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Russian Musicians in the Rotherhithe Shaft — Schumann, Tchaikovsky & Rimsky–Korsakov
Thu 6th Apr '17 - 19:30 - 21:00
Averina Galina, soprano
Aleksey Demchenko, piano
Song Cycles by
Frauenliebe und -leben.
– A Woman’s Love and Life (Op.24) is a cycle of poems by Adelbert von Chamisso, written in 1830. Selections were set to music as a song-cycle by masters of German Lied, the setting by Schumann is now the most widely known. There are eight poems in his cycle, together telling a story from the protagonist’s first meeting her love, through their marriage, to his death.
Robert Schumann’s Fantasiestücke, Op. 12, is a set of eight pieces for piano, written in 1837. The title was inspired by novellas of E. T. A. Hoffmann. Eusebius depicts the dreamer in Schumann while Florestan represents his passionate side. These two characters parlay with one another throughout the collection, ending self-reflectively with Eusebius in “Ende vom Lied”.
Operatic Arias by
P. I. Tchaikovsky
Iolanta’s ariozo from Iolanta
Iolanta, Op. 69, (Russian: Иоланта) is a lyric opera in one act by Pyotr Tchaikovsky. It was the last opera he composed. The libretto is based on a Danish play about the life of Yolande de Bar. The opera received its premiere on 18 December 1892 in Saint Petersburg.
Melting scene from “Snow Maiden”
The Snow Maiden (subtitle: A Spring Fairy Tale) (Russian: Снегурочка–Весенняя сказка) is an opera in four acts with a prologue by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, composed during 1880–1881. It remained the composer’s own favorite work. The Snow Maiden is a girl with a heart of ice whose very existence offends the Sun-God. Only when she learns to love, as her heart melts, will he be appeased and so bring about the arrival of summer.
Mad scene from “Tsar’s Bride”
First staged in 1899, The Tsar’s Bride is a reworking of Rimsky’s first opera The Maid of Pskov. It tells the story of Marfa, chosen as wife for the woman-eating Ivan the Terrible. But she is also pursued by Gryaznoy, who tries to woo her with a love potion – which is actually poison substituted by his jealous mistress.