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Michael Glinka: Ruslan and Ludmila - Albert Maslennikov (tenor); Alexandre Arkhipov (tenor); Bela Rudenko (soprano); Boris Morozov (bass);...
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  1. Ruslan and Lyudmila, opera in 5 acts, G. xiv
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There are numerous reasons to account for the rarity of performances of Glinka's Ruslan and Ludmila in the West: the demands of the music on soloists, chorus, and orchestra; the opera's outrageous scenic requirements; and a sprawling, episodic plot that gives scant attention to character development. The opera is loaded, though, with gorgeous music that's recognizably Russian but with a distinctly Italianate flavor and delicacy, deft, and lyrical vocal writing and exotically inventive orchestration. As a whole, this ...

Michael Glinka: Ruslan and Ludmila 2008, Melodiya

UPC: 4600317013463