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1  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Martinu's Prelude Symphonique "The Rock" on: December 14, 2017, 05:42:03 am
Ah, thank you.
2  Little-known music of all eras / Discussion of obscure composers / Re: Martinu's Prelude Symphonique "The Rock" on: December 13, 2017, 02:19:40 pm
I had never heard of this work before, Dundonnell. Is it inspired by the same Lermontov poem as Rachmaninov's early symphonic piece?
3  Preliminaries / Greetings / Re: Hello on: December 13, 2017, 02:12:32 pm
Thanks for the welcome, cjvinthechair and shamus.  Smiley
4  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: "Servilia" - opera by Rimsky-Korsakov on: December 09, 2017, 12:51:10 pm
Thank you all. I'm very interested in Russian opera. I've ordered the Cui " Puss in Boots". Should I getn The Serov "Judith"?

I haven't listened to it for several years. It's no rediscovered masterpiece but I did enjoy it, I recall. Now it's been reissued by Brilliant at a low price, it's definitely worth taking a punt if you're curious.
5  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: "Servilia" - opera by Rimsky-Korsakov on: December 09, 2017, 12:44:29 pm
Thanks - do you have the links for these?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nlDNA8OgRUE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aMYUVLu5Oa4
6  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: "Servilia" - opera by Rimsky-Korsakov on: December 06, 2017, 05:41:32 pm
Sorry, should have been more clear. On YouTube there are a couple of short video clips - one from a modern production by Junge Oper Hannover, posted last year.

And there's one that actually turns out to be a crowdfunding promo from 2015. It was to fund Opera for Bulgaria (?) to produce Puss in Boots and Little Red Riding Hood by Cui. I don't know if anything came of it.
7  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: "Servilia" - opera by Rimsky-Korsakov on: December 06, 2017, 09:43:51 am
The link to the Cui disc:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Gestiefelte-Kater-Cesar-Cui/dp/349188764X/ref=pd_rhf_gw_p_img_1?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=5TYMZV8NX9W0V1FBE2S8
8  Preliminaries / Greetings / Re: Hello on: December 06, 2017, 08:52:59 am
Hello, Christopher and Christo.

Many thanks for the welcome.  Smiley
9  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: "Servilia" - opera by Rimsky-Korsakov on: December 06, 2017, 08:51:12 am
Many thanks for this Demetrius.

To your knowledge, have Ruth (Ippolitov-Ivanov), Nero (Rubinstein), or any of the Cui operas (other than Feast) been recorded?

No, I'm afraid I've never heard of any Ippolitov-Ivanov opera being recorded. The Biblical setting  of Ruth would seem to be an ideal vehicle for him given the composer's interest in "orientalist" musical colouring. I also just found two more Ippolitov-Ivanov operas on non-Russian subjects - Ole from the Northern Land (1915/16 and set, I think, in Scandinavia) and The Last Barricade (1933, set in the Paris Commune).

There is an arrangement for radio of Cui's Puss in Boots. It was recorded and released on CD in the late 90s, IIRC, and is sung in German. Apparently, the opera became quite popular in the post-war DDR. I'm assuming it's the same version that can be heard on YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdOxin_Fa2o

There are some other clips on that site that suggest his late childrens' operas are still occasionally revived in eastern Europe.

As for the Rubinstein, I know of no recording of Nero. There was a bootlegged recording of Christus floating around a while back but the excerpts I heard didn't encourage me to investigate further.




10  Preliminaries / Greetings / Hello on: December 01, 2017, 08:10:09 pm
Hello.  Smiley

I have been a reader of this forum for a long time, several years in fact, and think it's one of the best of its kind I've come across.

I'm based in the UK and I have a special interest in Russian (pre-Soviet) music and British music but my musical tastes are really very catholic - lower case 'c',  although sacred music is another genre I'm drawn to, thinking about it!

Looking forward to chatting with you all.  Smiley
11  Little-known music of all eras / New recordings / Re: "Servilia" - opera by Rimsky-Korsakov on: December 01, 2017, 12:08:51 pm
I'm not sure that Russian opera is quite so insular as we might think. Clearly there was a political/cultural element in pre-revolutionary Russian music that was informed by the nationalism so popular across Europe in the nineteenth century but I also think that the success or otherwise of non-Russian/Slavic subjects in opera has been partly affected by what non-Russian audiences/musicologists think Russian music should sound like. In that respect, it has been common in the past for such works to be dismissed as anomalies or not authentic.

Just off the top of my head, I can think of these non-Russian subjects that were set to music by Russian composers, though not all have been recorded:

Dargomyzhsky:

Esmeralda
The Stone Guest

Serov:

Judith

Mussorgsky:

Salammbo

Anton Rubinstein:

Nero

(The latter perhaps most obviously in the context of this discussion, but also several others including his "sacred operas".)

Rimsky-Korsakov:

Mozart and Salieri
Servilia

Tchaikovsky:

The Maid of Orleans
Iolanta

Arensky:

Raphael

S Taneyev:

The Oresteia

Rachmaninov:

Francesca da Rimini
Monna Vanna (incomplete).


Ippolitov-Ivanov:

Ruth

Cui:

William Ratcliffe
Le Flibustier
Angelo
Feast in Time of Plague
Mateo Falcone

plus several others.


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As a postscript for Hattoff, you can find an English libretto for Servilia here - http://opera.stanford.edu/iu/libretti/servilia.htm   Smiley
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