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VERSTOVSKY, Aleksey Nikolayevitch - Composers

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Composer: VERSTOVSKY, Aleksey Nikolayevitch ((1799-1862))
His/her music:
Verstovsky wrote numerous songs to the words of many famous poets, which he knew personally. He was also a prolific composer of vaudevilles, a genre which he helped to its popularity. More important are his six opera's, which include his masterpiece Askold's Grave. This is a romantic opera with spoken dialogue on a subject from Russia's history. It received its first performance in 1835, a year before Glinka's A Life for the Tsar. The influence of Weber's Freischütz (first Russian performance in 1824), although obvious, is often exaggerated. Askold's Grave had about 600 performances in Tsarist Russia, not counting the provincial theatres. It even reached New York in 1869, as the first Russian opera performed in the United States. The part of the Unknown was one of Fyodor Shalyapin's big successes. Indeed, he made his debut as an 18-year old (1891) in this role.
Askold's Grave has been recorded recently (CSN 810015).



Sources:
My main sources, besides the usual handbooks, were
Keldysh, Yu. V., Istoriya Russkoy Muzyki, 1948. Tom 1, p. 345-368.
O.E. Levasheva in , Istoriya Russkoy Muzyki ed. by N.V. Tumanina, 1957. Tom 1, p. 216-234.
G. Abraham, The Operas of Alexei Verstovsky, 19-th Century Music, 7(1983) no. 3, 326-335.
M. Shcherbakova, Introduction to piano score of Askold's Grave, 1983.

Bibliography:
Dobrokhotov, B., A.N. Verstovsky, Zhizn', Teatral'naya Deyatelnost', Opernoye Tvorchestvo, Moscow/Leningrad, 1949 (not available to me).

His/her life:
(His birth and death dates on the Julian calender are 1 March 1799 and 17 September 1862.)
Introduction
Verstovsky was the composer of Askold's Grave, the most popular Russian opera of the nineteenth century.
Life
Aleksey Verstovsky was born as son of a wealthy landowner, who employed his own orchestra. Already as a child he was very keen on music and after his family moved to Ufa in 1808, he was able to take lessons. In 1816 he went to St. Petersburg to study engineering, which he practised for a few years as a civil servant. However, he did continue taking music lessons (one of his teachers was John Field) and in 1819 he made a succesful debut as a composer of theatre music. In 1823 he moved to Moscow, were he served in the office of governor-general D.V. Golytsyn. Two years later Verstovsky was appointed inspector of the Moscow theatres, of which he became director in 1848. He served in this function till his retirement in 1860, always busy composing works for the theatre. Verstovsky's works were often performed and had a stronger influence on following generations of Russian composers than they cared to admit.

Alexei Ivanov, baritone - Opera Arias and Scenes - Rubinstein - Rubinstein - Mussorgsky - Borodin and etc...

Alexei Ivanov, baritone - Opera  Arias and Scenes - Rubinstein - Rubinstein - Mussorgsky - Borodin and etc...
ID: AQVR251-2
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Vocal and Opera Collection
Subcollection: Voices and Orchestra

Symphony orchestra of All-Ussr Radio, conductor V.Smirnov (1)
Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theater, conductors: V.Nebolssine (2-4, 10, 12-14), A.Melik-Pashaev (5,8), K.Kondrashin (6), L.Steinberg (7), A.Orlov (9, 11).

Years of recording: 1940 (7), 1945 (9,11), 1947 (13, 14), 1948 (1, 10, 12), 1949 (6), 1950 (3, 5) , 1952 (2, 4)
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Dargomyzhsky - "Esmeralda" - Choir & orchestra of the All-Union Radio -O. Bron

Dargomyzhsky - "Esmeralda" - Choir & orchestra of the All-Union Radio -O. Bron
ID: AQVR325-2
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Collection: Opera Collection
Subcollection: Voice, Piano and Orchestra

Opera in 3 acts (montage)
Libretto by Victor Hugo after novel "Notre-Dame de Paris"
translation in Russian by A.Dargomyzhsky, A.Bashutsky, N.Aksel (Lindforce)

Cast of characters:
Esmeralda, gypsy, street dancer....................................Galina Sakharova (soprano)
Phoebus de Chatoper, captain of Royal riflemans........Anatoly Orfenov (tenor)
Claude Frollo, archdeacon of Notre-Dame de Paris.....Vladimir Zakharov (baritone)
Quasimodo, bell-ringer.................................................Konstantin Polyaev (bass)
Fleur-de-Lys.................................................................Alexandra Yakovenko (soprano)

