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Opera Collection, page 31

   Found CDs: 330
 

D. Shostakovich - Katerina Ismailova - An Opera in 4 acts and 9 scenes Op. 29/114

D. Shostakovich - Katerina Ismailova - An Opera in 4 acts and 9 scenes Op. 29/114
ID: MELCD1002050
CDs: 3
Type: CD
Collection: Opera Collection
Subcollection: Choir and Orchestra

E. Andreyeva, E. Bulavin & V. Radziyevsky
Choir & Orchestra of the Moscow State, Gennady Provatorov

It is hard to name another opera with a fate as complicated and dramatic as that of its heroine. Shostakovich came up with the idea of composing an opera based on Nikolai Leskov’s novel Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk District, perhaps the most outright and cruel work of the Russian classical literature, in the early 1930s. Finished in 1932, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk District (as the opera was originally titled) was staged two years later in Leningrad and then in Moscow caused a heated controversy.

However, the opera was condemned after Stalin saw it. “A mess instead of music” - that was a title of a scathing article in the Pravda in January 1936. It marked the beginning of unfounded criticism at Shostakovich for “formalism”, while Lady Macbeth was banned from the stage. The ban was lifted as late as in the early 1960s when Shostakovich had realized the second edition of the opera under the name of Katerina Izmailova. The opera was staged in Moscow and later it took the place it deserved in Russian and foreign theatres. Melodiya presents a historically first recording of Shostakovich’s opera made at the Moscow Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Music Theatre in 1964 soon after the premiere of the second edition. The premiere was conducted by a young maestro Gennady Provatorov.

In 1966, the recording was given a Grand Prix du Disquein France.
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S. Prokofiev - Semyon Kotko, Opera in Five acts, Op. 81

S. Prokofiev - Semyon Kotko, Opera in Five acts, Op. 81
ID: MELCD1002120
CDs: 3
Type: CD
Collection: Opera Collection
Subcollection: Opera

Soloists: Nikolai Gres, Tamara Yanko, Tamara Antipova, Nikolai Panchekhin, Antonina Kleshchyova, Lyudmila Gelovani, Gennady Troitsky, Daniil Demianov, Nikolai Timchenko, Mikhail Kiselyov, Tatiana Tugarinova, Mechislav Shchavinski, Leonid Neverov, Vladimir Zakharov, Boris Dobrin, Miroslav Markov, Nikolai Brilling, Antonina Savosina, Tamara Medvedeva, Nina Kulagina, Alexander Tikhonov, Ivan Kartavenko, Alexei Stepanov, Georgy Ostrovsky

All-Union Radio Choir, All-Union Symphony Orchestra, Mikhail Zhukov


Firma Melodiya presents a recording of one of Sergey Prokofiev’s least frequently performed operas, Semyon Kotko. It was the first opera Prokofiev composed after he returned to the Soviet Union. It took him a long time to find a source for the plot. “I wanted to have living people with their passions, love, hate, joy and sorrow naturally ensuing from the new conditions”, the composer remembered. Prokofiev eventually chose a novel titled “I, Son of Working People” by Valentin Katayev who agreed to rework it into an opera libretto. Vsevolod Meyerhold, a director, old friend and companion, was supposed to stage the new opera but he fell victim to the Stalinist terror.

The opera was premiered in 1940 in Moscow and, as was the case with other outstanding works of that time, was a great success with the public and severely criticized ‘from above’. Even today, bright and figurative music of Semyon Kotko, with its genuinely Gogol-esque humour and genre scenes from everyday life of a Ukrainian village, neat descriptions of the characters, passionate dramatism and monumental chorus scenes, cannot leave a keen listener indifferent.

The opera Semyon Kotko was recorded in 1960 by soloists of the Moscow opera theatres and the All-Union Radio Choir and Orchestra conducted by Mikhail Zhukov. This remarkable musician was taught by Nikolai Golovanov and Konstantin Stanislavsky. The latter acknowledged Zhukov as an “exemplary music director who was able to decrypt the life of human spirit hidden in the score and explain it to an actor”. Zhukov conducted at the premiere of Semyon Kotko at the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Music Theatre, and its recording became the conductor’s last work.
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A. Borodin - Prince Igor - An Opera in 4 acts with a Prologue

A. Borodin - Prince Igor - An Opera in 4 acts with a Prologue
ID: MELCD1002080
CDs: 3
Type: CD
Collection: Opera Collection

It took Borodin nineteen years to compose this opera based on the old Russian epic poem The Tale of Igor’s Campaign and also incorporating material from other sources. Eternally busy, the author combined composing with a chair in chemistry and active social life and never finished the work.

Prince Igor reached us thanks to the effort of the composer’s friends Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and Alexander Glazunov who managed to complete Borodin’s masterpiece.


