Notes and Editorial Reviews
This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.
Rodion Shchedrin’s The Left-Hander is a comedy of Russians and Englishmen, new technology, old traditions and strong drink. Specially written for Gergiev on the occasion of his 60th birthday, the premiere was given by the Mariinsky Opera in St Petersburg in July 2013.
Rodion Shchedrin is one of music’s greatest living humorists, and his work is laced with pitch-black irony and deadpan wit. Based on Nikolai Leskov’s classical satirical novella of 1881, “The Tale of Cross-Eyed Lefty” from Tula and the Steel Flea, The Left-Hander is a gloriously wry exploration of Russia’s relationship with the West in general and England in
particular. This premiere recording follows the US premiere of Shchedrin’s Enchanted Wanderer, at Brooklyn’s Academy of Music in January 2015.
Reviews from the London concert performance with much the same forces:
"Unexpectedly moving and stunningly well sung." – The Financial Times
"Gergiev conducted Shchedrin’s 2013 score with understated intensity and musical humility, transporting us to the haunting world of Nikolai Leskov’s original novella. Shchedrin’s scoring is characteristically inventive and colourful...the forging music is witty and humorous." – The Telegraph
"The Left-Hander is a real comic opera of beguiling charm and fizzing vivacity, sharing its absurd grotesquerie with Shostakovich’s The Nose, its tingling enchantment with Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges and its wild mania with Barry’s The Importance of Being Earnest. What grounds it, though, is an overwhelming, Russian nostalgia, an umbilical cord linking back to Mussorgsky." – Classical-music.com Read less
Works on This Recording
The Left-Hander by Rodion Shchedrin
Kristina Alieva (Soprano),
Edouard Tsanga (Bass),
Andrei Popov (Tenor),
Vladimir Moroz (Baritone),
Maria Maksakova (Mezzo Soprano)
St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theater Orchestra,
St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theater Chorus
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