Choir & orchestra of the All-Union Radio -O. Bron
Recorded in 1950


EXTRAS:
Anatoly Orfenov sings: opera arias from "Couchers on relay" by E.Fomin,
"Mr. Tvardovsky" by A.Verstovsky, "Lesta, Dnieper's mermaid" by S.Davydov,
"Eurianthe" by K.M.von Weber, "The Jealous Lover" by A.Gretri,
"Treason" by M.Ippolitov-Ivanov, "Les pecheurs de perles" by G.Bizet,
romances & songs by M.Yakovlev, N.Ogarev, V.Andreev, P.Bulakhov, F.Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (-50 minutes)

Recorded in: 1947 (21), 1948 (16, 17, 19), 1949 (20), 1950 (9, 11), 1951 (18),
1952 (10, 12), 1967 (13-15)
Moscow symphony orchestra (9), The All-Union Radio Committee orchestra (10-12),
Russian folk Instruments orchestra (16),
Russian folk Instruments orchestra of the All-Union radio and Television (13-15),
The Ensemble of soloists of the All-Union Radio Committee (17)
Conductors: Sergey Gorchakov (9), Onissim Bron (10, 12), Victor Smirnov (11), Pyotr Alexeev (16), Vladimir Fedoseev (13-15)
Piano: Olga Tomina (18), David Gaklin (19, 20), Naum Walter (21)
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Sergei Lemeshev, tenor - "Opera Arias" - Tchaikovsky - Napravnik - Arensky - Verdi, and etc…

Sergei Lemeshev, tenor - "Opera Arias" - Tchaikovsky - Napravnik - Arensky - Verdi, and etc…
ID: AQVR343-2
CDs: 5
Type: CD
Collection: Vocal and Opera Collection
Subcollection: Voice, Piano and Orchestra

CD1: Lemeshev "Opera Arias: 1928 - 1936 recordings" (AQVR 284-2)
Rimsky-Korsakov, Tchaikovsky, Napravnik, Arensky, Verdi, Puccini,
Massenet, Leoncavallo, Gounod, Borodin a.o.
CD2: Lemeshev "Opera Arias: 1937 - 1940 recordings" (AQVR 281-2)
Flotov, Meyerber, Grechaninov, Tchaikovsky, Massenet, Bizet,
Dargomyzhsky, Serov, Thomas, Poncielli, Verdi a.o.
CD3: Lemeshev "Opera Arias: 1940 - 1948 recordings" (AQVR 285-2)
Verstovsky, Rachmaninov, Delibes, Verdi, Gounod, Monyuszko,
Arensky, Tchaikovsky, Massenet a.o.
CD4: Lemeshev "Opera Arias: 1948 - 1952 recordings" (AQVR 282-2)
Glinka, Rubinstein, Flotov, Borodin, Wagner, Verdi, Puccini, Donizetti a.o.
CD5: Lemeshev "Opera Arias: 1953 - 1956 recordings" (AQVR 283-2)
Rossini, Verdi, Arensky, Tchaikovsky, Ober, Thomas, Massenet,
Monyuszko, Leoncavallo, Kabalevsky a.o.


CD1: (AQVR 284-2) - Lemeshev "Opera Arias: 1928 - 1936 recordings"
Composers: Rimsky-Korsakov, Tchaikovsky, Napravnik, Arensky, Verdi, Puccini, Massenet, Leoncavallo, Gounod, Borodin etc...
Orchestra of Russian opera in Kharbin, conductor Y.Pozen (1-8); an orchestra of the Bolshoi theatre, conductors L.Steinberg (13-19), A.Melik-Pashaev (22), A.Orlov (23); solo on a violin - A.Shilo (22)
Piano: A.Slutsky (9), A.Makarov (11, 12, 20, 21)

CD2: (AQVR 281-2) - Lemeshev "Opera Arias: 1937 - 1940 recordings" (AQVR 281-2)
Flotov, Meyerber, Grechaninov, Tchaikovsky, Massenet, Bizet,
Dargomyzhsky, Serov, Thomas, Poncielli, Verdi a.o.
Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra
Conductor: L. Steinberg (3-6, 8, 9), A.Orlov (1, 2, 7, 15-19), A Melik-Pashaev (13, 14), A. Tchugunov (20, 21)
Year of recording: 1937 (7), 1938 (8, 9), 1939 (5, 6), 1940 (1-4, 10-21)

