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Sergey V. Rachmaninov: Complete Operas, Cantatas & Fragments


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Sergei VasiIyevich Rachmaninov was born on 2O March 1873 old StyIe ( 1 ApriI New StyIe) at the Semyon­ova estate in the Novgorod district. As is common when transcribing SIavic names from Cyrillic, the s pellling of his name varies and is also written, for example, as Rachmaninov. He himself transcribed his name as Rachmaninov, which is why it is written this way in the following. Today in this country he is known most of all as a great pianist and composer of piano works. His piano concertos, especially the second, and his Paganini Variations are among the most popular works in their respective genres. Orchestral works, too, such as the Second Symphony, the symphonic poem Isle of the Dead or the Symphonic Dances are still frequently heard in concerts and on recordings. Less well known is that Rachmaninov also com posed operas, songs and sacred vocal works, even if some specialists are well aware of this. Although the OpernfUhrer (opera guide) by AttiIa Csampai and Dietmar Holland (new edition 2006) only listed him in the appendix with three completed operas, Aleko, Francesca da Rimini and The Miserly Knight, at least this is something. Reclam's multi-volume Lexikon der Opernwelt (1998) devotes all of seven lines to Aleko, about three to Francesca, and not one line to The Miserly Knight. The Harenberg Opera Guide (2000) has one page devoted to the composer and Francesca respec­tively. PopuIarity Iooks quite different from this. Perhaps the Russian Ianguage was an obstacle to gaining a wider audience, but at Ieast Rachmaninoff is no longer ignored as an opera composer. The popularity of the operas by his fellow countrymen Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881, see also ProfiI Edition Gunter Hanssler PH21002), Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1910, PH19010) or Peter Tchaikovsky (1840 -1893, PH17053) was never and will probably never be achieved by Rachmaninoff's works for the lyric stage. Nor will the other composers from the country of his birth - see the overview of Russian operas in PH19 040.
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Catalogue number PH21036
Barcode 0881488210361
Release date 08/04/2022
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Label Hanssler Profil
Format CD
Number of discs 15
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