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Opera Collection, page 20

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P.I. Tchaikovsky - Cherevichki (The Slippers) - Bolshoi Theatre Choir and Orchestra - A. Melik-Pashayev

P.I. Tchaikovsky -  Cherevichki (The Slippers) - Bolshoi Theatre Choir and Orchestra - A. Melik-Pashayev
ID: MELCD1002129
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Collection: Opera Collection
Subcollection: Choir and Orchestra

Soloists: Georgy Nelepp (Vakula), Elizaveta Antonova (Solokha), Andrei Ivanov (Devil), Maxim Mikhailov (Chub), Elena Kruglikova (Oksana), Sergei Krasovsky (Pan Golova), Fyodor Godovkin (Panas), Alexandr Peregudov (Schoolmaster), Olga Insarova (Tsarina), Alexei Ivanov (His Highness), I Ionov (Master of Ceremonies), Veniamin Shevtsov (Attendant), Ivan Sipayev ( Old Cossack), Mikhail Skazin (Wood Goblin)

Bolshoi Theatre Choir and Orchestra, Alexander Melik-Pashayev


Firma Melodiya presents a recording of a wonderful but now so rarely performed lyric and comic opera - Tchaikovsky’s Cherevichki.

The opera was initially named 'Vakula the Smith'. In 1874, Tchaikovsky won a competition announced by the Russian Music Society for the best opera to a libretto by Yakov Polonsky based on the famous story 'Christmas Eve' by Nikolai Gogol from his collection 'Evenings on a Farm near Dikanka'. However, Tchaikovsky was left displeased with his piece and reworked it in 1887. The opera was then staged at the Bolshoi Theatre, and the first night of Cherevichki became Tchaikovsky’s debut as a conductor.

Gogol was one of Tchaikovsky’s favourite authors. The composer liked to stay in the Ukraine, in his sister’s manor Kamenka. Tchaikovsky brought to life the characters from Gogol’s story, their lives, legends and emotions, with the help of folk tunes, dance rhythms and expressive lyric intonations. The opera also has a gallant intermezzo - the scene at St Petersburg court in the 18th century which also attracted the composer in a later opera, 'The Queen of Spades'.

This recording of Cherevichki was realized in the late 1940s by the Bolshoi troupe led by the outstanding conductor Alexander Melik-Pashayev and featured some of the best performers of the Bolshoi of the time, such as Elena Kruglikova, Elizaveta Antonova, Georgy Nelepp, Andrei Ivanov, Maxim Mikhailov and others.
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Rimsky-Korsakov - Mlada (Orchestra and Chorus of the Bolshoi Theatre)

Rimsky-Korsakov - Mlada (Orchestra and Chorus of the Bolshoi Theatre)
ID: VLD131
CDs: 1
Type: DVD
Collection: Opera Collection

Nina Ananiashvili (Mlada - Dancer), Oleg Kulko (Yaromir), Makvala Filimonova Kasrashvili (Voislava), Gleb Nikolsky (Mstivoy), Galina Borisova (Morena), Anton Djaparidze (Priest), Elena Zaremba (Lumir), Vladimir Kudriashov (Novogrodian), Nina Lebendeva (His wife), Yuri Statnik (Mayor), Vladimir Bukin (A Moor)

Orchestra and Chorus of the Bolshoi Theatre, Alexander Lazarew

Region Code: 0, Plays in all territories, NTSC
Color mode: Colour
Screen (Picture) 4:3
Sound Format: Dolby Digaital
Time: 158 min.
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F.Farkas - Platzkonzert - J.Strauss - Dei Listigen Studenten

 F.Farkas - Platzkonzert - J.Strauss - Dei Listigen Studenten
ID: VLD139
CDs: 1
Type: DVD
Collection: Opera Collection

Farkas: The Sly Students

The Sly Students was premiered in 1949 and is a typical tale. The Professor of the local college intends his daughter to marry the son of the town treasurer and the ballet depicts the story as it unfolds.