Ivan Petrov (Prince Igor), Tatiana Tugarinova (Yaroslavna), Elena Obraztsova (Konchakovna), Margarita Miglau (Polovtsian Girl), Vladimir Atlantov (Vladimir), Konstantin Baskov (Eroshka), Alexander Laptev (Ovlur), Artur Eisen (Prince Galitsky), Valery Yaroslavtsev (Skula), Alexander Vedernikov (Khan Konchak)

Choir & Orchestra State Academic Bolshoi Theatre, Mark Ermler
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P. Aretino - Curtisanengespräche (I Ragionamenti) - Freche Erotik der Renaissance

P. Aretino - Curtisanengespräche (I Ragionamenti) - Freche Erotik der Renaissance
ID: AV2200105
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Collection: Renaissance

Regie: Siegfried Wittlich
Hildegard Alex (Performer), Ursula Werner (Performer), Barbara Dittus (Performer)
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P.I. Tchaikovsky - The Enchantress (Charodeika), Opera in 4 acts - Gennady Provatorov, conductor

P.I. Tchaikovsky - The Enchantress (Charodeika), Opera in  4 acts - Gennady Provatorov, conductor
ID: MELCD1001811
CDs: 3
Type: CD
Collection: Opera Collection
Subcollection: Voices and Orchestra

Total time : CD 1 - 72:04 / CD 2 - 64:35 / CD - 3 44:30

Rimma Glushkova, soprano
Pyotr Gluboky, baritone
Galina Molodtsova, soprano
Vladimir Makhov, tenor
Sergei Stukachev, bass-baritone
Lev Eliseev, tenor
Vladimir Matorin, bass
Andrei Sokolov, character tenor
Victor Rybinsky, baritone
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Mussorgsky - Boris Godunov

Mussorgsky - Boris Godunov
ID: MELCD1000764
CDs: 3
Type: CD
Collection: Opera Collection
Subcollection: Choir and Orchestra

Libretto by the composer after the Tragedy by Alexander Pushkin.
Version and orchestration by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Opera in 4 Acts with a Prologue. Libretto by the composer after the Tragedy by Alexander Pushkin. Version and orchestration by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. Boris Godunov-Ivan Petrov; Feodor-Valentina Klepatskaya; Xenia-Tamara Sorokina; Nurse to Xenia-Yevgeniya Verbitskaya; Prince Vasily Ivanovich Shuisky-Georgy Shulpin; Andrey Schelkalov-Alexey Ivanov; Pimen-Mark Reshetin; Grigory, the Pretender-Vladimir Ivanovsky; Marina Mnishek-Irina Arkhipova. Chorus and Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre of the USSR. Recorded in Moscow, 1962.


“I see the people as a single great personality inspired by one definite idea. That was my task, that was what I wanted to bring out in my opera”, said Mussorgsky of Boris Godunov. The revolutionary idea of Boris Godunov is clearly brought out in the brilliant scene of the people’s revolt (the final scene, “At Kromy”). The mighty song of the rebellious people comes as a burst of indignation against Tsar Boris and his “offsprings” whom the people hold reponsible for all their misfortunes. The idea of composing an opera after Pushkin’s historical tragedy waz suggested to Mussorgsky by his friend and admirer V. Nikolsky, a specialist in history of the Russian language. Thet was in 1868. By this time Mussorgsky’s realistic talent and interest in the life of the people had already become apparent. He accepted the idea of writing a historical opera with enthusiasm. He was absorbed in study of the historical material of the epoch. V. Stasov aided him in finding the texts of folk songs and supplied him with the information drawn from various historical sources. The opera was staged in Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre on December 16, 1888.
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Rimsky Korsakov - The Snow Maiden (A Spring Fairy Tale) - Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra

Rimsky Korsakov - The Snow Maiden (A Spring Fairy Tale) - Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra
ID: MELCD1001526
CDs: 3
Type: CD
Collection: Opera Collection
Subcollection: Voices and Orchestra

The author of the story, Ostrovsky, wrote “Korsakov’s music to my “The Snow Maiden” is astonishing. I could hardly imagine anything that might be more suitable and could express so lively the poetry of the ancient pagan cult and this cold as snow at first and then irrepressibly passionate heroine of the tale.”

Easiness and quickness of composing the opera were the evidence of not only Rimsky-Korsakov’s keenness on Ostrovsky’s fairy tale subject but of his maturity as composer. The opera was completed in clavier within two months and a half! The sensitive composer could catch the main idea -The Snow Maiden was not cold and heartless, without any feeling of love but she was longing to love, to be near the people, feel and experience as most of them. The author of the fairy tale A.N. Ostrovsky admired the opera. Both musicians who performed “The Snow Maiden” and audience fell in love with the opera at once; it won the composer’s heart as well. “The Snow Maiden” (a spring fairy tale), Opera in 4 Acts with the Prologue. Libretto by N.A. Rimsky-Korsakov based on the like-named play by A.N. Ostrovsky.

