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Every two weeks, Alexander Street offers a free music download from our popular online music collection. This download is freely available, regardless of whether or not your library subscribes to the collection.

Prince Gremin's Aria from Eugene Onegin, by Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky

Russian composer Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky (1840–1893) composed nearly a dozen operas and Eugene Onegin or Yevgeny Onegin (Russian: Евгений Онегин) is one of his most famous. It is based on a verse novel of the same name by Russian writer Alexander Pushkin, and Tchaikovksy, who was very involved with the libretto, strove to maintain much of Pushkin’s poetry. 
 
This aria, “Lyubvi fse vozrastï pokornï” (“Love for all ages”), know commonly as Prince Gremin's aria, is presented in the third and final act of the opera. Prince Gremin has taken his wife Tatyana to a ball where they run into Eugene Onegin, whom Tatyana knew and loved before she married Prince Gremin. In this aria Prince Gremin, unaware of Onegin and Tatyana’s past, details the joy that meeting Tatyana has brought him, and how full his life is now that he has her. 
 
This recording is performed by Nicolaï Ghiaurov (1920–2004) with the Bulgarian Radio Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Vassil Stefanov. The role was premiered in Moscow by Vasiliy Makhalov and at the Bolshoi Theatre by Abram Abramov.

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