So, recently I purchased a fairly new recording by Russian Soprano, Anna Netrebko entitled "Russian Album" This is a fantastic album! Her voice is equisit and soars with ease up to the high range. It is just magical to listen to her sing this repertoire. She has teamed up with longtime mentor Valery Gergiev. The album was recorded at the historical Mariinsky Theatre. If you have any interest in Russian music or simply in GREAT SINGING - pick this up. It is worth it!
Sunday, July 27, 2008
From Italian to Russian
I am still in full Italian-mode - however for just a moment I want to talk Russian music! Last semester, I took a wonderful class about the Kuchka (the mighty handful). The Kuchka are a group of 5 leading Russian composers who were instrumental in the development of "Russian" music. They are Moussorgsky, Balakirev, Cui, Borodin, & Rimsky-Korsakov. I loved this class in part because I learned so many wonderful things about Russian music that I never knew. For instance, Russian music was greatly influenced by Italian opera - namely the work of Rossini and the like. Italian and French opera were huge in the development of Russian music.