Rimsky-Korsakov - Scheherazade, The Golden Cockerel Suite
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Label: CuGate Classics
Cat No: CGC024
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 2nd December 2016
ArtistsSt Petersburg Radio & TV Symphony Orchestra
Academic Symphony Orchestra of the St Petersburg Philharmonia
The Golden Cockerel is a ballet-opera based on Alexander Pushkin‘s 1834 poem The Fairy Tale of the Little Golden Cockerel. Actually Rimsky-Korsakov said he was finished with opera composing by 1907, but due to the political situation in Russia he decided to come back with a libretto, which with the means of satire performed a mirror image of the actual political situation in Russia, particularly the Russo-Japanese war 1904 – 1905, which Russia eventually lost. It is not a coincidence that Tsar Dodon is a kind of spitting image of Tsar Nikolai II, who came into the war against the feel of the Russian people as did Tsar Dodon, when he began to battle one of his neighbouring states. Consequently the opera was officially politically banned and could not be staged during the composers life. After his death in 1908, Alexander Glazunov and Rimsky-Korsakov’s son-in-law Maximilian Steinberg compiled an orchestral suite from the opera, consisting of four movements, which highlight the most important themes and melodies of the piece.
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