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Kreasimir Baranovic, Belgrade National Opera Chorus, Belgrade National Opera Orchestra, Biserka Cveji - Rimsky-Korsakov: Snow Maiden (CD 3 TO 4 DISC SET)

Kreasimir Baranovic, Belgrade National Opera Chorus, Belgrade National Opera Orchestra, Biserka Cveji - Rimsky-Korsakov: Snow Maiden (CD 3 TO 4 DISC SET)
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Kreasimir Baranovic, Belgrade National Opera Chorus, Belgrade National Opera Orchestra, Biserka Cveji - Rimsky-Korsakov: Snow Maiden (CD 3 TO 4 DISC SET)

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Kreasimir Baranovic, Belgrade National Opera Chorus, Belgrade National Opera Orchestra, Biserka Cveji - Rimsky-Korsakov: Snow Maiden (CD 3 TO 4 DISC SET)

A first release on CD for the first recording in stereo of Rimsky-Korsakov's enchanting springtime love-story.

With this and six companion issues, Eloquence makes available for the first time on CD the seven complete Russian operas recorded in 1955 by Decca with the company of the Belgrade Opera.

Fresh from a successful tour of Boris Godunovin Switzerland the previous year, the Belgrade Opera in 1955 was keen to make an impression on an international public. At the same time, the Decca company perceived a cost-effective but artistically assured opportunity to expand both its small but rapidly growing stereo catalogue and its opera discography with classics of the Russian opera repertoire in the original language.

Composed in 1882, The Snow Maidenwas Rimsky-Korsakov's third opera, and he would go on to write another twelve, but even late in life he thought it his finest. It brings nature to life with magical representations of the forest, of frost and spring and even a Shrovetide doll, alongside the villagers who come across the maiden and adopt her. The score is rich in flower songs, shepherds' piping and even a restrained deployment of Wagnerian leitmotifs associated with the Snow Maiden, the trouser-role shepherd Leland Mizgir, the merchant who is doomed never to take the Snow Maiden as his bride with the final arrival of spring.

Recorded in both mono and stereo but originally issued only in mono, the stereo versions were held back for the US market andfinally released in Europe in the 1960s, by which time the Belgrade Opera had acquired an international reputation for excellence. The original stereo tapes have been remastered for the first time, and they are demonstration-quality examples of the renowned early Decca sound.

The booklet for this newly remastered release prints both a synopsis and an essay by Peter Quantrill giving full historical context to the Belgrade opera recordings.

'The performance conveys a great sense of enjoyment… SofiyaJankovic'sSnow Maiden is charmingly sung… she characterisesthe part very well and is most touching in her death scene… The smaller parts are all well cast… Baranovicand his company have secured a very vivid and engaging interpretation of this lovely score.' Gramophone, February 1957

'The sound is amazingly smooth and clear, and the stereo spread even in those experimental days is really first rate.' Operamagazine, August 1974

Tracklistings:

NIKOLAI RIMSKY-KORSAKOV (1844–1908)

The Snow Maiden

Snegurochka

Springtime tale in a prologue and four acts

Libretto by the composer after the 'springtime fairy-tale'

by Alexander Nikolayevich Ostrovsky

1.Spring -BiserkaCvejić

2.KingFrost -Miroslav Čangalović

3.Snow Maiden (Snegurochka) -SofijaJanković

4.Wood Spirit -Drago Dimitrijević

5.Lel -MilicaMiladinović

6.Kupava-ValerijaHeybal

7.TsarBerendey-StepanAndrashevich

8.Bermyata-IlijaGligorijević

9.Mizgir-DušanPopović

10.Bobil-Nikola Jančić

11.Bobilikha-LjubicaVersaykova

12.Shrovetide Straw-Dummy -Ivan Murgaški

13.FirstHerald -BogoljubGrubač

14.SecondHerald, KrstaKrstich

15.Page -Anita Yelinek

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Release Date 11 Jan 2019
Brand N/A
Artist Baranovic, Belgrade National Opera Chorus / Orchestra, Cveji
Title Rimsky-Korsakov: Snow Maiden
Format CD 3 TO 4 DISC SET
Packaging -
ISBN N/A
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