This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.
Notes and Editorial Reviews
English language libretto and liner notes included.
...Somewhere in between the extremes of visceral impact and the arm's-length approach comes this new Kirov version, and in many ways the medium it strikes is a happy one. Valery Gergiev is, of course, one of the outstanding Tchaikovskians of the day—I write this with his Covent Garden Onegin fresh in my mind. Here again he persuades a thoroughly Western-sounding Kirov Theatre Orchestra to what is surely the most refined account of the score yet recorded, and one that is never lacking energy or full-blooded attack. His is not so much a compromise approach as one which stresses fatalism and underlying sadness. The recording was made in the Kirov Theatre itself, and there is
admittedly some constriction to the orchestral sound-picture. But for many I suspect the atmosphere of a real stage-venue will be a plus, and the all-important balance between voices and orchestra is just right... Gegam Grigorian brings the same impressive all-purpose ardour to Herman as he did to his Lensky at Covent Garden... [I]n many ways Gergiev's conducting elevates this new one above them all.
-- Gramophone [10/1993]
Works on This Recording
Queen of Spades, Op. 68 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Vladimir Chernov (Baritone),
Irina Arkhipova (Mezzo Soprano),
Maria Guleghina (Soprano),
Nikolai Putilin (Baritone),
Olga Borodina (Alto),
Gegam Grigorian (Tenor)
Kirov Theater Orchestra,
Kirov Theater Chorus
Written: 1890; Russia
Date of Recording: 04/1992
Venue: Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russia
Length: 166 Minutes 22 Secs.
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