Esmeralda  (Dargomyzhsky)   (Bron;  Orfenov, Sakarova, Sakharov, Polyaev, Yakovenko)   (2-Aquarius AQVR 325)
Item# OP1823
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Esmeralda  (Dargomyzhsky)   (Bron;  Orfenov, Sakarova, Sakharov, Polyaev, Yakovenko)   (2-Aquarius AQVR 325)
OP1823. ESMERALDA (Dargomyzhsky), recorded 1950, w.Bron Cond. Moscow Radio Ensemble; Anatoli Orfenov, Galina Sakarova, Vladimir Sakharov, Konstantin Polyaev, Alexandra Yakovenko, etc.; ANATOLI ORFENOV: Romances & Songs by Yakovlev, Ogarev, Andreev, Bulakhov & Mendelssohn; Arias from THE COACHMEN AT THE RELAY STATION (Yevstigney Fomin), Pan Tvardovsky (Alexey Verstovsky), Lesta, a Dnieper Mermaid (Stepan Davydov), Treason (Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov), Euryanthe (von Weber), L'amant jaloux (Gretry) & Les Pêcheurs de Perles (Georges Bizet) - recorded 1947-67, partially live. The ORFENOV recital, particularly the sublime Ippolitov-Ivanov aria from TREASON, is worth the price of the entire set! (Russia) 2-Aquarius AQVR 325. - 4607123630716

CRITIC REVIEWS:

“Alexander Sergeyevich Dargomyzhsky) was a 19th-century Russian composer who bridged the gap in Russian opera composition between Mikhail Glinka and the later generation of The Five and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. He was already known as a talented musical amateur when in 1833 he met Mikhail Glinka and was encouraged to devote himself to composition. His opera ESMERALDA (libretto by composer, based on Victor Hugo's THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME) was composed in 1839 (performed 1847), and his RUSALKA was performed in 1856.”



“In 1933 Orfenov found himself in a choir of Opera Theatre Studio under the direction of Stanislavski and a year after that he was a soloist of the Theater. In 1942 Orfenov began his career at the Bolshoi Theater, where he sang up to 1955. From 1950 he was engaged in teaching, as a lecturer in the Gnesin Musical-Pedagogical Institute (1950-1971), in Bolshoi Theatre (1963-1969), Cairo Conservatory (1971-1973), and Bratislava Conservatory (1974-1980). In 1980 to 1984 he was a director of the opera group of the Bolshoi.”

- Z. D. Akron