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Opera In English - Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin / Mackerras


Release Date: 04/24/2001 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 3042   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Nicolai GeddaLinda FinnieElisabeth BainbridgeDame Kiri Te Kanawa,   ... 
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera ChorusWelsh National Opera Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 22 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

If you tend to regard opera translations from a distance (probably having experienced some rather awkward ones), rest assured that this English version of Tchaikovsky's greatest opera is an overall success. David-Lloyd Jones' translation falls easily on the notes, no doubt aided by Tchaikovsky's flowing and very conversational word-setting of the original Russian (which I suspect was easier to match than, say, Italian would have been). Most importantly, Tchaikovsky's version of Pushkin's drama gains immeasurable impact when you can immediately comprehend it in your native language. Tatiana's letter scene grips as never before: how could she express such things to a man she only just met? You understand even more Onegin's rejection of her Read more affections, but cringe still at his pompous lecturing. Lensky comes across just as cloying, and even more annoying, in English. (So shoot him, already!) However, this is not any commentary on Neil Rosenshein's performance; his bright, lyric tenor voice perfectly suits Lensky's swooning waif character.


Thomas Hampson is pretty much business-like in his portrayal of the detached Onegin, bringing little of Dmitri Hvorstovsky's passion and humanity. However, he really lets his hair down emotionally in the final scene with Tatiana, and I actually felt bad for the boy. Kiri Te Kanawa's sound is so well-popularized (especially from her Broadway musical recordings) that at first it was a little difficult to hear the character and not the singer. However, she delivers a powerfully moving performance in the letter scene, though like many sopranos in this role, she never sounds like a teenage girl (she's better suited to the more mature Tatiana of Act 3). The Welsh National Opera chorus makes outstanding contributions throughout, even if it does seem a little odd to hear "Fa, la, la" instead of "Vainu" in the Peasant's Dance. Charles Mackerras leads a sensitive, colorful, and passionate account of Tchaikovsky's score (which should come as no surprise to those who heard his wonderful recording of the Nutcracker) with the Welsh National Opera Orchestra. Fabulous sound from Chandos. Yeah, I know, it's not the original Russian, but it's fun!
--Victor Carr Jr., ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Eugene Onegin, Op. 24 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Nicolai Gedda (Tenor), Linda Finnie (Mezzo Soprano), Elisabeth Bainbridge (Mezzo Soprano),
Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano), Patricia Bardon (Mezzo Soprano), Richard Van Allan (Bass),
John Connell (Bass), Thomas Hampson (Baritone), Neil Rosenshein (Tenor)
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera Chorus,  Welsh National Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877-1878; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1992 
Venue:  Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, Wales 
Length: 142 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Language: English 

