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Mussorgsky: Khovanshchina / Leskovich, Ghiaurov, Et Al

Release Date: 05/23/2000 
Label:  Opera D'oro   Catalog #: 1247   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Ludovic SpiessFiorenza CossottoNicolai GhiaurovCesare Siepi,   ... 
Conductor:  Bogo Leskovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra RomeItalian Radio Chorus Rome
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 3 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Hearing Modest Mussorgsky's 'Khovanshchina' sung in Italian has the effect of placing in the foreground the Russian composer's link and debt to the operas of Giuseppe Verdi. Both the sprawling musical architecture, threaded together by thematic reminiscence, and the terribly complicated plot suggest at first 'Il trovatore' and then 'Don Carlo' and 'La forza del destino.' The complexity of Mussorgsky's plot is in many ways the point: this opera about the events that brought about Peter the Great's rise to power reflects the very untidy beginning of the modern Russian state. Moreover, censorship laws prevented Mussorgsky from writing directly about a Romanov, so he was compelled to focus on those around Peter, especially his Read more enemies.
Representing his leading enemies is the title character of Prince Ivan Khovansky, a bass role in the line of Boris Godunov. The great Russian bass Nicolai Ghiaurov gives a ground-trembling turn as Khovansky in this 1973 reissue--an ensemble performance skillfully held together by conductor Bogo Leskovich. While the celebrated baritone Cesare Siepi predictably impresses as Dosifey (the leader of the Old Believers), it is Fiorenza Cossotto's Marfa, with her silken and technically flawless mezzo-soprano, that shares the spotlight with Ghiaurov. Read less

Works on This Recording

Khovanshchina by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Ludovic Spiess (Tenor), Fiorenza Cossotto (Mezzo Soprano), Nicolai Ghiaurov (Bass),
Cesare Siepi (Bass), Veriano Luchetti (Tenor), Siegmund Nimsgern (Bass),
Elena Suliotis (Soprano), Herbert Handt (Tenor), Mietta Sighele (Soprano),
Angelo Marchiandi (Tenor), Teodoro Rovetta (Baritone), Ubaldo Carosi (Baritone),
Claudio Strudthoff (Tenor), Carlos Del Bosco (Bass)
Conductor:  Bogo Leskovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Rome,  Italian Radio Chorus Rome
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872-1880; Russia 
Date of Recording: 11/01/1973 
Venue:  Live  RAI Studio, Rome, Italy 
Length: 191 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Language: Italian 

Sound Samples

Mussorgsky: Khovanshchina: Prelude: "Dawn on the Moscow River"
Mussorgsky: Khovanshchina: I'll go, go... To Ivangorod...
Mussorgsky: Khovanshchina: Hey! Hey you! Scribbler!
Mussorgsky: Khovanshchina: Once there lived a godmother
Mussorgsky: Khovanshchina: Children, my children!
Mussorgsky: Khovanshchina: Praise the Swan, the White swan
Mussorgsky: Khovanshchina: Let me go! Leave me, let me go!
Mussorgsky: Khovanshchina: Well well, Prince!
Mussorgsky: Khovanshchina: Lord! Let not the enemy powers be victorious
Mussorgsky: Khovanshchina: Warmest greetings to you, Vasenka, my precious one
Mussorgsky: Khovanshchina: I am aware of your hallowed custom, Prince
Mussorgsky: Khovanshchina: Mysterious powers
Mussorgsky: Khovanshchina: So that is what my future promises me
Mussorgsky: Khovanshchina: We are here without announcement, Prince!
Mussorgsky: Khovanshchina: Princess, calm your anger
Mussorgsky: Khovanshchina: Princess! The Tsarevna commanded me
Mussorgsky: Khovanshchina: We shall bring disgrace upon them
Mussorgsky: Khovanshchina: There went a young maiden through meadows and marshes
Mussorgsky: Khovanshchina: Dreadful, irredeemable sin
Mussorgsky: Khovanshchina: In the Streltsy quarter all are sleeping
Mussorgsky: Khovanshchina: Ah, you damned drunkards, ah, you hopeless loafers
Mussorgsky: Khovanshchina: What's the matter?
Mussorgsky: Khovanshchina: Greetings to you, children

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