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Rachmaninoff: The Miserly Knight

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Gianandrea Noseda

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The Miserly Knight, Op. 24  
1.1
Prelude
Sergei Rachmaninoff; Ildar Abdrazakov; Misha Didyk; Sergey Murzaev; Peter Bronder; Gennady Bezzubenkov; BBC Philharmonic Orchestra; Gianandrea Noseda
6:06
1.2
Scene 1: Albert: ‘Whatever happens, I shall appear at the tournament’ – Albert, Servant
Sergei Rachmaninoff; Ildar Abdrazakov; Misha Didyk; Sergey Murzaev; Peter Bronder; Gennady Bezzubenkov; BBC Philharmonic Orchestra; Gianandrea Noseda
4:46
1.3
Scene 1: Albert: ‘What has that idler Solomon to say?’ – Albert, Servant
Sergei Rachmaninoff; Ildar Abdrazakov; Misha Didyk; Sergey Murzaev; Peter Bronder; Gennady Bezzubenkov; BBC Philharmonic Orchestra; Gianandrea Noseda
1:32
1.4
Scene 1: Moneylender: ‘Your humble servant’ – Jew, Albert
Sergei Rachmaninoff; Ildar Abdrazakov; Misha Didyk; Sergey Murzaev; Peter Bronder; Gennady Bezzubenkov; BBC Philharmonic Orchestra; Gianandrea Noseda
5:39
1.5
Scene 1: Moneylender: ‘Yes, at the Baron’s funeral more money will flow than tears’ – Jew, Albert
Sergei Rachmaninoff; Ildar Abdrazakov; Misha Didyk; Sergey Murzaev; Peter Bronder; Gennady Bezzubenkov; BBC Philharmonic Orchestra; Gianandrea Noseda
2:49
1.6
Scene 1: Albert: ‘What? Poison my father!’ Albert, Jew
Sergei Rachmaninoff; Ildar Abdrazakov; Misha Didyk; Sergey Murzaev; Peter Bronder; Gennady Bezzubenkov; BBC Philharmonic Orchestra; Gianandrea Noseda
3:03
1.7
Scene 2: Baron: ‘Like the young libertine awaiting a meeting with some wily harlot’ – Baron
Sergei Rachmaninoff; Ildar Abdrazakov; Misha Didyk; Sergey Murzaev; Peter Bronder; Gennady Bezzubenkov; BBC Philharmonic Orchestra; Gianandrea Noseda
6:01
1.8
Scene 2: Baron: ‘Like some demon, from here I can rule the world!’ – Baron
Sergei Rachmaninoff; Ildar Abdrazakov; Misha Didyk; Sergey Murzaev; Peter Bronder; Gennady Bezzubenkov; BBC Philharmonic Orchestra; Gianandrea Noseda
1:54
1.9
Scene 2: Baron: ‘It doesn’t seem much, but of how many human cares’ – Baron
Sergei Rachmaninoff; Ildar Abdrazakov; Misha Didyk; Sergey Murzaev; Peter Bronder; Gennady Bezzubenkov; BBC Philharmonic Orchestra; Gianandrea Noseda
4:06
1.10
Scene 2: Baron: ‘Every time I start to open a chest’ – Baron
Sergei Rachmaninoff; Ildar Abdrazakov; Misha Didyk; Sergey Murzaev; Peter Bronder; Gennady Bezzubenkov; BBC Philharmonic Orchestra; Gianandrea Noseda
5:18
1.11
Scene 2: Baron: ‘But after me who will have possession of it?’
Sergei Rachmaninoff; Ildar Abdrazakov; Misha Didyk; Sergey Murzaev; Peter Bronder; Gennady Bezzubenkov; BBC Philharmonic Orchestra; Gianandrea Noseda
4:58
1.12
Scene 3: Albert: ‘Believe me, Sire, I have long suffered the shame of bitter poverty' – Albert, Duke
Sergei Rachmaninoff; Ildar Abdrazakov; Misha Didyk; Sergey Murzaev; Peter Bronder; Gennady Bezzubenkov; BBC Philharmonic Orchestra; Gianandrea Noseda
1:40
1.13
Scene 3: Duke: ‘Baron, I’m pleased to see you so hale and hearty’ – Duke, Baron, Albert
Sergei Rachmaninoff; Ildar Abdrazakov; Misha Didyk; Sergey Murzaev; Peter Bronder; Gennady Bezzubenkov; BBC Philharmonic Orchestra; Gianandrea Noseda
6:52
1.14
Scene 3: Baron: ‘You, here? You, here?’ Baron, Albert, Duke
Sergei Rachmaninoff; Ildar Abdrazakov; Misha Didyk; Sergey Murzaev; Peter Bronder; Gennady Bezzubenkov; BBC Philharmonic Orchestra; Gianandrea Noseda
4:04
Total Playing Time    58:48
"Four Stars. The strengths of this carefully recorded, well-cast set are above all its non-Russian conductor, masterly at pacing and responsive to orchestral colour ... strongly recommended." - BBC Music Magazine "Disc of the Month ... Noseda brings a verisimo-like passion to the music, compellingly building and releasing all the dramatic tension of Pushkin’s tragedy ... special credit should go to the depth of characterization offered by all of his chosen singers. Listening to a performance as committed as this, I simply can’t see how any music enthusiast could fail to be moved and engaged by such a neat and thrilling piece of musical storytelling." - Classic FM The BBC Philharmonic and its chief conductor Gianandrea Noseda continue an exploration of Rachmaninoff’s three one act operas with this recording of The Miserly Knight, arguably the finest of the three. While not prolific in the genre, the three short operas he did complete show that he had all the makings of a great opera composer. Opera is one of Noseda’s great musical passions and it is a genre he has explored very effectively with the BBC Philharmonic.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Chandos Studio Masters

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