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L. Desyatnikov: The Children of Rosenthal

 
L. Desyatnikov: The Children of Rosenthal-Opera-Opera & Vocal Collection
ID: MELCD1002432 (EAN: 4600317124329)  | 2 CD | ADD
Released in: 2016
LABEL:
Melodiya
Collection:
Opera & Vocal Collection
Subcollection:
Opera
Composers:
DESYATNIKOV, Leonid Arkadievich
Ensembles:
Soloists, choir and orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre
Conductors:
VEDERNICOV, Alexander
Other info:

Recorded in 2015
Firma Melodiya presents a recording of Leonid Desyatnikov’s opera The Children of Rosenthal.
It wouldn’t be an overstatement to say that the premiere of the opera (2005, staged by Eimuntas Nekrošius) became one of the most significant events of Russian musical culture of the 21st century. It was the first time when the Bolshoi Theatre commissioned a new opera from a contemporary composer. The “experiment,” a result of collaboration between Leonid Desyatnikov and writer Vladimir Sorokin, left a bright footmark in the history of the country’s major music theatre.
The composer has showed his worth in very different academic genres - opera, ballet, symphony, concerto and chamber music, and yet his style can hardly be defined and arbitrarily forced into a Procrustean bed of stylistic designations unless the composer doesn’t mind the term “post-modernism.”
The renowned music critic Alexander Matusevich named the opera a “musical and stage realization of the ideas of modern culture.” It’s a story of five great composers (Mozart, Verdi, Wagner, Tchaikovsky and Mussorgsky) cloned by German scientist Rosenthal who fled to the USSR. The composers find themselves amidst the social landscape of post-Soviet Russia. It’s a story that gives birth to a peculiar play upon styles without any direct citations and adoptions, but with numerous musical, dramatic and other analogies that are unmistakably recognizable by the listener and create a fanciful mosaic of senses with a pseudoironic implication.
The opera was recorded in 2015 by the soloists, choir and orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre of Russia led by Alexander Vedernikov, a chief conductor of the theatre in 2001 to 2009.
Tracklist
 

CD 1
DESYATNIKOV, Leonid Arkadievich (b. 1955) 
Act 1. Tableau 1 
Scene 1 
1. Ladies and gentlemen! May we please ask you… / Voice0:39 
2. Any living organism can be recreated… / Voice, Rosenthal, geneticists, 1st and 2nd colleagues8:45 
3. My comrades! Let us begin! / Rosenthal, Voice from a loudspeaker4:01 
4. Heiaha! Heiaha! / Geneticists, Rosenthal, 1st and 2nd colleagues2:10 
Scene 2 
5. Schlafst du, Wagner, mein Sohn? / Rosenthal, Wagner1:46 
6. I was sitting in the garden. The day was clear and calm / Wagner, Rosenthal7:21 
7. O damn it! Wagner has been having nightmares again... / Mussorgsky, Verdi, Tchaikovsky, Rosenthal, Wagner2:13 
8. A silent night the constellations have risen / Wagner, Tchaikovsky, Verdi, Mussorgsky, Rosenthal3:13 
Tableau 2 
9. Heavens above! I almost forgot the flowers! / Nanny1:33 
10. They are taking the little one on a steel mount! / Maids2:17 
11. Petrusha, is it you? You... Petrusha! / Nanny, Tchaikovsky4:03 
12. They are already here! / Tchaikovsky, Nanny, Rosenthal, duplicates, geneticists and servants1:36 
13. Bello bambino! / Verdi, Tchaikovsky, Wagner, Mussorgsky, Rosenthal, Nanny2:42 
14. Dances of the Dolls2:00 
15. Oh how delightful! / Tchaikovsky, Wagner, Rosenthal, Verdi, Mussorgsky5:02 
16. Comrades, is there any need for us to resurrect the writers, scientists, composers and philosophers of the past? / Stalin , geneticists, Khrushchev, Brezhnev, Andropov, Gorbachev, Yeltsin, duplicates, Rosenthal6:30 
17. Father! You have gone / Duplicates, Voice2:59 
Total time 

CD 2
Act 2. Tableau 3 
1. Hurry hither, hurry thither / Departing passengers, taxi drivers, refugee, card sharps, homeless man, prostitutes, street vendors5:26 
2. Gentlemen and sweet ladies! / Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, Mozart, Verdi, Wagner, Tanya, refugee, street vendor, sleeping car attendant, homeless man1:37 
3. Once in the mighty city, in Moscow, in the capital… / Mussorgsky, Wagner, Tchaikovsky, Mozart, Verdi4:53 
4. Anyone with a kopek to spare, ?ome forth! / Wagner, Mussorgsky, street vendors, taxi drivers, Tanya, Mozart4:30 
5. We shall go to the inn, and make merry there! / Mussorgsky, Wagner, Tchaikovsky, Verdi, chorus2:38 
Tableau 4. Scene 1 
6. Tatyana, quickly, give me your hand / Mozart, Tanya4:16 
7. It is time, my girl, it is time! Hard cash beckons, glistens! / Prostitutes, Tanya, Kela, Mozart2:30 
8. Stop! Fratello mio! Che cosa? / Verdi, Mozart, Tanya, Kela, prostitutes 1:44 
9. For twenty years, I guarded my father's watch / Verdi1:18 
10. She's free! She's free! / Prostitutes, Verdi0:50 
11. L'amor e libero e impetuoso, l'amor e santo e meraviglioso / Verdi, prostitutes, Mozart, Tanya4:26 
12. Curses! That retard has taken her off! / Kela1:41 
Scene 2 
13. Oh, splendid! That's what I call a celebration! / Mussorgsky, Verdi, Tchaikovsky, Wagner, Mozart2:02 
14. In the Crimea, in heavenly Livadia lives my aged mother / Tanya, Mozart5:02 
15. Viva! Viva! Viva! / Chorus, Mozart, Mussorgsky1:16 
16. One of these for the road and you won't feel a thing! / Kela, Mussorgsky, Tanya, Verdi2:09 
17. What a shame that our father did not live to... / Wagner, Tanya, Mozart, Mussorgsky, Tchaikovsky, Verdi2:46 
18. The withered little tree has not one little shoot / Mourners3:16 
Tableau 5 
19. Where am I? / Mozart, Voice3:25 
20. Out of the blue appeared a divinely beautiful swan… / Voice ?f Wagner, Voice ?f Tchaikovsky, Voice ?f Mussorgsky, Voice ?f Verdi, Voice of Tanya, Mozart4:36 
Total time 

 

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