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Rachmaninoff, Sergei

Francesca da Rimini (1900-05)

Duration: 67 minutes
Opera in two scenes with prologue and epilogue

Libretto by Modest Tchaikovsky after Dante's `Inferno' (R,E,G,I)

Scoring
S,2T,2Bar; chorus 3(III=picc).2.corA.2.bcl.2-4.3.3.1-timp.perc:cyms/BD/tam-t- harp-strings.
Abbreviations (PDF).


Territory
This work is available from Boosey & Hawkes for the world.



World Premiere
1/11/1906
Bolshoy Theatre, Moscow
Conductor: Sergei Rachmaninoff
Company: Bolshoy Opera

Roles

GHOST OF VIRGILBaritone
DANTETenor
LANCIOTTO MALATESTABaritone
FRANCESCASoprano
PAOLOTenor
CARDINALSilent role
Spectres of hell, retinues of Cardinal and Malatestachorus SATB


Time and Place
Rimini, 13th century


Synopsis

Making their way through the Circles of Hell, Dante and the ghost of Virgil come to a place of whirlwinds where they meet the spirits of those damned by lust. Here they meet Francesca and her lover Paolo and their story is retold. In life, Francesca is married to a great warrior, Lanceotto Malatesta. Lanceotto has had many successes in battle, but these bring him no joy, as he is tortured by jealousy and fear that his wife loves his younger brother Paolo, whom he had originally sent to woo Francesca on her father’s advice. Francesca had not realised Paolo was representing his older brother and had exchanged vows with the younger man believing she was to marry him. She now accepts she is Lanceotto’s wife, but cannot pretend to show him love. Lanceotto sets a trap. He announces he must leave for war, and commits his wife to his brother’s care. To entertain Francesca in her husband’s absence, Paolo reads her the story of Lancelot and Guinevere and, as he reads, connects the tale to their own situation. When he arrives at the point where Lancelot and Guinevere embrace and kiss, Francesca yields herself to him. At that moment, Lanceotto rushes in and stabs them both to death. As Dante and Virgil listen to the end of this story, the screams of the dying lovers mingle with the cries of all the other souls of the damned streaming past in the whirlwind. The two poets are left meditating on Francesca and Paolo’s refrain: ‘There is no greater sadness in the world than to remember a time of joy in a time of grief’.


Moods
Poetic, Romantic


Subjects
Relationships, Literary


Recommended Recording
Sergei Aleksashkin/Ilya Levinsky/Sergei Leiferkus/Maria Guleghina/Sergei Larin/Gothenburg Opera Chorus and Orchestra/Neeme Järvi
Deutsche Grammophon DG 453 455-2GH

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