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Rimsky-Korsakov / Rimskij-Korsakov - Le conte du Tsar Saltan / Skazka o Tsare Saltane (2 CD Set) [Import]

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov , Vasily Nebolsin Audio CD
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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Aquarius
  • ASIN: B002LHKLA4
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 332,003 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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NIKOLAI RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Le Conte Du Tsar Saltan De son fils, le Prince Gvidon Saltanovich, héros fameux et de la belle Princesse-Cygne Opéra en quarte actes et six tableaux Livret de Vladimir Bielsky d'apres le Conte de Pouchkine CD 1 1. Prologue Act I 2. Introduction to Act I 3. Militrissa, The Court Fool 4. The Messenger 5. Militrissa, people Act II 6. Introduction to Act II 7. Militrissa, Guidon 8. The Swan Princess CD 2 1. Nocturne. Apparition de la ville et conclusion de l'Acte 2 Act III 2. Tableau 1: Gvidon. lu Princesse-Cygne: le vol do Bourdon 3. Tebleau 2: Le Tsar Saltan, les deux s?urs, Baharikha, les trois Marchands 4. Rècits des trois Marchands Act IV 5. Tableau 1: Introduction. Gvidon, la Princesse-Cygne 6. Conclusion du Tableau 1 7. Interlude Symphonique 8. Tableau 2: Militrissa. Gvidon, Tsar Saltan 9. Conclusion du Tableau 2 10. Ch?ur final Tsar Saltan - Ivan Petroff, basse Gvidon - Vladimir Ivanovsky, tènor La Tsarine Melitrissa - Yevguenia Smolenskaïa, soprano La Princesse-Cygne - Galina Oleinitchenko, soprano Babarikha - Yevguenia Verbitzkaia, contralto La cuisinière - Yevguenia Choumilova, soprano Le bouffon - Marc Rechetine, basse La tisserande - L. Nikitina, mezzo-soprano Le vieux paysan - P. Tchekine, tènor Le messager - Alekseï Ivanoff, baryton Choir of the Bolshoi Theatre Orchestr Conductor - Vassili Nieboissine Recorded in 1953.

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By Ralph Moore TOP 50 REVIEWER
I have been in trouble with fellow-Amazon reviewers before now for saying that I find some of Rimsky-Korsakov's operas static and unengaging - although the composer himself said, "Thank God I am, it would seem, no dramatic composer", apparently acknowledging his own limitations, so it is perhaps not so unwise often to look for other virtues in his charming works. For some reason, I found this one, boxy sound, loony, fairy-tale plot and all, absolutely delightful, while I have far more mixed feelings about more popular operas still in the Russian repertoire such as "The Invisible City of Kitezh". However, I do also very much enjoy the "Sadko" in a recording from the same era conducted by Golovanov (see my review); you need to meet it on its own terms as another folksy pageant with some superb singing.

As far as I know, there have only ever been three audio recordings made: this one recorded in 1959, another mono German version from 1952 on Walhall and one made in 1959 in Zagreb. (There is, apparently, also a 1978 video version, again in German.) This seems to be the most authentic and preferable, although the Croatian (formerly Yugoslavian) version is apparently well thought of; I have not heard it.

This is, in any case, a hard recording to find, if you want a CD set rather than a download. It has been available under a few different labels, including a well re-mastered version (some slight distortion and pre-echo apart, presumably inherent in the original recording) on the "monopole" label from Austria, distinguished by its having absolutely no notes, information, tracks details, synopsis - nothing beyond a cast list on the back. Used copies are expensive and rare.
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