Monna Vannan, Songs
Catalog: ODE 1249-2
Ashkenazy; Moscow Conservatory Opera Soloists; Moscow Conservatory Students Choir and Symphony Orchestra; Isokoski
Composed by: Rachmaninov, Sergei
Sergei Rachmaninov’s (1873-1943) rarely heard, unfinished opera Monna Vanna was the only major score he took with him into exile in the USA after the 1917 revolution. This new recording is based on Gennadi Belov’s new edition and conducted by an iconic artist and Russian music expert Vladimir Ashkenazy. The second part of this disc features Finnish soprano Soile Isokoski singing seven Rachmaninov songs (including the hauntingly beautiful Vocalise), accompanied on the piano by Mr. Ashkenazy.