CD3: (AQVR 285-2) - Lemeshev "Opera Arias: 1940 - 1948 recordings"
Verstovsky, Rachmaninov, Delibes, Verdi, Gounod, Monyuszko, Arensky, Tchaikovsky, Massenet, etc…
Irina Maslennikova - soprano (15)
An orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre (1, 6, 7, 13-22), an All-Union Radio Committee's orchestra (2-5, 8-12)
conductors: V.Nebolsin (1, 14-17, 19, 21, 22), A.Orlov (2-5, 8-10, 13), K.Kondrashin (6, 7), M.Zhukov (11, 12), S.Sakharov (18), A.Melik-Pashaev (20)
recorded in: 1940 (1-2), 1943 (6, 7), 1944 (8), 1945 (3, 4, 9-13), 1946 (5, 14-19), 1947 (21, 22), 1948 (20)

CD4: (AQVR 282-2) - Lemeshev "Opera Arias: 1948 - 1952 recordings"
Glinka, Rubinstein, Flotov, Borodin, Wagner, Verdi, Puccini, Donizetti, etc…
Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra
Conductor: A Melik-Pashaev (1 - 4), V. Nebolsin (5 - 12), S. Sakharov (13, 14),
M. Zhukov (15 -18)
Year of recording: 1948 (1 -4) 1949 (8 - 12) 1951 (13 - 14) 1952 (15 - 17)

CD5: (AQVR 283-2) - Lemeshev "Opera Arias: 1953 - 1956 recordings"
Rossini, Verdi, Arensky, Tchaikovsky, Ober, Thomas, Massenet,Monyuszko, Leoncavallo, Kabalevsky, etc…
Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra
Conductor: S. Samosud (1, 17), V. Nebolsin (3-5), B.Khaikin (6-16), A Melik-Pashaev (18)
Harp: L. Mnyzhina (2)
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Sergei Lemeshev, tenor -"Concert from the Columned hall of the House of the Unions on November 29, 1948"

Sergei Lemeshev, tenor -"Concert from the Columned hall of the House of the Unions on November 29, 1948"
ID: AQVR346-2
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Vocal and Opera Collection
Subcollection: Voice, Piano and Orchestra

Piano: A.Makarov (1-19)
S.Lemeshev, M.Maksakova, A.Ivanov, D.Gamrekeli, M.Mikhailov, Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra, conductor K. Ivanov (20-23)
The Variety Orchestra of All-Union Radio, conductor V. Knushevitsky (24)
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Verstovsky Aleksey - Gromoboy (opera montage)

Verstovsky Aleksey - Gromoboy (opera montage)
ID: AQVR347-2
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Collection: Opera Collection
Subcollection: Voice, Piano and Orchestra

New russian text: Mikhail Artsybashev. 1950 recording

Gromoboy ..........................Alexey Korolev (bass)
Rogneda ............................Olga Pyotrovskaya (soprano)
Vseslav ..............................Dmitry Tarkhov (tenor)
Cheshko .............................Anton Tkachenko (tenor)
Milasha ........................... ..Claudia Konstantinova (soprano)
Frelaf .................................Alexander Tikhonov (baritone)
Sven ...................................Trophim Antonenko (bass)
Old Man .............................Alexander Polyakov (baritone)
Herald ................................Pavel Pontryagin (tenor)

Choir and orchestra of the USSR Radio.
Conductor: Gennady Katz
cello solo in Rogneda's aria - M.Tsimbalist
Narrator - Alexander Kiselev

Bonus tracks:
Naum Walter, piano (6, 7, 9-14), Sofia Kiseleva, soprano (12)
Pavel Lisitsian, baritone (16, 17), Vladimir Zakharov, baritone (15),
Men’s choir of All-Union Radio (8), orchestra of the All-Union Radio Committee,
conductors: Samuil Samosud (15), Onissim Bron (16, 17)
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A. RUBINSTEIN - Verdi - Rachmaninov - Sergei Lemeshev, tenor - Recitals (1948-1954)

A. RUBINSTEIN - Verdi - Rachmaninov - Sergei Lemeshev, tenor - Recitals (1948-1954)
ID: AQVR365-2
CDs: 5
Type: CD
Collection: Vocal Recital
Subcollection: Voice, Piano and Orchestra

