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Donald Macleod explains how the ancient Greek and Roman worlds provided inspiration for Rimsky-Korsakov's music.

The ancient world provides inspiration for Rimsky-Korsakov's music, with trips to both the Greek and Roman worlds. For Rimsky-Korsakov it turns out to be a liberating experience, not least because his audience had so little knowledge of what music from classical times might have sounded like that he could do pretty much what he fancied. With Donald Macleod.

The Rainy Day has Waned, Op 51 No 5
Mikhail Lanskoy, baritone
Ilya Scheps, piano

From Homer
Moscow Academy of Choral Singing
Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Vladimir Ziva, conductor

Servilia: Tsveti moi!
Renée Fleming, soprano
Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre
Valery Gergiev, conductor

The Tsar's Bride (Act 3 Scene 4)
Dmitri Hvorostovsky, baritone (Graznoy
Kirov Orchestra
Valery Gergiev, conductor

Suite: The Tale of Tsar Saltan
Seattle Symphony
Gerard Schwarz, conductor

Producer: Michael Surcombe.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Trad.

    The New Town of Edinburgh

    Ensemble: Concerto Caledonia.
  • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

    The Rainy Day Has Waned Op.51 no. 5

    Performer: Ilya Scheps. Singer: Mikhail Lanskoy.
    • CHANT DU MONDE: LDC28803840.
    • CHANT DU MONDE.
    • 19.
  • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

    From Homer

    Conductor: Vladimir Ziva. Orchestra: Moscow S O. Choir: Moscow Academy Of Choral Singing.
    • CHANT DU MONDE RUS288175.
    • CHANT DU MONDE.
    • 3.
  • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

    Tsveti moi! (Servilia)

    Orchestra: Mariinsky Orchestra. Conductor: Valery Gergiev. Singer: Renée Fleming.
    • DECCA : 475-807 2.
    • DECCA.
    • 8.
  • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

    The Tsar's Bride: Act 3 Scene 4

    Orchestra: Mariinsky Orchestra. Conductor: Valery Gergiev.
    • PHILIPS : 462618-2.
    • PHILIPS.
    • 13.
  • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

    Suite: The Tale of Tsar Sultan

    Orchestra: Seattle S O. Conductor: Gerard Schwarz.
    • NAXOS : 8.-572693.
    • NAXOS.
    • 7.

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