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Rimsky-Korsakov's opera Christmas Eve was first mounted in St Petersburg in December 1895. It is based on a story by Gogol that had also served for an opera by Tchaikovsky. It was the latter's death in 1893 that opened the way for Rimsky-Korsakov to offer his own treatment of the tale, for which he wrote his own libretto, referring to the work as 'a carol come to life'. The witch Solokha, mother of the blacksmith Vakula, agrees with the Devil, angry at Vakula's caricature of him in an icon, to steal the moon, to prevent Vakula from wooing his beloved Oxana. In the moonless darkness confusion ensues in the village. Solokha, in search of a lover, entertains the Devil, hiding him in a sack when the village headman appears. He in turn is hidden in a sack when another visitor arrives, the parish clerk, to be hidden in a sack when Chub, Oxana's father, arrives, making for the Devil's sack as Vakula returns. Outside the hut carols are sung and Qxana mockingly challenges Vakula, who, unaware of their contents, has carried out the sacks and left them in the village street, to bring her the shoes of the Tsaritsa. Helped by the enforced assistance of the Devil, Vakula fulfils his mission, to be welcomed home once more by Oxana, anxious at his absence
A novel by Nikolay Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov | Read by Prunella Scales | NAXOS
Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov was a Russian composer, and a member of the group of composers known as The Five. He was a master of orchestration. His best-known orchestral compositions—Capriccio Espagnol, the Russian Easter Festival Overture, and the symphonic suite Scheherazade—are staples of the classical music repertoire, along with suites and excerpts from some of his 15 operas. Scheherazade is an example of his frequent use of fairy-tale and folk subjects.