|Sergey Vassilievich Rachmaninov|| |
The Miserly Knight, Op. 24
Ildar Abdrazakov (Bass-Baritone), Gennadi Bezzubenkov (Bass), Peter Bronder (Tenor), Misha Didyk (Tenor), Sergey Murzaev (Baritone)
BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Following their acclaimed recording of Francesca da Rimini, the BBC Philharmonic and its Chief Conductor Gianandrea Noseda continue their exploration of Rachmaninoff’s three one-act operas.
The Miserly Knight is arguably the finest of Rachmaninoff’s operas. If circumstances had been more favourable he would have composed far more for the stage, but the three short operas he did complete show that he had all the makings of a great opera composer.
It is quite possible that The Miserly Knight was inspired by Rachmaninoff’s spendthrift father who frittered away the family’s fortune and, following his sister’s death from diphtheria, separated from Sergei’s mother. The financial incompetence of Rachmaninoff’s father may have drawn the composer to Pushkin’s ‘little tragedy’ The Miserly Knight, that Pushkin wrote in the autumn of 1830 in which the rich Baron’s destitute son is forced to consider murdering his father in order to access his inheritance. Pushkin’s drama makes an excellent opera text, full of striking phrases and images, and almost ideal for musical setting in its sequence of episodes and ideas.
Opera is one of Gianandrea Noseda’s great musical passions and it is a genre he has explored very effectively with the BBC Philharmonic. In September he became Music Director at Teatro Regio in Turin, one of Europe’s leading opera houses, and he also appeared with the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, and La Scala, Turin.
RACHMANINOFF: THE MISERLY KNIGHT
Following the successful launch of the Rachmaninoff opera series last year with Francesca da Rimini the BBC Philharmonic and its Chief Conductor, Gianandrea Noseda, turn their attention to The Miserly Knight. This is arguably the finest of Rachmaninoff’s operatic output; Pushkin’s drama makes an excellent operatic text, full of striking phrases and images. Opera is of course one of Noseda’s great musical passions and it is a genre he has explored very effectively with the BBC Philharmonic. Last September Noseda was appointed Music Director of Teatro Regio in Turin and he has also appeared at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and Teatro alla Scala, Milan. This sparkling new recording features the tenor Peter Bronder as well as four talented Russian singers: the bass Ildar Abdrazakov, tenor Misha Didyk, baritone Sergey Murzaev and bass Gennady Bezzubenkov.