Strauss, J, II: Promenade Concert

Ballet & Orchestra of the Hungarian State Opera, Tamas Pal & Gideon Frater, conductor

Region Code: 0, Plays in all territories, NTSC
Color mode: Colour
Screen (Picture) 4:3
Sound Format: Dolby Digaital
Time: 75 min.
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Michael Nyman - An opera in two acts (Libretto by Michael Hastings)

Michael Nyman - An opera in two acts (Libretto by Michael Hastings)
ID: MNRCD111_112
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Subcollection: Opera

The tenth release on MN Records, and the second opera recording for the label, Love Counts is a love story between the unlikeliest of couples: Avril, a lecturer in mathematics at a major college who has divorced a man who physically abused her, and Patsy, a middle-weight fighter at the end of his career who cannot read or recognise numbers.

Michael Nyman uses Riemenschneider's collection of 371 Bach chorale harmonisations to help Patsy find his voice - they are harmonically fragmented, sped up, slowed down, overlaid with themselves. Just as Dr P, the Alzheimer's suffering protagonist of Nyman's The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat, has 'his' Schumann, so, in Love Counts, Patsy, a parallel sufferer, has 'his' Bach.

Award-winning writer Michael Hastings had previously worked with Nyman on the libretto for the opera Man and Boy: Dada, also available on MN Records.

Love Counts was commissioned by the Badisches Staatstheater, Karlesruhe, Germany and first performed there on 12th March 2005, directed by Robert Tannenbaum. This is a recording of the Almeida Theatre (London) production of Love Counts where it was performed in July 2006 by the Michael Nyman Band, bass baritone Andrew Slater and soprano Helen Williams, designed by Peter McKintosh and directed by Lindsay Posner.
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Michael Nyman - Man and Boy: Dada

Michael Nyman - Man and Boy: Dada
ID: MNRCD101_102
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Subcollection: Opera

An Opera in two acts
Libretto: Michael Hastings
The generously packaged, slip cased 2-CD set contains a four-colour 44-page booklet with complete libretto.

Man and Boy: Dada is the first in a triptych of chamber operas written by Nyman with librettist Michael Hastings. It tells the story of the unlikely friendships between the ageing Dadaist artist Kurt Schwitters, who is exiled in war-torn London; a 12-year-old boy called Michael, who shares the artist's obsession with collecting London Transport bus tickets; and Michael's mother, widowed by the war. The recording reunites the cast from the UK premiere performance at the Almeida Theatre in July 2004 - tenor John Graham Hall as Schwitters, William Sheldon as the boy, and soprano Vivian Tierney as the boy's mother. Paul McGrath conducts the Michael Nyman Band.

Nyman's identification with the storyline runs deep, for as a child growing up in South Chingford in the 1950s, he hoarded bus tickets as part of a collecting mania that also included cigarette cards, matchbox labels, coins and train numbers. In 2001, Hastings approached Nyman to suggest collaborating on a radio play about a post-war London boy who collected bus tickets. Nyman naturally recognised himself in the main character. But he also had an extra element to contribute to the story line. He had recently returned from Dusseldorf where he saw a Schwitters exhibition and discovered the artist's recurring use of bus tickets in his collages. The fusion of the two characters' mutual fixation leads to a friendship which drives the opera's plot which also reveals the terrible loss suffered by Schwitters as he was forced by the Nazis to leave Germany.

The Almeida production of Man and Boy: Dada was greeted with critical acclaim. "Touching and witty, naïve and profound, Man and Boy: Dada is a journey, well worth taking," said Nick Kimberley in The Evening Standard. Writing in the Financial Times, David Murray called it a "genuine success," and Ivan Hewett in The Daily Telegraph found it a "a subtle and touching piece of music-theatre."

Music by Michael Nyman
Libretto by Michael Hastings

This is a recording of the Almeida Opera Production, designed by Jeremy Herbert and directed by Lindsay Posner at the Almeida Theatre, London, July 2004
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Shostakovich - Operas: The Nose - The Gamblers, Op. 63 - Gennady Rozhdestvensky

Shostakovich - Operas:  The Nose - The Gamblers, Op. 63 - Gennady Rozhdestvensky
ID: MELCD1001192
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Collection: Opera Collection
Subcollection: Choir and Orchestra

Recorded in Moscow in 1975

The short “The Gamblers” which was left unfinished in a piano score, is performed here in a version completed by the conductor Gennady Rozhdestvensky.