CHARACTERS AND PERFORMERS IN THE PROLOGUE: SPRING BEAUTY
SPRING BEAUTY - Nina Terentieva, mezzo-soprano;
FATHER FROST - Georgy Seleznev, bass;
THE SNOW MAIDEN - Irina Zhurina, soprano;
WOOD GOBLIN - Oleg Biktimirov, tenor;
MASLENITSA-THE STRAW WOMAN - Vladimir Pashinsky, bass;
BOBYL BAKULA - Alexander Arkhipov, tenor;
BOBYLIKHA, his wife - Raisa Kotova, mezzo-soprano

CHARACTERS AND PERFORMERS IN THE OPERA
TSAR BERENDEI - Alexander Fedin, tenor;
BERMYATA, the confidant of the tsar, a boyar - Boris Morozov, bass;
SPRING BEAUTY - Nina Terentieva, mezzo-soprano;
SNOW MAIDEN - Irina Zhurina, soprano;
BOBYL BAKULA - Alexander Arkhipov, tenor;
BOBYLIKHA, his wife - Raisa Kotova, mezzo-soprano;
LEL, a shepherd - Tatiana Erastova, mezzo-soprano;
KUPAVA, a young girl, a daughter of a wealthy settler -Lyudmila Sergienko, soprano;
MIZGIR, a merchant guest from Berendey settlement - Igor Morozov, baritone;
FIRST HERALDS - Konstantin Baskov, Yuri Markelov, tenors;
SECOND HERALDS - Nikolay Nizienko, Stanislav Suleimanov, bass;
TSAR’S BOY - Sasha Karpikov; WOOD GOBLIN - Oleg Biktimirov, tenor.
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M. P. Mussorgsky - Boris Godounov

M. P. Mussorgsky - Boris Godounov
ID: KON32036_37
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Collection: Opera Collection
Subcollection: Opera

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Debussy: Pelleas and Melisande: Eric Tappy, Souzay, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande - Auberson

Debussy: Pelleas and Melisande: Eric Tappy, Souzay, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande - Auberson
ID: CLAVES502415-16
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Subcollection: Opera

Grand Theatre, Geneva - 20 March 1969

Eric Tappy, tenor (Pelléas)
Erna Spoorenberg, soprano (Mélisande)
Gérard Souzay, baritone (Golaud)
Victor de Narké, bass (Arkel, King of Allemonde)
Anne-Marie Blanzat, soprano (Yniold, the young son of Golaud)
Derrik Olsen, bass baritone (A Physician)
Arlette Chédel, alto (Geneviève, mother of Golaud and Pelléas)
Gregor Koubrak baritone (Voice of a Shepherd)



Gérard Souzay (Golaud) and Eric Tappy (Pelléas) side by side in a production of Claude Debussy’s opera Pelléas et Mélisande under the direction of Jean-Marie Auberson at the Grand Théâtre in Geneva on 20 March 1969 - Claves offers the opportunity to relive this exceptional moment in a recording from its new series CHRONOS dedicated to particularly remarkable archive recordings. Under Radio Suisse Romande’s microphones the singers excelled and sparked a dialogue with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (which had just lost its founder and director Ernest Ansermet, who was to have lead the production) marked by a phenomenal naturalness. The clarity of their diction in combination with profound musicality makes this recording a veritable singing lesson. The recent decease of three main figures from this production in 2004 (Erna Spoorenberg on 18 March, Jean-Marie Auberson on 4 July, and Gérard Souzay on 17 August) lends this recording particular poignancy; it is dedicated to their memory.
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Elektra : Gwyneth Jones at the Grand Théâtre in Geneva in 1990

Elektra : Gwyneth Jones at the Grand Théâtre in Geneva in 1990
ID: CLAVES502514-15
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Collection: Opera Collection
Subcollection: Opera

Gwyneth Jones, Leonie Rysanek, Anne Evans, Jeffrey Tate, and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande: all of the actors who participated in the making of Elektra at the Grand Théâtre in Geneva in 1990 remember this dream recording very well.
Following the disc featuring Pelléas (1969) with Eric Tappy, Gérard Souzay, Jean-Marie Auberson and the OSR released last year (CD 50-2415/16), Claves is pleased to continue its lyric adventure by bringing this extraordinary performance (which is said to have had the longest standing ovation in the history of the establishment) back to life on compact disc with the original recording made by Radio Suisse Romande. The double CD is accompanied by extensive documentation taken from the archives and with an introduction by Alain Perroux, who passionately remembers this event.
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