Soem years ago I heard a duet sung to the melody of an adagio from Swan Lake. I
thought this to be a love duet from the discarded opera Undine. Can anyone
enlighten me if this is correct and has recordign ever been made? I
heard this on the radio some years ago but never noted the details.
Of course the piece may not be genuine.
No, your memory isn't playing tricks on you, John. Tchaikovsky
re-used some of his music for Undine (1869) in Swan Lake
(1875–76), and in the second act of the ballet, the
Andante non troppo section of the scene between Siegfried and Odette (in
G♭ major) served as the music to the final
duet of Undina and Huldbrand in the destroyed opera
Although the duet wasn't among the few fragments of full score
surviving from Undina,
Tchaikovsky's sketches for the scene have survived, and Vissarion
Shebalin used them to reconstruct the duet in 1958. This
reconstruction was recorded on LP in 1963 by Tamara Milashkina and
Evgenii Raikov with the All-Union Radio Symphony Orchestra of Moscow,
conducted by Evgenii Akulov, and it's almost certainly what you heard.
I'm not sure whether it was ever re-issued with the other "genuine"
extracts from Undina that were recorded at the same time, but hopefully someone else will let
us know whether that's the case....
I know the CD of Undine (Fragment from the Unfinished Opera in 3
USSR Radio Large Symphony Orchestra / Alexander Gauk, Conductor
3．Undine and Huldbrand’s Duet
4．Finale of Act 1
Undine: T.Milashkina, Soprano / Huldbrand: E.Raikov, Tenor Opera Chorus and the USSR TV and Radio Operatic and Symphonic
Yevgeni Akulov, Conductor
Thank you, Kenji. The piece in question is track 3, "Undine and
Huldbrand's Duet", which confirms that it has been re-released on CD.
Following an advice by Kenji Sugiyama, I have found the "Undina" CD
listed on the following webpage:
To my disappointment however, there is no link to the ordering
page. And so far I have been unable to acquire this CD.
Can someone help to find a website that advertises this CD for sale