Nikolay Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908)
5/5. Donald Macleod describes how, as Russia inched towards revolution, Rimsky-Korsakov found himself at the centre of a student uprising which helped his reputation among the people. At the same time, however, his operas were suffering at the hands of the increasingly paranoid state censors.
Koliadka (Christmas Eve)
Bolshoi Chorus and Symphony Orchestra
Alexander Lazarev (conductor)
The Tale of Tsar Saltan (excerpt from Act 3)
Gvidon....Vladimir Ivanovsky (tenor)
La Princesse-Cygne....Galina Oleinitchenko (soprano)
Choir and Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre
Vassily Nebolsin (conductor)
USSR Radio Symphony Orchestra
Vladimir Fedoseyev (conductor)
The Golden Cockerel (excerpt from Act 3)
Tsar Dodon....Nikolai Stoilov (bass)
Astrologer....Lyubomir Dyakovski (tenor)
Queen of Shemakha....Elena Stoyanova (soprano)
Sofia National Opera Chorus and Orchestra
Dimiter Manolov (conductor)
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Mariss Jansons (conductor).
Donald Macleod explores Rimsky-Korsakov's early years. As a teenager, the composer was nicknamed 'beautiful child' by his colleagues in the loose collective of composers known as 'The Mighty Handful' and was seen by many of them as the brightest hope for the future of Russian music.
Donald Macleod examines the circumstances of Rimsky-Korsakov's 'defection' from the progressive but amateur 'Mighty Handful' of his composer contemporaries to the haven of academia that was the St Petersburg conservatory.
Donald Macleod looks at the consequences of the arrival in St Petersburg of millionaire Mitrofan Belyayev, a man whose new business venture would lead to Rimsky-Korsakov becoming one of the most powerful and influential musicians in Russia.
Donald Macleod details the period in the late 1880s, when Rimsky-Korsakov composed a series of orchestral works that would eventually make him famous across the world.
But then his life was beset by tragedy and a creative block that seemed insurmountable.
Rimsky-Korsakov: Neapolitan Song
Anthony Goldstone, Caroline Clemmow (piano duet)
Russian Easter Festival Overture
Yevgeny Svetlanov (conductor)
Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
Donald Johanos (conductor)
Sadko (Excerpt from Sc 1)
Sadko....Vladimir Galusin (tenor)
First Elder....Foma Nazarich (tenor)
Second Elder....Gannadi Bezzubenkov (bass)
Duda....Vladimir Ognovenko (bass)
Sopel....Nikolai Gassiev (tenor)
Kirov Chorus and Orchestra
Valery Gergiev (conductor).