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Notes and Editorial Reviews
English language libretto and liner notes included.
Gergiev conjures a magical and magnificent sound from the Kirov orchestra, and the singers are, without exception, first rate.
Performance: *****/Sound: ****
How does the Kirov keep producing singers of such astonishing quality? Though none who appears here has yet established the international reputation achieved by the likes of Hvorostovsky, Leiferkus, Borodina, Prokina or Gorchakova, it can only be a matter of time. This performance of Rimsky’s fantastical opera-bïlina (a heroic ballad) – the story of a minstrel and his love for the daughter of the King of the Sea, set mostly underwater – is outstandingly well played and sung.
Gergiev conjures a magical and magnificent sound from the Kirov orchestra, and the singers are, without exception, first rate. The tenor Vladimir Galusin is heroic in the title role, striking and powerful, and Valentina Tsidipova’s honey-voiced soprano, with its gloriously fluid line, makes a ravishing Volkhova. That artistes of the calibre of Larissa Diadkova (Nezhata), Bulat Minjelkiev, Gegam Grigorian (Lensky in last year’s Royal Opera House Onegin) and Alexander Gergalov (the merchants) have such small parts is evidence of the standard of casting. Rimsky’s sublimely lush music may verge on schmaltz – its influence on Hollywood film scores is striking; it’s no surprise that the Indian merchant’s aria is better known in the West as the Tommy Dorsey tune ‘Song of India’ – but its capacity to convey water and the movement of the ocean is both atmospheric and dazzling. Live recordings (this was made at the Maryinsky last year) can be blighted by noise – here there are obtrusive thuds on stage, scattered snatches of applause, and the orchestra can be heard tuning up before several scenes, but these are merely minor irritants.
-- Claire Wrathall, BBC Music
Works on This Recording
Sadko by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Alla Dimitrieva (),
Alexandra Gronskaya (),
Roman Gibatov (),
Anna Kovaleva (Mezzo Soprano),
Marianna Tarasova (Mezzo Soprano),
Bulat Minjelkiev (Bass),
Ludmila Kassianenko (Mezzo Soprano),
Vladimir Galusin (Tenor),
Yuri Dolgopolov (),
Valery Sobanov (),
Vladimir Kniazev (),
Valentina Tsidipova (Mezzo Soprano),
Sergei Alexashkin (Bass),
Genadij Bezzubenkov (Bass),
Yevgeny Boitsov (Tenor),
Nikolai Gassiev (Tenor),
Vladimir Ognovenko (Bass),
Larissa Diadkova (Mezzo Soprano),
Svetlana Volkova (Mezzo Soprano),
Tatjana Filimonova (),
Alexandr Gergalov (Baritone),
Nikolai Putilin (Baritone),
Gegam Grigorian (Tenor),
Nonna Shestakova (),
Ekaterina Galanova ()
Kirov Theater Orchestra,
Kirov Theater Chorus
Written: 1894-1896; Russia
Date of Recording: 10/1993
Venue: Live Mariinsky Theater, St. Petersburg
Length: 172 Minutes 23 Secs.
Featured Sound Samples
Tableau 1: "Sabralis'a my, gosti targovye"
Tableau 2: "Oj ty, t'omnaja dubravushka!"
Tableau 2: "Svet'at rasoju medv'anaju kosy tvai"
Tableau 4: Song of the Venetian Guest
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