Mussorgsky: Khovanshchina

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Mussorgsky: Khovanshchina



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3rd Sept 2012







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Mussorgsky: Khovanshchina

Recorded live at the Nationaltheater, Munich, 10 & 14 July 2007

Paata Burchuladze (Ivan Khovansky), Anatoly Kotscherga (Dosifey), Camilla Nylund (Emma), Doris Soffel (Marfa), Klaus Florian Vogt (Andrey Khovansky) & John Daszak (Vasily Golitsin)

Bayerisches Staatsorchester, Kent Nagano


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Staged, directed and designed by Dmitri Tcherniakov

Kent Nagano superbly masters the challenges presented by this score, shapes the dynamics with subtle intensity, and casts the score in a mellow glow.

As Marfa, the spurned lover of Ivan Khovansky‘s son Andrei, Doris Soffel unfolds such a rich palette of sonorities, from the pathos of the lower ranges to shaded distant heights, that “one is tempted to speak of a Russian mezzo”.

Fantastic cast: Anatoly Kotscherga portrays the religious leader Dosifei with fervor and bluster, Klaus Florian Vogt dazzles heroically as Andrey, John Daszak is a technically flawless Golitsin, and bass-baritone Paata Burchuladze gives a charismatic, forceful account of Prince Ivan Khovansky.

The final chorus, which Mussorgsky did not compose, is played in the orchestrally transparent version of Igor Stravinsky – the third great Russian composer who contributed to making “Khovanshchina“ a gripping stage work for all times.

With his stripped-down sets and historicizing costumes, director Dmitri Tcherniakov, one of the new voices of contemporary Russian theater, builds a bridge to the political present.

Picture format: 1080i Full HD 16:9

Sound formats: PCM 2.0, DTS-HD Master Audio Surround

Region code: All (worldwide)

Subtitles (Bonus): German English, French, Spanish

Booklet notes: English, German, French

Running time: 172 mins

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