Vladimir Jurowski conducts Rachmaninov’s dark setting of Alexander Pushkin’s ‘little tragedy’ with an outstanding performance from Sergei Leiferkus in the role written for the great Russian bass Fyodor Chaliapin.
Rachmaninov’s dramatically brooding score – beautifully recorded in an atmospheric surround sound – portrays the miser consumed by the power of his glinting gold, as it pushes him to his ultimate collapse.
Sung in Russian with English, French, German, Spanish and Italian subtitles
With the London Philharmonic Orchestra
"…an inspired piece of programming...Sergei Leiferkus was utterly compelling in the title role...he delivered an appropriately mean performance" - Opera
"…the magnificent Sergei Leiferkus…takes this rather thrilling symphonic fantasy into the realms of true opera." - The Independent Review
"...a mouth-watering double bill of one-act operas by Rachmaninov and Puccini. The London Philharmonic was in scintillating form in both pieces." - musicomh.com
"Urgently recommended." - International Record Review
"... opening with a magnificently ominous prelude, superbly played by the London Philharmonic Sergei Leiferkus is strong and seasoned performer … Annabel Arden’s staging was rich in subfusc atmosphere." - The Daily Telegraph
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