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A Mania for Revision

Donald Macleod explains how crippling doubts plagued Rimsky-Korsakov as he set about revising countless works of his.

Donald Macleod continues the story of Rimsky-Korsakov's final decades, with the help of a contemporary biography written by one of the composer's most ardent fans and collaborators. Crippling doubts plague the composer as he sets about revising countless of his works. Therapy comes in the form of ambitious plan to write musical theory, and also in the sounds of Wagner whose radical operas inspire Rimsky-Korsakov to find new ways of presenting his own national stories on the stage.

The Maid of Pskov (Overture)
Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Igor Golovchin, conductor

May Night - Act 1 Scene 6 'Hopak Scene'
Nikolaï Rechetniak, baritone (Kalenik)
Sveshnikov Academic Choir
Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra
Andrey Chistiakov, conductor

Capriccio Espagnol: Scena e Canto Gitano
Anthony Goldstone, piano
Caroline Clemmow, piano

String Quartet in F (1st movement)
Rimsky-Korsakov Quartet

Symphonic Suite 'Antar' (2nd movement)
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Dmitri Kitajenko, conductor

The Snow Maiden (Act 1 conclusion)
Valentina Sokolik, soprano (Snow Maiden)
Lidya Sakharenko, soprano (Kupava)
Anatoly Moksyakov, baritone (Mizgir)
Grand Choir of the USSR Radio and TV
Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
Vladimir Fedoseyev, conductor

Producer: Michael Surcombe.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

    The Maid Of Pskov - Opera In 4 Acts

    Orchestra: Moscow S O. Conductor: Igor Golovchin.
    • NAXOS : 8.-553513.
    • NAXOS.
    • 1.
  • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

    May Night [mayskaya Noch'] - Opera In 3 Acts

    Conductor: Андрей Николаевич Чистяков. Orchestra: Bolshoi Opera Orchestra. Choir: Sveshnikov Russian Academic Choir. Singer: Nikolai Rechetniak.
    • CHANT DU MONDE : RUS-28810304.
    • 7.
  • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

    Capriccio Espagnol (Op.34), Arr. For 2 Pianos [orig. Orch]

    Performer: Anthony Goldstone. Performer: Caroline Clemmow.
    • AMPHIO:PHICD127.
    • AMPHION.
    • 8.
  • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

    Quartet In F Major Op.12 For Strings

    Performer: Lyric String Quartet.
    • Meridian CDE -84293.
    • Meridian.
    • 7.
  • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

    Antar - Symphonic Suite Op.9

    Performer: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Dmitri Georgievich Kitayenko.
    • CHANDOS : CHAN-9178.
    • CHANDOS.
    • 8.
  • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

    Snow Maiden [snegurochka] - Opera In A Prologue And 4 Acts

    Singer: Valentina Sokolik. Choir: Ussr Radio Large Chorus. Orchestra: MOSCOW R S O. Choir: USSR Radio Chorus.
    • RELIEF: CD991049.
    • RELIEF.
    • 1.


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