Sony Classical is delighted to offer lovers of singing another ten complete recordings from the RCA Red Seal, CBS/Sony Classical and Eurodisc catalogues. The latest instalment of this wide-ranging series not only features some of the greatest voices of the last century but also spotlights once popular works that have been unduly neglected in recent times. From 1988, a superb recording of The Queen of Spades (Pique Dame), with Emil Tchakarov and Bulgarian Opera. “When Tchaikovsky’s work is as superbly performed and recorded as it is here,” wrote Gramophone, “it sounds like the most convincing and inspired opera in the Russian language … A reading that catches all the romantic yearning, feverish passion and eerie atmosphere of this amazingRead more score.” The cast is outstanding too: “Wieslaw Ochman makes an impressive Herman … Yuri Mazurok is a superb Yeletsky, and the duet of Lisa and her companion, Pauline, is beautifully done by Stefka Evstatieva and Stefania Toczyska, one of Tchaikovsky’ most magical inspirations” (Penguin Guide).
Strongly cast and dramatically conducted. Wieslaw Ochmann and Stefka Evstatieva are particularly striking as Hermann and Pauline.
Queen of Spades, Op. 68by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky Performer:
Wieslaw Ochman (Tenor),
Stefka Evstatieva (Soprano),
Yuri Mazurok (Baritone),
Penka Dilova (Mezzo Soprano),
Stefania Toczyska (Mezzo Soprano),
Ivan Konsulov (Baritone)
Sofia Festival Orchestra,
Svetoslav Obretenov National Chorus
Period: Romantic Written: 1890; Russia
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Powerfully Dramatic Tchaikovsky February 1, 2019By Joseph Erdeljac (West Chester, PA)See All My Reviews"This wonderful recording is a delight to the ear. The various arias, duets, ensembles, choruses and orchestral sections are a wide variety of what Tchaikovsky is capable of producing. There is high drama, beautiful melodies and captivating dances. The recorded sound is excellent and well balanced between vocals and instrumental. The entire cast is well suited to their roles and in good voice throughout. I miss not having a full libretto or any background information to accompany this set. One will have to hunt up a libretto to follow, as most opera lovers wish to do, even with familiar works. This opera is not as well known as Onegin and a libretto would greatly aid the newcomer to this wonderful work."Report Abuse