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Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov

Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov


Martin Tsonev (Boris Godunov), Mario Krastev (Fyodor), Irina Zhekova (Kseniya), Rumyana Petrova (Kseniya’s nurse), Sergei Drobishevski (Prince Vasiliy Ivanovich Shuysky), Biser Georgiev (Andrey Shchelkalov), Angel Hristov (Pimen), Dimitar Stanchev (Old Man), Kostadin Andreev (Grigoriy Otrepiev), Petar Buchkov (Varlaam), Plamen Papazikov (Misail), Tsveta Sarambelieva (Innkeeper), Hrisimir Damyanov (Holy Fool), Orlin Nevenkin (First police officer), Nikolay Petrov (Second police officer), Anton Radev (Mityukha) & Stoyan Alexiev (Patriarch Job)

Orchestra, Chorus and Corps de Ballet of the Sofia Opera, Konstantin Chudovski

Producer, director and stage designer: Plamen Kartaloff

Costume designers: Marta Mironska, Stanka Vauda

Lighting designer: Andrey Hajdinjak

Boris Godunov was performed for the first time in the open air in front of St Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Sofia in 2014. This spectacular production, performed 90 years after the cathedral’s consecration, was conceived by Plamen Kartaloff, the director of Sofia Opera and dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the birth of the famous Bulgarian bass Boris Christoff and the 85th anniversary of the birth of Nicolai Ghiaurov. Both artists were world-renowned for their interpretations of the role of Boris. In this production, the role is sung by the great Bulgarian bass Martin Tsonev.

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Subtitles: Ita, Eng, Fre, Ger, Bulg, Russ, Kor

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Recording date & place: May 2014 – staged in front of Aleksandr Nevskij Cathedral in Sofia

Duration: 115 min.

Notes: Ita / Eng

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Denis Matsuev Live from the Annecy Classic Festival

Denis Matsuev Live from the Annecy Classic Festival


Elgar:

Enigma Variations, Op. 36

Recorded live at Annecy Classic Festival, 2014, directed by Jean-Pierre Loisil

Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Yuri Temirkanov

Salut d'amour, Op. 12

Recorded live at Annecy Classic Festival, 2014, directed by Jean-Pierre Loisil

Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Yuri Temirkanov

Liszt:

Piano Concerto No. 2 in A major, S125

Recorded in August 2014 at Annecy Festival, directed by Pierre-Martin Juban

Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Zoltán Kocsis

Totentanz, S126 for piano & orchestra

Recorded in August 2014 at Annecy Festival, directed by Pierre-Martin Juban

Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Zoltán Kocsis

Mussorgsky:

Pictures at an Exhibition

Recorded live at Annecy Classic Festival, 2014, directed by Jean-Pierre Loisil

Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Yuri Temirkanov

Schubert:

Moments Musicaux, D780: No. 3 in F minor

Shchedrin:

Elégie for piano solo

Recorded in August 2014 at Annecy Festival, directed by Pierre-Martin Juban


Pianist Denis Matsuev sets himself apart by his powerful playing and his unrivalled agility serving musical works just as virtuoso. Together with the conductors Yuri Temirkanov and Zoltán Kocsis and the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, they performed works by the Russian composers Mussorgsky and Shchedrin and by Liszt and Elgar.

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Production years: 2014

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Mariss Jansons conducts Dvorak & Mussorgsky

Mariss Jansons conducts Dvorak & Mussorgsky


Dvorak:

Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95 'From the New World'

Mussorgsky:

Pictures at an Exhibition


"What I compose is and always remains Czech music," asserted Antonín Dvorák, and we – the audiences who've been enraptured with the Ninth since its world premiere at New York's Carnegie Hall on 15 December 1893 – are all the richer for it. After a fleeting nod to Negro Spirituals and vaguely Native American rhythms, Dvorák dug into his seemingly bottomless reserve of catchy melodies, foot-tapping rhythms, burnished brass intonations, mellow woodwind lines and other Bohemian traits that would be unthinkable without the pillars of Austro-Germanic music.

"I simply wrote down themes of my own invention and gave them elements typical of the music of the Negroes and Indians. I then used these themes as subjects, developing them with all the resources of rhythm, harmony and counterpoint, and with all the colors of the modern orchestra," the composer once said. Interestingly, the galley proofs of the work were corrected by none other than Johannes Brahms.

