Saturday, March 17, 2012

Israel Philharmonic: Glinka's Ruslan & Ludmila—'Overture'

Israel Philharmonic Orchestra performs from Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka's Ruslan and Ludmila — "Overture," Paavo Järvi conducting in Tel Aviv, Israel, in 2001.


The Overture is the most well-known and -played piece from Ruslan and Ludmila (or Ruslan and Lyudmila), an opera in five acts that Mikhail Glinka [1804-1857] completed in 1842. Valerian Shirkov, Nestor Kukolnik and N. A. Markevich all contributed to the Russian libretto. The opera itself is based on the 1820 poem of the same name by a 20-year-old Alexander Pushkin, whose death by duel, in 1837, prevented him from writing the libretto. It made its opening debut at the Bolshoi Theatre in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on November 27, 1842. (The synopsis can be found here.)

It is noteworthy that the reconstructed Bolshoi Theatre  in Moscow, Russia, offered as its first operatic staging (November 2011) a highly sensual and modern production of the classic tale in three acts. (You can read a review from the Financial Times here.)

Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka [ 1804-1857]:  Glinka during the composition of the opera "Ruslan and Ludmila;"this was painted 30 years after Glinka's death.
Artist Credit:
Ilya Repin (1844-1930): Painted in 1887:  Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow
Source: Wikipedia 

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