorgsky, Modest : The nursery
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

In 1868, inspired by Dargomyzhsky's work on the opera The Stone Guest (based on Pushkin's tragedy of the same name), Mussorgsky decided to compose his own opera called The Marriage. His task was the same as Dargomyzhsky's: to write an opera based on the text of a literary work without editing it. Although the opera remained unfinished (it was later completed and orchestrated by Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov), the single act of The Marriage was an important milestone in both Mussorgsky's career, and in the history of music in general.

The cycle The Nursery became one of the masterpieces of Mussorgsky's vocal and instrumental creative work. Composed to the composer's own lyrics, the cycle is an extraordinary work which consists of seven numbers that are neither romances nor songs. In their essence, they are miniature scenes from childhood, where Mussorgsky creates the wonderful inner world of a child with amazing accuracy, depth, and love.


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>Mussorgsky, Modest : The Marriage (Zhenit'ba), comic opera in 1 act (unfinished)
  • Performers: Vladimir Khrulev; Lyudmila Kolmakova; Alexander Podbolotov; Vladimir Rybasenko (Bass)
  • Conductor: Gennady Rozhdestvensky
  • Ensemble: USSR Ministry of Culture Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 9 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1868

>Mussorgsky, Modest : The nursery
  • Performer: Irina Muratova
  • Conductor: Gennady Rozhdestvensky
  • Ensemble: Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 10 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1868-1872