Of course, the work would most probably never have been written if it hadn't been for a patron, or patroness, to be more precise, Jeanette Thurber, who founded the National Conservatory of Music of America and invited the composer to New York in the hope that he would give birth to a national American music; he had, after all, created a national Czech music.

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Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition

Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition


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Mussorgsky: Khovanshchina

Mussorgsky: Khovanshchina

Wiener Staatsoper 1989


Nicolai Ghiaurov (Ivan Khovansky), Vladimir Atlantov (Andrey Khovansky), Yuri Marusin (Vasily Golitsyn), Anatoly Kocherga (Shaklovity), Paata Burchuladze (Dosifey), Ludmila Semtschuk (Marfa), Brigitte Poschner-Klebel (Susanna), Heinz Zednik (Scribe), Joanna Borowska (Emma), Wilfried Gahmlich (Kuzka), Timothy Breese (Streshniev)

Wiener Staatsoper, Claudio Abbado (conductor) & Alfred Kirchner (director)

Sound Format: PCM Stereo

Picture Format: 4:3 | Original Language: RU

Subtitles: GB, DE, FR, IT, ES

Running Time: 188 mins

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Claudio Abbado: The Berliner Philharmoniker in Japan

Claudio Abbado: The Berliner Philharmoniker in Japan


Mussorgsky:

A Night on the Bare Mountain

original version

Stravinsky:

The Firebird Suite

Tchaikovsky:

Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64


Maestro Abbado left us with an inspiring bestowal when the Berlin Philharmonics and himself made an appearance at the Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Japan, in October 1994.

Claudio Abbado’s Japan tour is seen as one the highlights of his musical career and this performance especially as one of the most memorable.

Modest Mussorgsky’s tone poem A night on the bare mountain was performed in the seldom- heard original version, which is incomparably wilder and more authentic than the pleasant instrumentation by Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov.

Igor Stravinsky created a suite from his ballet The Firebird, one of his most famous and successful compositions and it was premiered in 1919. It contains 7 of the 19 numbers heard in the complete ballet.

The concert ended with a work composed in a matter of weeks in 1888, Peter Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony. Its premiere in Moscow the same years, conducted by the composer, was only a modest success. Recognition was not slow to come, however, and the Fifth has long been one of Tchaikovsky’s best loved works.

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Running time: 97 mins

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Ewa Podles & Garrick Ohlsson: Live at The Frederic Chopin University Warsaw

Ewa Podles & Garrick Ohlsson: Live at The Frederic Chopin University Warsaw


Mussorgsky:

The Nursery

Songs and Dances of Death

Prokofiev:

Four Pieces Op. 4

Rachmaninov:

Prelude Op. 3 No. 2 in C sharp minor

Prelude Op. 23 No. 5 in G minor


Ewa Podles (contralto), Garrick Ohlsson (piano)

Ewa Podleś is widely recognized as the most authentic contraltos of her generation by Opéra International, Orpheus, Gramophone, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The San Francisco Examiner, Opera News and The Financial Times. Her vocal abilities make it possible for the artist to successfully perform repertoire spanning from baroque to contemporary, on the most prestigious opera stages and concert venues in the world: La Scala, MET, Covent Garden, Carnegie Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Wigmore Hall, Théâtre des Champs Elysees, to name just a few. Since his triumph as winner of the 1970 Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw Garrick Ohlsson has established himself worldwide as a musician of magisterial interpretive and technical prowess. Although he has long been regarded as one of the world’s leading exponents of the music of Chopin, he commands an enormous repertoire which ranges over the entire piano literature, including over 80 concertos, from Haydn and Mozart to works of the 21st century.

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Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov

Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov

Opera in four parts and seven scenes, First version (1868/1869) Libretto: Modest Mussorgsky after Alexander Pushkin & Nikolai Karamsins


Alexander Tsymbalyuk (Boris Godunov), Yulia Sokolik (Fyodor), Eri Nakamura (Xenia), Heike Grötzinger (Xenia’s nurse), Gerhard Siegel (Schuisky), Markus Eiche (Andrey Chelkalov), Anatoli Kotscherga (Pimen), Sergey Skorokhodov (Grigory Otropyev), Vladimir Matorin (Varlaam), Ulrich Reß (Missail), Kevin Conners (Simpleton) & Goran Juric (Nikititch)

Chor der Bayerischen Staatsoper & Bayerisches Staatsorchester, Kent Nagano (conductor) & Calixto Bieito (stage director)

HD recording: Bavarian State Opera, Munich, February 2013

Set design: Rebecca Ringst

Costume design: Ingo Krügler

Lighting: Michael Bauer

Dramaturgy: Andrea Schönhofer

Child murder, scheming monks and a Tsar lapsing into madness – Modest Mussorgsky spread the thematic arc wide in his choral opera, which he began to work on from 1868, and with which he attempted to awaken an awareness of his own time through the indirect route of a historic story.

