Tchaikovsky: The Snow Maiden – Incidental Music

COMPOSERS: Tchaikovsky
LABELS: Chandos
WORKS: The Snow Maiden – Incidental Music
PERFORMER: Irina Mishura-Lekhtman (mezzo-soprano), Vladimir Grishko (tenor)University Musical Society Choral Union, Detroit SO/Neeme Järvi
CATALOGUE NO: CHAN 9324 DDD
Ostrovsky’s fantastical and spectacular play The Snow Maiden is known in the West largely through Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera, but it was Tchaikovsky who provided the incidental music at its first performance in 1873. His score is remarkable for its extensive use of folksong and also for its joyful facility, which is ably expressed by the Detroit SO under Järvi and through the enthusiasm of the large chorus. Mishura-Lekhtman and Grishko are persuasively idiomatic in the songs. William Humphreys-Jones

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