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Nespyashchikh solntse, grustnaya zvezda 'Sun of the sleepless', Op 41 No 1

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Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908) is best known as the composer of operas, including The Snow Maiden and The Golden Cockerel, as well as symphony poems like Scheherazade and Capriccio Espagnol, but his song output was considerable, numbering more than eighty, and the three represented here are settings after Byron. His 1897 setting Sun of the sleepless, composed during one of the most productive years of his career, is to a text by Count Alexei Tolstoy and was dedicated to a friend, Nikolai Shtrup. This elegiac song of regret is the work of the composer at the peak of his creativity.

from notes by Edward Morgan © 2001


English Poets, Russian Romances


Track 6 on CDA67274 [2'08]

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