As an artist of the 19th century, he was driven by the psychology of the masses. Thus, in 'Boris Godunov', alongside the hero of the title, the main role is actually taken primarily by the Russian people, rejoicing, starving, demanding and questioning.

In conjuction with conductor Kent Nagano, Spanish stage director Calixto Bieito proposes an original reading of this brilliant work. The cast is led by Alexander Tsymbalyuk (Boris), with associates Gerhard Siegel (Schuisky), Markus Eiche (Chelkalov) and Anatoli Kotscherga (Pimen).

1 DVD, Running time: 139 min.

Booklet: FR / Eng / Ger; Subtitles: FR / Eng / Ger

Colour, 16/9, NTSC; Sound: PCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1

“the updating seems neither modish nor forced, and is carried out with economy and intelligence...There's no dip in commitment anywhere in the cast. Tsymbalyuk's Boris, sung in a pleasingly smooth, well-regulated bass, is excellent...Nagano achieves thrillingly focused results...Highly recommended.” Gramophone Magazine, May 2014

“Much to enjoy.” International Record Review, April 2014

“With thrilling stagecraft and theatrical clarity, Bieito unapologetically updates Pushkin’s tragedy to a brutal modern world of dictatorship, surveillance, resistance and riot police: the politics...are all too relevant to events and personalities in eastern Europe today...Nagano’s conducting homing in on the score’s nervous intensity, this is an electrifying performance of overwhelming power.” The Telegraph, 11th April 2014 *****

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Salzburg Festival 2012 Opening Concert

Salzburg Festival 2012 Opening Concert


Mussorgsky:

Songs and Dances of Death

Sergei Semishkur (tenor)

Prokofiev:

Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, Op. 100

Stravinsky:

Symphony of Psalms

Konzertvereinigung Wiender Staatsopernchor


This DVD presents a wonderful recording of the opening concert of the Salzburger Festspiele from 2012 – an annual highlight on the Classical Music calendar traditionally performed by the vibrant heart of the festival: the Wiener Philharmoniker.

The program from 2012 was Russian themed with a focus on the most profound questions of human life with excellent interpretations of Igor Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms, Modest Mussorgsky’s Songs and Dances of Death and Sergei Prokofiev’s Fifth Symphony.

The concert is conducted by Valery Gergiev, general and artistic director of the Mariinsky Theatre, winner of the Herbert-von-Karajan Award and the Polar Music Prize. Russian tenor Sergei Semishkur, soloist at the Mariinsky theatre, excels in his intense interpretation of Mussorgsky’s Songs and Dances of Death.

Picture format DVD: NTSC 16:9

Sound formats DVD: PCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.0, DTS 5.0

Region code: All (worldwide)

Booklet notes: English, German, French

Running time: 90 mins

“the Philharmonic - and particularly the Vienna State Opera Chorus - render Stravinsky's Psalms with biting urgency, with rhythm and transparency of sound effectively replacing their usual lushness.” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2013

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A Musical Journey: Russia, Ukraine & Uzbekistan

A Musical Journey: Russia, Ukraine & Uzbekistan


Music by Lyadov, Ippolitov-Ivanov, Kabalevsky, Mussorgsky & A. Rubinstein


The Places

The tour starts in Uzbekistan, of which there are later glimpses. There is a visit to the historic Russian town of Suzdal and scenes from St Petersburg as well as from Ukraine. It would be impossible to avoid the Russian winter, which appears in various guises, providing entertainment for some and for others a seemingly enchanted snow-bound landscape.

The Music

The music for the tour is taken from Russian composers who were, by and large, thoroughly imbued with the spirit of their country. This is reflected in Lyadov’s arrangement of a series folk-songs and his translation of Russian legend into music. Other composers represented are Ippolitov-Ivanov, Kabalevsky and Anton Rubinstein, with two well known excerpts from unfinished operas by Mussorgsky.

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