NIKOLAI RIMSKY-KORSAKOV (1844-1908): Poem about Alexei, the Man of God for Chorus and Orchestra, Op. 20, Song of Oleg the Wise for Tenor, Bass, Male Chorus and Orchestra, Op. 58, From Homer for Tenor, Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano, Female Chorus and Orchestra, Op. 60, Switezianka for Soprano, Tenor, Chorus and Orchestra, Op. 44.
Catalogue Number: 04O048
Label: Brilliant Classics
Description: Switezianka (1897) was finished just after Sadko and has an atmosphere of legend and the presence of an aquatic element characterized by the composer with all of his exceptional orchestrational ability. The other long work, Oleg (1899) sets a martial poem by Pushkin; After Homer (1901), inspired by the Odyssey, has a shimmering, luminous atmosphere and Alexis (1878) uses the music from a pilgrim's chorus in The Maid of Pskov. No texts. Dmitri Kortchak (tenor), Tatiana Fedotova, Elena Mitrakova (sopranos), Svetlana Sizova (mezzo), Nikolai Didenko (bass), Chorus of the Moscow Academy of Choral Art, Moscow Symphony Orchestra; Vladimir Ziva. Original 2002 Russian Season release (06D048).