“Prokofiev: Semyon Kotko, Op. 81”
|Sergei Sergeievitch Prokofiev||Semyon Kotko, Op. 81.|
Mikhail Kiselyov (Baritone), Nikolai Timchenko (Baritone), Gennady Troitsky (Baritone), Vladimir Zakharov (Baritone), Nikolai Panchekhin (Bass), Antonina Kleshchyova (Mezzo-Soprano), Tamara Yanko (Mezzo-Soprano), Tamara Antipova (Mezzo-Soprano), Tatiana Tugarinova (Soprano), Lyudmila Gelovani (Soprano), Nikolai Gres (Tenor).
Academic Choir of the USSR All-Union Radio.
Symphony Orchestra of the USSR All-Union Radio – Mikhail Zhukov.
Semyon Kotko” is one of the most rarely performed operas by Sergei Prokofiev. For a long time he had searched for a libretto: “I wanted living people with their passions, love, Sabine hate, joy and suffering, which arise from the new conditions”
The libretto was finally written from the novel “Ich, Sohn des Arbeitervolkes” by Valentin Katajew. The conductor Wsewolod Merhold, who was to conduct the premiere, became a victim of the Stalin terror. The premiere in Moscow in 1940 was nevertheless a great success with the public, although it was heavily criticised “from above”
The present recording was made in 1960 with soloists of the Moscov Opera, and the “All Union Radio Choir and Orchestra” under the direction of Mikhail Schukov.