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RACHMANINOV: Aleko / The Miserly Knight / Francesca da Rimini (excerpts)

Composer(s)Rachmaninov, Sergei
Artist(s)
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Opera
Catalogue 8.557817
Label Naxos
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Opera may not have been of central importance to Rachmaninov’s long and diverse creative life but, relatively early in his career, he completed two one-act operas. The intense psychological study The Miserly Knight takes as its source of inspiration a tragic tale by Pushkin. Francesca da Rimini is based on an episode at the end of Canto V of Dante’s Inferno. The earlier Aleko, based on a tale of love and jealousy in a gypsy camp, won the composer the gold medal for composition at the Moscow Conservatory in 1892. All three works demonstrate Rachmaninov’s gift for yearning melodies, as well as his mastery of orchestral colour and drama.


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Work/Track Title Time
RACHMANINOV: Aleko / The Miserly Knight / Francesca da Rimini (excerpts) 1:15:34   
  Aleko (excerpts)          
      Introduction 3:05       
      The Old Gypsy's Narrative 5:20       
      Women's Dance 4:07       
      Men's Dance 4:39       
      Aleko's Cavatina 6:11       
      The Young Gypsy's Romance 1:47       
      Allegro moderato (Duet) 1:53       
      Finale: Agitato (Entrance of Aleko) 1:40       
      Finale: Moderato (Death of the Young Gypsy) 2:48       
      Finale: Vivo (Entrance of the Gypsies) 0:44       
      Finale: Moderato (Entrance of the Old Gypsy) 2:46       
      Finale: Grave (Old Gypsy) 3:35       
      Finale: Lento lugubre - Alla marzia funebre (Aleko) 1:10       
  The Miserly Knight, Op. 24 (excerpts)          
      Scene III: Allegro vivace 1:55       
      Scene III: L'istesso tempo (Entrance of the Baron) 2:39       
      Scene III: Allegro 3:08       
      Scene III: Piu vivo 1:20       
      Scene III: Allegro vivace (Entrance of Albert) 2:12       
      Scene III: Vivo 2:33       
  Francesca da Rimini, Op. 25 (excerpts)          
      Scene II: Moderato 2:34       
      Scene II: Moderato (Duet) 2:27       
      Scene II: Moderato 1:29       
      Scene II: Moderato 2:26       
      Scene II: Lento 1:47       
      Scene II: Piu vivo 2:04       
      Scene II: Presto 2:33       
      Scene II: Moderato 1:53       
      Scene II: L'istesso tempo (Storm) 1:16       
      Scene II: Allegro vivace (Entrance of Lanceotto) 0:36       
      Epilogue: Piu vivo 1:29       
      Epilogue: L'istesso tempo 0:40       
      Epilogue: Presto 0:48       
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