Aleko Concert - Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg, Russia - October, 2 – Iconic Arts
Aleko Concert - Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg, Russia - October, 2016 (Digital Video or Audio)

Aleko Concert - Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg, Russia - October, 2016 (Digital Video or Audio)

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Title: Aleko (Concert)
Composer: Sergei Rachmaninoff
Date: October 15, 2016
Location: Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg, Russia
Language: Russian
Subtitles: None
Media Download Available: Digital Video (DVD) and Digital Audio (CD)
Quality: Excellent/Professional
  • Aleko: Sergei Leiferkus 
  • Young Gypsy: Sergei Skorokhodov 
  • Zemfira: Anna Markarova 
  • Old Gypsy: Sergei Aleksashkin 
  • Old Gypsy Woman: Nadezhda Vassilieva
  • The Mariinsky Chorus and Orchestra 
  • Principal Chorus Master: Andrei Petrenko 
  • Musical Preparation: Marina Mishuk 
  • Conductor: Alexander Polyanichko

Musical Director: Valery Gergiev
Director: Mariusz Trelinski 
Production Designer: Boris Kudlička
Costume Designer: Magdalena Musial

Aleko, composed in 1892, was Rachmaninoff´s graduation work for the Moscow Conservatoire. The complex conditions for writing the opera (the pre-prepared libretto was by Vladimir Ivanovich Nemirovich-Danchenko after Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin´s poem The Gypsy; nothing could be altered and there was a time limit – just one month could be spent on the score) did not prevent the young composer from becoming truly engaged in the subject. As Rachmaninoff later recalled, his opera drew Tchaikovsky´s attention and Tchaikovsky´s influence in Russia´s music circles was so great that at his advice the young composer´s opera was accepted for production by the Bolshoi Theatre. The premiere took place on 27 April 1893. After the stunning success of the opera, Tchaikovsky asked Rachmaninoff if he would agree to a combined production of Iolanta and Aleko at the Bolshoi Theatre in autumn the same year, but Tchaikovsky´s unexpected death prevented this plan from coming to fruition.