Radio 3 Guide to the Opera
With Katie Derham.
Rachmaninov's student opera 'Aleko' is effectively his graduation exercise, a tale of jealous love and life set in a gipsy camp. Its series of cameos won Rachmaninov Tchaikovsky's friendship (among others), and launched his career as a composer. Gianandrea Noseda brings it to life in his native country of Italy with the BBC Philharmonic, and a cast of leading Russian soloists. Recorded in the RAI Auditorium in Turin.
After it, we hear the BBC Philharmonic - this week's featured orchestra - in a rapturously received performance given last year in Zagreb; Chief Conductor, Juanjo Mena, directs them in Mahler's epic Fifth Symphony.
Aleko ..... Sergey Murzaev (baritone)
Young Gypsy ..... Evgheny Akimov (tenor)
Old Gypsy ..... Gennadi Bezzubenkov (bass)
Zemfira ..... Svetla Vassileva (soprano)
Old Gypsy Woman ..... Nadeshda Vassilieva (mezzo-soprano)
Chorus of the Teatro Regio, Turin,
Gianandrea Noseda (conductor).
Mahler: Symphony No 5
Juanjo Mena (conductor).
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