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Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Sergei Taneyev - Oresteia Overture and Oresteia (Musical Trilogy)

Sergei Taneyev - Oresteia Overture and Oresteia (Musical Trilogy)



Oresteia Overture, Op. 6 (1889), Vladimir Ashkenazy, Helsinki Philarmonic

Oresteia (1887 - 1894), Tatiana Kolomizheva, Belorussian State Opera




- Act One, Scene One, 16:47
- Act One, Scene Two, 40:00
- Act One, Scene Three, 01:13:19
- Act Two, Scene One, 01:19:30
- Act Two, Scene Two, 01:33:27
- Act Three, Scene One, 02:10:38
- Act Three, Scene Two, 02:21:39
- Act Three, Scene Three, 02:33:22

Agamemnon, bass
Clytemnestra, contralto
Aegisthus, baritone
Cassandra, soprano
Elektra, soprano
Orestes, tenor
Apollo, baritone
Pallas Athena, soprano
Sentinel (Watchman), bass
Judge of the Areopagus, bass
Slave, bass

Oresteia (opera) 
Oresteia (Орестея in Cyrillic) is an opera in three parts, eight tableaux, by Sergei Taneyev, composed during 1887-1894. 
(Strictly speaking, the composer titled the work a "musical trilogy.") The Russian libretto was adapted by A.A. Wenkstern 
from the The Oresteia of Aeschylus. The opera was premiered on October 29 [O.S. October 17] 1895 at the Mariinsky Theatre. 
The most well-known excerpt from Oresteia is the entr'acte played before the second tableau of Part III, 
"The Temple of Apollo at Delphi." This passage, as well as other themes from the opera, figured into one of Taneyev's 
other works, namely, his orchestral overture entitled Oresteia (1889). This overture -- not included in the printed 
score of this opera -- constitutes a separate 18-minute-long symphonic poem based on themes from the trilogy.

Characters and Setting

Part I. Agamemnon
Agamemnon, king of Argos: bass 
Clytemnestra, his wife: alto 
Aegisthus, his first cousin: baritone 
Cassandra, a Trojan prisoner: soprano 
A Guard: bass 
People, female servants of Clytemnestra, warriors, captives, bodyguards. 
The action takes place in Argos, before the Atrides palace.

Part II. The Libation Bearers
Clytemnestra: alto 
Ghost of Agamemnon 
Elektra, daughter of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra: soprano 
Orestes, son of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra: tenor 
A Slave: bass 
Female servants of Clytemnestra 
Tableau 1: The interior of the Atrides palace.
Tableau 2: An olive grove.
Tableau 3: Scenery of Part I.

Part III. The Eumenides
Orestes: tenor 
Apollo Loxias: bariton 
Pallas Athena: soprano 
Areopagite: bass 
Libation-Bearer: bass 
Furies, Athenian people, areopagites participating in the pan-Athenian procession. 
Tableau 1: A deserted place on the seashore.
Tableau 2: Interior of Apollo's temple at Delphi.
Tableau 3: Athens.


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Oresteia Overture, Op. 6 (1889), Vladimir Ashkenazy, Helsinki Philarmonic Oresteia (1887 - 1894), Tatiana Kolomizheva, Belorussian State Opera 


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