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Russian Opera Films DVD 4-Pack - Eugene Onegin, Queen of Spades, Prince Igor, The Tsar's Bride

Galina Oleinichenko, Orchestra And Chorus Of The B
Release Date: 04/07/2014 
Label:  Kultur Video   Catalog #: 4943  
Composer:  Peter Ilyich TchaikovskyAlexander BorodinNikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Evgeny KibkaloGalina VishnevskayaLarissa AvdeyevaAnton Grigoriev,   ... 
Conductor:  Boris KhaikinYevgeny SvetlanovGennady Provatorov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bolshoi Theatre OrchestraBolshoi Theatre ChorusKirov Theater Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 4 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This collection of 4 DVDs includes the following:

Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin / Khaikin, Vishnevskaya, Petrov, Bolshoi Theater
Using the sights and sounds of old St. Petersburg, director Roman Tikhomirov “opened up” the opera and filmed it in the Russian countryside, using actors, singers and musicians from the Bolshoi Theatre and Opera.

Tchaikovsky: Queen Of Spades / Svetlanov, Nechipailo, Kibkalo, Bolshoi Opera
Based on Alexander Pushkin’s story, “Pique Dame,” this powerful opera features music by Peter Tchaikovsky, and a libretto by his brother, Modest. Now, the Bolshoi Opera, Theatre, Orchestra and
Read more Choir have joined to create the definitive motion picture of this modern masterpiece! From the dazzling sets and costumes, to the impassioned singing and acting, this is an experience both opera and film lovers will not soon forget.

Rimsky-Korsakov: The Tsar's Bride / Svetlanov, Kibkalo, AvdeyevaBolshoi Opera
The Tsar’s Bride was composed by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov in 1899. It tells the story of a beautiful young girl who is chosen-quite against her will-by Tsar Ivan the Terrible to be his bride. The actors, singers and musicians of the Bolshoi Opera & Theatre star in this motion picture, which is sung in Russian with English subtitles. Upon its original theatrical release, the New York Times acclaimed the Rimsky-Korsakov score as one which “surgers and soars, magnificently voiced by the grand old Bolshoi.”

Borodin: Prince Igor / Provatorov, Bogachova, Milaschkina, Kirov Opera
Alexander Borodin’s opera Prince Igor was the source of several musical themes which were adapted for the Broadway musical Kismet, and one melody became the popular song “Stranger in Paradise.” Filmed against the picturesque vistas of the Russian steppes where the opera is set, the story tells of the 12th century Russian prince who courageously fought the invading hordes from the East. This 1969 Kirov Opera, Orchestra and Ballet production was hailed by critics in its original theatrical release, and can now be enjoyed again and again on home video.
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Works on This Recording

1.
Eugene Onegin, Op. 24 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Evgeny Kibkalo (Baritone), Galina Vishnevskaya (Soprano), Larissa Avdeyeva (Mezzo Soprano),
Anton Grigoriev (Tenor), Ivan Petrov (Bass)
Conductor:  Boris Khaikin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra,  Bolshoi Theatre Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877-1878; Russia 
Language: Russian 
2.
Queen of Spades, Op. 68 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Victor Nechipailo (Bass), Sofya P. Preobrajenskaya (Mezzo Soprano), Evgeny Kibkalo (Baritone),
Tamara Milaschkina (Soprano), Larissa Avdeyeva (Mezzo Soprano), Z. Andzhaparidze (Tenor)
Conductor:  Yevgeny Svetlanov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra,  Bolshoi Theatre Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; Russia 
Language: Russian 
3.
Prince Igor by Alexander Borodin
Performer:  Tamara Milaschkina (Soprano), Irina Bogachova (Mezzo Soprano), Vladimir Kinyaev (Baritone)
Conductor:  Gennady Provatorov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kirov Theater Orchestra,  Kirov Theater Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869-1887; Russia 
4.
Tsar's Bride by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Evgeny Kibkalo (Baritone), Larissa Avdeyeva (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Yevgeny Svetlanov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra,  Bolshoi Theatre Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; Russia 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Interesting Cinematic Experience July 4, 2014 By Robert E. (New York, NY) See All My Reviews "If you order this packaged group of Russian operas expecting to receive performances of full length staged productions, you will be greatly disappointed. These are bare bones movies of film actors lipsyncing to unseen opera singers vocal recordings, all partially filmed on location and/or on rudimentary stage settings. All were filmed in the late 1950s/1960s and the cinematic quality is fair, at best." Report Abuse
 Opera as it should be June 14, 2014 By Brian L. (Zeist, Utrecht) See All My Reviews "One of the most annoying facets of going to the opera is seeing the singers usually inappropriately clothed in a set that is totally meaningless so that you as the viewer/listener has to wrestle with everything that is happening to be able to follow it and (hopefully) enjoy the experience. Here are early filmed versions of the operas in the settings that each opera is set in, a country house, the steppes etc. with top actors that actually look the age of the character supposed to be singing. They mime to the singers with a high degree of accuracy without any of the hideous grimaces often seen on the faces of the singers. The result is a very enjoyable experience being able to understand without any difficulty what is going on. I thoroughly enjoyed these dvd's and can recommened them to every opera lover." Report Abuse
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