Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Bol'shoy

I'm so accustomed to seeing Bolshoi that it was a nice change to see it this way.

From a wonderful book about choral repertoire, the section on Rachmaninoff:

In the meantime, he continued to conduct, leading the Bol'shoy Theater between 1904 and 1906 and touring the United States in 1909.

Interestingly the author didn't go with Bol'shoy Teatr.

Sometime I'd like to hear the children's poems Rachmaninoff set to music, Six Choruses for Women's of Children's Voices with piano accompaniment, Op. 15. According to the book, they include poems about "a lonely pine tree that dreams of a far-off kingdom" and "a caged nightingale that does not sing until released." I wonder how often they're performed in Russia.

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