“The Nose” was first performed in 1930 and once again the composer was lambasted for being pretentious and artificial. In recent years “The Nose” has enjoyed a reassessment in revivals in opera houses around the world.

Orchestra and Chorus of the Moscow Chamber Musical Theatre / Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra, Gennady Rozhdestvensky
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Mozart - Don Giovanni (complete opera)

Mozart - Don Giovanni (complete opera)
ID: OPD7080
CDs: 3
Type: CD
Subcollection: Opera

Live performance, Rome, May 12, 1970. Features original artwork by Rafal Olbinski, re-mastered sound, and 76-page booklet with historic photos. Complete Italian-English libretto newly translated for this release, with an extensive essay on the history and interpretation of the opera. Don Giovanni is commonly considered Mozart’s finest opera, and is often nominated by connoisseurs as the greatest of all operas. The music is of the highest quality throughout; there is hardly a number from beginning to end that is not memorable in some way. And although there are facets of the story that have sparked ongoing controversy, the wide spectrum of its humanity is paramount.
Featured Artists Nicolai Ghiaurov, Gundula Janowitz, Alfredo Kraus, Sena Jurinac, Sesto Bruscantini: vocal soloists RAI Symphony Orchestra & Chorus of Rome Carlo Maria Giulini: conductor
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Sergei Prokofiev - The Story of a Real Man

Sergei Prokofiev - The Story of a Real Man
ID: MELCD1002353
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Collection: Opera Collection
Subcollection: Opera

Firma Melodiya presents a unique recording of Sergei Prokofiev’s last opera The Story of a Real Man.
This work is arguably the least known one in Prokofiev’s musical theatre legacy. Finished in 1948, it was never staged in the composer’s lifetime (its “private” performance led to banning the opera and accusing the composer of formalism). Only many years later it saw spotlights, but none of the production lasted long.
The opera, so uncommon in terms of plotline and musical drama, seemed incredible even for an innovator like Prokofiev. The composer who had brought to the stage the characters of Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky and Bryusov was carried away with Boris Polevoy’s novel about pilot Alexei Meresiev (he lost his legs as a result of a severe injury, but at the cost of unbelievable efforts and exercising he returned to the battle ranks). The main character is shown crawling from a shot down plane, in a hospital ward and mastering his artificial limbs at hospital. The character of Alexei, a winner in his own life drama, a man of enormous fortitude who did something seemingly impossible, was an incentive for the composer’s creative imagination.
The dramatic concept of the opera is built on a frame-like sequence of short scenes set off with moving lyrical episodes. The musical language of the opera predominantly consists of declamation and recitative and is full of songful intonations.
The only recording of The Story of a Real Man that now exists was made by the company of the USSR Bolshoi Theatre in 1961 and conducted by young maestro Mark Ermler. The character of Alexei Meresiev became one of the highest achievements of prominent singer Evgeny Kibkalo. The recording also features other celebrated soloists of the theatre such as Glafira Deomidova, Margarita Miglau, Kira Leonova, Alexei Maslennikov, Mark Reshetin and Artur Eisen.


Sergei Prokofiev
The Story of a Real Man
An opera in 3 acts after Boris Polevoy’s novel of the same name
Libretto by Sergei Prokofiev and Mira Mendelson-Prokofieva

Characters and performers:
Alexei - Evgeny Kibkalo
Olga - Glafira Deomidova
Grandpa Mikhailo - Georgy Shulpin
Vasilisa - Vera Smirnova
Varya - Margarita Miglau
Petrovna - Antonina Ivanova
Seryonka - Alexander Suzanov
Fedya - Vladimir Kurguzov
Andrei - Georgy Pankov
Senior Doctor - Vladimir Petrov
Zinochka -Maria Zvezdina
Colonel - Valery Yaroslavtsev
Vasily Vasilievich - Mark Reshetin
Commissar - Artur Eisen
Klavdiya - Kira Leonova
Alexei’s Mother - Valentina Petrova
1st Surgeon - Leonid Maslov
2nd Surgeon - Nikolai Zakharov
Gvozdev - Vitaly Vlasov
Kukushkin - Alexei Maslennikov
Choir and orchestra of the USSRState Academic Bolshoi Theatre
Conductor - Mark Ermler
Recorded in 1961.
CD 1
Introduction
Act I
Total time: 39.19
CD 2
Act II
Act III
Total time: 73.10
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Giacomo Puccini - Tosca - Opera in three acts