CD1: AQVR346-2 - Lemeshev "Concert from the Columned hall of the House of the Unions on November 29, 1948"
CD2: AQVR357-2 - Lemeshev "Concert from the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatorium on April 23, 1949"
CD3: AQVR362-2- Lemeshev "Concert from the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatorium on December 19, 1950"
CD4: AQVR363-2 - Lemeshev "Concert from the Columned Hall of the House of the Unions on February 8, 1954"
CD5: AQVR364-2 - Lemeshev "Concert from the Columned Hall of the House of the Unions on October 18, 1954"


CD1: AQVR346-2 -
Lemeshev "Concert from the Columned hall of the House of the Unions on November 29, 1948"
Piano: A.Makarov (1-19)
S.Lemeshev, M.Maksakova, Al.Ivanov, D.Gamrekeli, M.Mikhailov, Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra, conductor K. Ivanov (20-23)
The Variety Orchestra of All-Union Radio, conductor V. Knushevitsky (24)

CD2: AQVR357-2
Lemeshev "Concert from the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatorium on April 23, 1949"
Presenter - Michael Balaksheev
Piano: N. Walter. (1-14), A. Makarov (16-18), S. Stuchevsky (15, 19-20)
Orchestra of Folk Instruments, conductor D. Osipov (21)
Folk instruments ensemble, conductor S. Gorchakov (22)
Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra, conductor K. Kondrashin (23)
Recorded in: 1939 (15), 1947 (16-18, 21, 22), 1948 (23), 04.04.1950, from the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatorium (19, 20)

CD3: AQVR362-2
Lemeshev "Concert from the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatorium on December 19, 1950"
Piano: A. Makarov (1-16), N. Mironov (17-20), unknown (21-24)
Presenters: Mikhail Balaksheev (1-16, 21-24), Valentina Solovyeva (17-20)

CD4: AQVR363-2
Lemeshev "Concert from the Columned Hall of the House of the Unions on February 8, 1954"
Piano - Semion Stuchevsky
Presenter - Valentina Solovyeva

CD5: AQVR364-2
Lemeshev "Concert from the Columned Hall of the House of the Unions on October 18, 1954"
Piano - Semion Stuchevsky
Presenter - Valentina Solovyeva
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A. ARENSKY - A. ALYABYEV - M. BALAKIREV - Russian Romances - V. Zakharov, baritone

A. ARENSKY - A. ALYABYEV - M. BALAKIREV - Russian Romances - V. Zakharov, baritone
ID: AQVR409-2
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Russian Romance
Subcollection: Vocal and Piano

Piano: Georg Orentlicher (1-12, 14-31), Nikolay Reznikov (13)
Recorded in: 1941 (13), 1948 (15-17, 28), 1950 (11, 12, 20, 26, 29-31),
1951 (2, 3, 5-7, 14, 18, 19, 21-25, 27), 1952 (1, 4), 1960 (8-10)
From the collection of K. Vershinin (13)
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Pushkin to The Music Of His Time - M.Philippova, mezzo-soprano - I. Mikhailov, piano

Pushkin to The Music Of His Time - M.Philippova, mezzo-soprano  - I. Mikhailov, piano
ID: IMLCD008
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Russian Romance
Subcollection: Vocal and Piano

14.00 eur Buy

A.N. VERSTOVSKY - Musical Entertainment in Moscow - Marina Philippova, mezzo-soprano

A.N. VERSTOVSKY - Musical Entertainment in Moscow - Marina Philippova, mezzo-soprano
ID: IMLCD080
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Vocal and Opera Collection

Romances, ballads, songs, excerpts fromoperas, dramas and vaudevilles.

Marina Philippova, mezzo-soprano
Irina Donskaya, harp (2, 3, 9, 10, 12-14)
Dmitry Barbashin, piano (4, 5, 11, 15, 16)
Konstantin Ilgin, guitar (6-8, 17)
Alexandr Yasnev, guitar (6-8, 17)
Alexandr Kiskachi, flute (1)
Dmitry Makhovikov, clarinet (1, 18)
Valentin Malinov, double-bass (1, 18)

Nevsky string quartet (1, 18):
Tatiana Razumova, 1st string
Svetlana Grinfeld, 2nd violin
Vladimir Bistritsky, viola
Dmitry Khrychev, cello
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Romances and songs Vol. 2 - Sophia Preobrazhenskaya, mezzo-soprano

Romances and songs Vol. 2 - Sophia Preobrazhenskaya, mezzo-soprano
ID: IMLCD082
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Russian Romance
Subcollection: Voice and Trio

Instrumental Trio: V. Parashin, violin; N. Posen, alto; F. Grieben, piano
13.00 eur Buy

 
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