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Tchaikovsky: Pique Dame

Tchaikovsky: Pique Dame

Live-Recording, Munich, Philharmonie, October 2014

Misha Didyk (Herman), Tatiana Serjan (Lisa), Larissa Diadkova (Countess), Alexey Shishlyaev (Tomskij and Plutus), Alexey Markov (Yeletzki)

Kinderchor der Bayerischen Staatsoper & Chor and Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Mariss Jansons

In its history as a concert orchestra, the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks has also devoted itself on numerous occasions to opera, under such eminent conductors as Rafael Kubelik and Leonard Bernstein. Chief conductor Mariss Jansons also maintains the tradition, for example with concert performances of Russian operas such as "Eugene Onegin". BR-KLASSIK now presents the 2014 live recording in Munich's Philharmonie im Gasteig of the semi-staged performance of Tchaikovsky's late masterpiece "The Queen of Spades". With great connoisseurship, Mariss Jansons has brought together a group of singers for this performance in original Russian who are all native speakers of the language, and very familiar with the work. They include Misha Didyk as Hermann, Tatiana Serjan as Lisa, and Alexey Markov as Prince Yeletsky.

Booklet: in German & English

Libretto: in German, Russian & English

“Didyk’s voice is not intrinsically beautiful, but its throaty, bottled-up sound suits this dark, brooding role well...His encounter with Diadkova’s Countess in her boudoir...chills the blood. Tatiana Serjan has a big, vibrant soprano and offers a Lisa in the grand Russian style. The supporting parts, including Alexey Shishlyaev’s bluff Tomsky, are all brilliantly taken, but this is Jansons’s set: his conducting is edge-of-the-seat stuff.” Sunday Times, 13th September 2015

“Hearing as refined and lustrous an orchestra as the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra play Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score is a treat in itself...[Didyk's] confrontation with Larissa Diadkova’s terrific Countess (beautifully paced and detailed by Jansons), is impressive and never topples over into hysteria.” The Guardian, 10th September 2015 ****

“Serjan is a vibrant, fearless Lisa...Hers is a voice with plenty of ‘blade’ when required, yet she can shade it beautifully...[Didyk] surprises with his baritonal depths here as Herman, as well as a ringing top...Diadkova’s Countess happily relies more on secure vocal technique than scary histrionics and Oksana Volkova is a rich-voiced Polina.” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2015

GGramophone Awards 2016

Finalist - Opera

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - Awards Issue 2015

BBC Music Magazine

Christmas Choice

BBC Music Magazine Awards 2016

Opera Finalist

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Great Singers Live: Mirella Freni

Great Singers Live: Mirella Freni

Selection from three “Sunday Concerts” with the Münchner Rundfunkorchester given in 1971, 1983 and 1987


Je dis que rien ne m'épouvante (from Carmen)


Io son l'umile ancella (from Adriana Lecouvreur)

(two recordings)


Adieu, notre petite table (from Manon)


E Susanna non vien! … Dove sono i bei momenti (from Le nozze di Figaro)


Si, mi chiamano Mimi (from La Bohème)

Quando me'n vo (from La Bohème)

Vissi d'arte (from Tosca)

Tu che di gel sei cinta (from Turandot)


Puskay pogibnu ya 'Tatiana's Letter Scene' (from Eugene Onegin)


Ritorna vincitor! (from Aida)

With her Mimì, she conquered the world. Mirella Freni’s extraordinary career lasted for over 30 years, and she never lost the enchanting youthfulness of her voice. She said farewell to the operatic stage in 2005 as a celebrated soprano in full possession of her vocal skills. Recordings from three Sunday concerts by the Münchner Rundfunkorchester document Mme. Freni in arias that reveal the many different facets of her artistry. The program ranges from her key role, Mimì, all the way to Tatyana in Tchaikovsky’s Evgeny Onegin.

Previously unreleased recordings by Mirella Freni.

Documents from the popular Sunday concerts by the Münchner Rundfunkorchester from the 1970s and 80s.

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Mariss Jansons conducts Tchaikovsky

Mariss Jansons conducts Tchaikovsky


Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64

Live-Recording, Munich, Philharmonie, 9.10.2009

Francesca da Rimini, Op. 32

Live-Recording, Munich, Philharmonie,

The symphonic poem “Francesca da Rimini” stands opposite one of Tchaikovsky’s most popular works on this SACD – the Symphony No. 5 in E minor. The poetic-dramatic work “Francesca da Rimini”, based on an episode from Dante’s “Inferno”, which unfolds a splendid and captivating tableau ranging from lyrical passages with a beguiling wealth of colour all the way to dramatic-theatrical outbursts. No question about it: Mariss Jansons has just the right pinch of “Russian soul” to bring out both these works in their full power: the recordings in October 2009 and July 2010 reveal the conductor in perfect unity with his orchestra, a combination capable of bringing ecstasy and control into perfect balance here.

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Recent recordings from October 2009 and July 2010

Mariss Jansons conducts Tchaikovsky – a classic example of Russian music interpretation.

Booklet: German, English

“one could hardly fail to admire the painstaking preparation, miraculous precision and breathtaking coordination of the orchestral playing (the third movement especially glides along with effortless poise). Moreover, Jansons's control is phenomenal, and no fleck of detail would appear to escape his hawk-like gaze.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2011

“Jansons sees to it that nothing is exaggerated, and the orchestra's exceptional playing offers real grace besides all that formidable German firepower...These live concert recordings are truly state-of-the-art (I'm not sure I've heard a finer all-round one of the Fifth Symphony).” Classic FM Magazine, January 2011 *****

“these are involving and fresh performances that recall the thrill of discovering these works for the first time...both scrupulous and artless, tempos (and their relationships) well judged, Jansons avoiding the unconvincing phrasal distortions that some conductors impose on the first movement....[The horn soloist] offers poise and bountiful tone” International Record Review, December 2010

“[Jansons's] concern with clean, lean but intense articulation is just what is needed...[He] pays a lot of attention to structure, and only puts on the brakes or accelerates where Tchaikovsky indicates - which is unusual. Yet there is no parsimony in his interpretation, or indeed in the superb playing of theBavarian Radio Smphony Orchestra, one of the most impressive in the world.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2011 *****

BBC Music Magazine

Orchestral Choice - February 2011

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Shostakovich & Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6

Shostakovich & Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6


Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 54

Live-Recording, Munich, Herkulessaal 2013


Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74 'Pathétique'

Live-Recording, Munich, Philharmonie im Gasteig 2013

Mariss Jansons ranks as one of today's most renowned interpreters of Russian symphonic music. Together with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, he presents the Sixth Symphonies of Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich in recent live recordings.

“Jansons, who in the Leningrad Philharmonic days was Mravinsky's assistant...approximates his master's style, not in terms of tempo but in the quick-witted exchanges between desks and soloists...Jansons's precise approach veers in the direction of chamber music writ large.” Gramophone Magazine, August 2014

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