Giacomo Puccini - Tosca - Opera in three acts
ID: MELCD1002359
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Collection: Opera Collection
Subcollection: Opera

Opera in three acts - Libretto by Luigi Illica, Giuseppe Giacosa


One of the most popular operas of the world repertoire, Tosca was finished in the last year of the 19th century. It was based on the French playwright Victorien Sardou’s drama written for Sarah Bernhardt. The premiere of the opera that took place in 1900 in Rome was not accepted with much enthusiasm, and only the performance at La Scala under Arturo Toscanini became a true triumph. The story of singer Floria Tosca and her beloved painter Mario Cavaradossi who fell victim to bloody despot Baron Scarpia on the background of the revolutionary events in Italy of the early 19th century is still able to move to the innermost of one’s heart as the heat of dramatic fervour is masterfully captured in the music. Numerous audio and video recordings of the opera featuring the world’s best singers and conductors were made in the previous century.
This recording was realized by the USSR Bolshoi Theatre in 1974. The celebrated internationally recognized soloists of the opera company of the 1970s Tamara Milashkina, Vladimir Atlantov, Yuri Mazurok and others perform the opera in the original language under the prominent conductor Mark Ermler.


Characters and performers:
Floria Tosca, a celebrated singer -Tamara Milashkina, soprano
Mario Cavaradossi, a painter -Vladimir Atlantov, tenor
Baron Scarpia, chief of police -Yuri Mazurok, baritone
Cesare Angelotti, former Consul of the Roman Republic - Valeri Yaroslavtsev, bass
Sacristan - Vitali Nartov, baritone
Spoletta, a police agent - Andrei Sokolov, tenor
Sciarrone, another agent - Vladimir Filippov, bass
A Jailer - Мikhail Shkaptsov, bass
A Shepherd boy - Alexander Pavlov, alto
Cardinal, scribe, soldiers, police agents, altar boys, noblemen and women, townsfolk, artisans

Choir and orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre - Conductor - Mark Ermler
Recorded in 1974.
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R. Strauss - Die Frau ohne Schatten (complete opera)

R. Strauss - Die Frau ohne Schatten (complete opera)
ID: OPD7026
CDs: 3
Type: CD
Subcollection: Opera

James King, Leonie Rysanek,Walter Berry, Christa Ludwig, Ruth Hesse, Martin Egel, Zoltan Kelemen, Lorenzo Alvary, Murray Dickie, et al., vocal soloists/Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra/Karl Böhm, conductor


Die Frau ohne Schatten (The Woman Without a Shadow) was first heard at the Vienna State Opera on October 10, 1919. Though admired by many, it had a mixed reception. The libretto by Strauss’s favorite collaborator Hugo von Hofmannsthal is deliberately intended as a sort of late-Romantic Magic Flute, heavy in symbolism and whimsical magic, though it is far darker. This live performance from Salzburg in 1974 with a legendary cast, known as Böhm’s “Straussian family,” who performed Die Frau ohne Schatten all over the world to universal acclaim. One of the finest things in this recording is the peerless portrayal of the Dyer’s Wife by Christa Ludwig, which is missing from the DG recording with similar cast and same conductor.

“Other recordings of Die Frau ohne Schatten have been in and out of the catalogue, some even with similar casts. This version … may be the most vital, most stylish, most moving, and the best-balanced … Christa Ludwig brings astonishing ease, amplitude and emotional fervor to the arching passions of the Dyer’s Wife … Rysanek … is emphatically at her best here.” - OPERA NEWS

Ilustration © Rafal Olbinski
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