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Tchaikovsky: Iolanta

By Bondarenko

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By Bondarenko, Cologne Opera Chorus, Golovneva, Guerzenich Orchestra of Cologne, Heuzenroeder, Kitajenko, Oetterli, Popov, Samborska, Schaechter, Sulimsky, Vinogradov, and Wryk. By Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893). Classical. 2 listening CDs. Oehms Classics #OC 963. Published by Oehms Classics (NX.OC-963).

Item Number: NX.OC-963

In Tchaikovsky's final opera, the king's blind daughter Iolanta gains her sight because she falls in love - although the whole thing is actually a bit more complicated - Tchaikovsky composed the music for Iolanta, Op. 69, to a libretto by brother Modest, during the second half of 1891. The Imperial Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg commissioned two pieces using fairytale motives to be performed on the same evening - a one act opera and a ballet; the latter was to become his famous Nutcracker ballet. Dmitrij Kitajenko leads the Gurzenich Orchestra in this live Koln Opera production.

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