YURI BUTSKO (b.1938): White Nights.
Catalogue Number: 05P081
Reference: MEL CD 10 02126
Description: White Nights is based on a story by Dostoyevsky, in which a young man 'Dreamer' falls in love with a girl who ultimately reunites with a previous suitor; 'Dreamer' is nonetheless content as the happiness that he experienced in her company is enough to light up his inner life. The story is told through a series of dramatic dialogues with orchestral interludes; the vocal writing is in a fully operatic lyrical-dramatic style, richly nuanced; the passage in the third scene in which the characters confess their feelings is passionate and powerful, while the orchestral part is generous and colorfully varied, distinctly if indefinably Russian in sound in the rich lineage that encompasses Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky and Shostakovich. The vocabulary is very tonal; more adventurous things were happening in the Soviet Union in 1968, but the music's relative conservatism of idiom is not inappropriate to the emotional extroversion of the story, and the writing is in every way highly accomplished. No libretto. Galina Pisarenko (soprano), Anatoly Mishchevsky (tenor), All-Union Radio and TV Large Symphony Orchestra; Gennady Rozhdestvensky (rec. 1973).