Ivan the Simpleton (Cui)  (Demyanov, Muratova, Matveev, Polyaev)   (Aquarius AQVR 415)
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Ivan the Simpleton (Cui)  (Demyanov, Muratova, Matveev, Polyaev)   (Aquarius AQVR 415)
OP3326. IVAN THE SIMPLETON (César Cui), a Singspiel, recorded 1949, w. Sherman Cond. All-Union Radio Folk Ensemble; Daniil Demyanov, Zoya Muratova, Matvei Matveev, Konstantin Polyaev, etc. [An opera-fairytale for children in three tableaux, by César Cui, composed in 1913. The libretto was written by Nadezhda Nikolaevna Dolomanova, using Russian folk tales. Although the story is usually considered a children's fairy tale, it is also used as an indication of Tolstoy's political leanings in support of Christianity. Though his brothers are easily tempted by money and military power, unsophisticated Ivan, with his simple way of life, defeats the treacherous devil. Ivan eventually becomes the ruler of the country despite the lack of a standing army or currency. All of the citizens are welcome at Ivan's table, where workers are fed first and intellectuals (those without calluses on their hands) have to eat the leftovers] (Russia) Aquarius AQVR 415, w.Libretto in English. - 4607123632178