Rachmaninov - Monna Vanna (Act 1), Songs | Ondine ODE12492

Rachmaninov - Monna Vanna (Act 1), Songs

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Label: Ondine

Cat No: ODE12492

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 2nd June 2014

Contents

Works

Rachmaninov, Sergei

Monna Vanna (unfinished - Act 1)
Songs (6), op.38
» no.4 The Rat-Catcher
» no.5 Dreams
Songs (12), op.21
» no.5 Lilacs
» no.7 How fair this spot
Songs (15), op.26
» no.10 Before my Window
» no.12 Night is Mournful
Vocalise, op.34 no.14

Artists

Soile Isokoski (soprano)
Vladimir Ashkenazy (piano)
Moscow Conservatory Opera Soloists
Moscow Conservatory Students Choir
Moscow Conservatory Students Symphony Orchestra

Conductor

Vladimir Ashkenazy

Works

Rachmaninov, Sergei

Monna Vanna (unfinished - Act 1)
Songs (6), op.38
» no.4 The Rat-Catcher
» no.5 Dreams
Songs (12), op.21
» no.5 Lilacs
» no.7 How fair this spot
Songs (15), op.26
» no.10 Before my Window
» no.12 Night is Mournful
Vocalise, op.34 no.14

Artists

Soile Isokoski (soprano)
Vladimir Ashkenazy (piano)
Moscow Conservatory Opera Soloists
Moscow Conservatory Students Choir
Moscow Conservatory Students Symphony Orchestra

Conductor

Vladimir Ashkenazy

About

Rachmaninov’s rarely heard, and unfinished opera Monna Vanna is recorded here in a newer edition by Gennadi Belov and led by Vladimir Ashkenazy, an iconic artist and expert in Russian music.

This recording of Monna Vanna is a world première recording of the sung Russian version – the language in which Rachmaninov originally intended the opera to be performed.

Rachmaninov wrote Act 1 of Monna Vanna in 1907, whilst also completing some of his major works: Symphony No.2 and his first piano sonata. Rachmaninov never completed the work and it fell into oblivion until it was finally premièred in New York in 1984.

The Second part of this disc features the Finnish soprano Soile Isokoski. She records seven songs by Rachmaninov – including the hauntingly beautiful Vocalise – and is accompanied by Ashkenazy on piano.

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