Saturday Night at the Opera playlist for 09/08/2012

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Artist Title Album Label Link
Alexander Borodin On the Steppes of Central Asia Camarata/Kingsway Symphony Orchestra London
Alexander Borodin Prince Igor Chorus and Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theater, with Mark Ermler, director Melodiya
Alexander Pushkin Selections from "The Captive of the Caucasus," translated by Katya Hokanson Writing at Russia’s Borders University of Toronto Press

An exploration of 19th Century Russian artistic identity. Looking at the creations of Borodin and Pushkin, we examined questions of foreignness, Russianness, exoticism, and nationalistic hostility, all the while comparing the composer's opera, Prince Igor, to the author's extended poem, "The Captive of the Caucasus." Personnel for the opera: Ivan Petrov as Igor Svyatoslavich, Tatyana Tugarinova as Yaroslavna, Vladimir Atlantov as Vladimir Igoryevich, Artur Eisen as Vladimir Galitsky, Alexander Vedernikov as Konchak, and Yelena Obraztsova as Konchakovna.