Sound Samples

Eugene Onegin, Op. 24 (Sung in English): Act I: Introduction
Eugene Onegin, Op. 24 (Sung in English): Act I Scene 1: Oh, did you hear the lovesick shepherd boy (Tatyana, Olga, Madame Larina, Nurse)
Eugene Onegin, Op. 24 (Sung in English): Act I Scene 1: My legs ache and can no longer run (Leader, Peasants, Madame Larina)
Eugene Onegin, Op. 24 (Sung in English): Act I Scene 1: In a cottage by the water (Peasants)
Eugene Onegin, Op. 24 (Sung in English): Act I Scene 1: Oh, how I love to hear the people singing (Tatyana, Olga)
Eugene Onegin, Op. 24 (Sung in English): Act I Scene 1: I'm not the sort to sit in silence (Olga)
Eugene Onegin, Op. 24 (Sung in English): Act I Scene 1: Come here, my darling Olga! (Madame Larina, Nurse, Tatyana, Peasants, Olga)
Eugene Onegin, Op. 24 (Sung in English): Act I Scene 1: Mesdames, I hope that you'll excuse me (Lensky, Onegin, Madame Larina)
Eugene Onegin, Op. 24 (Sung in English): Act I Scene 1: Now tell me, which of them's Tatyana? (Onegin, Lensky, Tatyana, Olga)
Eugene Onegin, Op. 24 (Sung in English): Act I Scene 1: How perfect, how wonderful (Lensky, Olga, Onegin, Tatyana)
Eugene Onegin, Op. 24 (Sung in English): Act I Scene 1: How I love you, I adore you, Olga (Lensky, Olga)
Eugene Onegin, Op. 24 (Sung in English): Act I Scene 1: Ah, here you are! (Madame Larina, Nurse, Lensky, Onegin)
Eugene Onegin, Op. 24 (Sung in English): Act I Scene 2: Introduction
Eugene Onegin, Op. 24 (Sung in English): Act I Scene 2: There! No more talk tonight (Nurse, Tatyana)
Eugene Onegin, Op. 24 (Sung in English): Act I Scene 2: I can't sleep, Nanny (Nurse, Tatyana)
Eugene Onegin, Op. 24 (Sung in English): Act I Scene 2: Well, let me think now (Nurse, Tatyana)
Eugene Onegin, Op. 24 (Sung in English): Act I Scene 2: To write is foolishness, I know it (Tatyana)
Eugene Onegin, Op. 24 (Sung in English): Act I Scene 2: I had to write (Tatyana)
Eugene Onegin, Op. 24 (Sung in English): Act I Scene 2: No, there could never be another (Tatyana)
Eugene Onegin, Op. 24 (Sung in English): Act I Scene 2: For you were always there beside me (Tatyana)
Eugene Onegin, Op. 24 (Sung in English): Act I Scene 2: Are you an angel (Tatyana)
Eugene Onegin, Op. 24 (Sung in English): Act I Scene 2: No, come what may (Tatyana)
Eugene Onegin, Op. 24 (Sung in English): Act I Scene 2: Ah, night is over! (Tatyana, Nurse)
Eugene Onegin, Op. 24 (Sung in English): Act I Scene 2: Then make your grandson go in secret (Tatyana, Nurse)
Eugene Onegin, Op. 24 (Sung in English): Act I Scene 3: Dear companions, come this way (Girls)
Eugene Onegin, Op. 24 (Sung in English): Act I Scene 3: Onegin! Here! To see me! (Tatyana, Onegin)
Eugene Onegin, Op. 24 (Sung in English): Act I Scene 3: You wrote a letter (Tatyana, Onegin)
Eugene Onegin, Op. 24 (Sung in English): Act I Scene 3: Were I the sort who had intended (Onegin)
Eugene Onegin, Op. 24 (Sung in English): Act I Scene 3: But try to practise self-control (Onegin, Girls)
Eugene Onegin, Op. 24 (Sung in English): Act II Scene 1: Entr'acte and Waltz
Eugene Onegin, Op. 24 (Sung in English): Act II Scene 1: This is superb! (Guests)
Eugene Onegin, Op. 24 (Sung in English): Act II Scene 1: Certainly! But why aren't you dancing? (Captain, Guests)
Eugene Onegin, Op. 24 (Sung in English): Act II Scene 1: So that's their verdict! (Onegin, Lensky, Guests)
Eugene Onegin, Op. 24 (Sung in English): Act II Scene 1: How can I have deserved to be so taunted by you? (Lensky, Olga, Onegin)
Eugene Onegin, Op. 24 (Sung in English): Act II Scene 1: By chance I 'ave with me a song (Triquet, Guests)
Eugene Onegin, Op. 24 (Sung in English): Act II Scene 1: A cette fete conviee (Triquet, Guests)
Eugene Onegin, Op. 24 (Sung in English): Act II Scene 1: Messieurs! Mesdames! (Captain) - Mazurka
Eugene Onegin, Op. 24 (Sung in English): Act II Scene 1: Why aren't you dancing, Lensky? (Onegin, Lensky, Guests, Madame Larina)
Eugene Onegin, Op. 24 (Sung in English): Act II Scene 1: Here in your house! (Lensky, Onegin, Tatyana, Olga, Madame Larina, Guests)
Eugene Onegin, Op. 24 (Sung in English): Act II Scene 1: Your challenge I accept (Onegin, Lensky, Guests, Olga)
Eugene Onegin, Op. 24 (Sung in English): Act II Scene 2: Introduction
Eugene Onegin, Op. 24 (Sung in English): Act II Scene 2: What's happened? Where can your opponent be? (Zaretsky, Lensky)
Eugene Onegin, Op. 24 (Sung in English): Act II Scene 2: How far, how far away you seem now (Lensky)
Eugene Onegin, Op. 24 (Sung in English): Act II Scene 2: Ah, here they are! (Zaretsky, Onegin, Lensky)
Eugene Onegin, Op. 24 (Sung in English): Act II Scene 2: We fight to satisfy our honour (Zaretsky, Onegin, Lensky)
Eugene Onegin, Op. 24 (Sung in English): Act III Scene 1: Polonaise
Eugene Onegin, Op. 24 (Sung in English): Act III Scene 1: Here, too, I'm bored! (Onegin)
Eugene Onegin, Op. 24 (Sung in English): Act III Scene 1: Ecossaise
Eugene Onegin, Op. 24 (Sung in English): Act III Scene 1: The Princess Gremina! (Guests, Onegin, Tatyana, Gremin)
Eugene Onegin, Op. 24 (Sung in English): Act III Scene 1: The gift of love is rightly treasured (Gremin)
Eugene Onegin, Op. 24 (Sung in English): Act III Scene 1: And now, you must be introduced to her (Gremin, Tatyana, Onegin)
Eugene Onegin, Op. 24 (Sung in English): Act III Scene 1: Is this the very same Tatyana (Onegin)
Eugene Onegin, Op. 24 (Sung in English): Act III Scene 2: Introduction
Eugene Onegin, Op. 24 (Sung in English): Act III Scene 2: Why, why did he return and write this letter? (Tatyana, Onegin)
Eugene Onegin, Op. 24 (Sung in English): Act III Scene 2: Onegin, I was then far younger (Tatyana)
Eugene Onegin, Op. 24 (Sung in English): Act III Scene 2: Ah, Tatyana! (Onegin, Tatyana)
Eugene Onegin, Op. 24 (Sung in English): Act III Scene 2: Onegin, as a man of honour (Onegin, Tatyana)
Eugene Onegin, Op. 24 (Sung in English): Act III Scene 2: Onegin! Leave me, I entreat you (Onegin, Tatyana)

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