Rimsky-Korsakov: Le Coq d’Or (CD) – Aleksey Korolev

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Rimsky-Korsakov: Le Coq d’Or (CD) – Aleksey Korolev

Composer: Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Artists: Aleksey Korolev, Yuri Yelnikov, Aleksandr Polyakov, Leonid Ktitorov, Antonina Klescheva, Gennady Pishchayev, Klara Kadinskaya, Nina Polyakova, Grand Choir & Symphony Orchestra of All-Union Radio & Television
Conductors: Aleksey Korolev, Yevgeny Akulov
Number of Discs: 2
Label: Melodiya
CD Release Date: June 16, 2017

Here, Dodon and his kingdom (the princes, retinue, boyars and cringing folk) have a grotesque, parody musical characteristic deriding the inertness and helplessness of the authorities of the last years of the Russian autocracy. The other, fairy-tale layer of the opera so typical of Rimsky-Korsakov is as interesting and represented with the characters of the Astrologer, the Cockerel and Queen of Shemakha, an embodiment of wicked beauty, whose bewitching insidiousness leads Dodon to his death. The music of Queen of Shemakha reflected the tradition of the Russian Orient as well as the latest devices in the field of musical technique, harmony and orchestration. In terms of refinement of the musical language, the second act is among the brightest phenomena of Russian art of the early 20th century.

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