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Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin / Solti, Weikl, Kubiak, Burrows

Tchaikovsky / Weikl / Kubiak / Roh / Solti
Release Date: 09/24/2002 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 071124  
Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Michel SénéchalTeresa KubiakJulia HamariStuart Burrows,   ... 
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Director Petr Weigl is celebrated for his sumptuous opera films, using magnificent natural settings and casting photogenic actors in the principal roles. To support his beautiful cinematography he utilises leading opera recordings, and for his spectacular film of Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin he turned to the distinguished Decca recording, conducted by Sir Georg Solti. The result offers “the best of both worlds” — a superb film (similar to the recent feature film Onegin with Ralph Fiennes) married to an acclaimed audio recording.

On the musical side, the golden-voiced Teresa Kubiak is gently moving as Tchaikovsky's heroine, Tatyana (famous for her poignant Letter Scene), Bernd Weikl brings an authentic Slavonic colour to
Read more Onegin, and Stuart Burrows's doomed Lensky is one of the tenor's finest performances. Sir Georg Solti captures the full range of Tchaikovsky's emotionally-charged score, and delivers vivid performances of such highlights as the opera's celebrated Waltz and Polonaise.

In the interests of dramatic concision, Petr Weigl's film begins a little way into the opera — for this DVD release, the opening Prelude and Quartet have been restored (in audio only), offering the viewer an optional, extra dimension to the opera. Also included on the DVD are subtitles in no less than six languages and a new 5.1 DTS Digital surround sound. Eugene Onegin joins Gergiev's Kirov production of Pique Dame and Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov as major Russian operas newly on DVD.

Running Time: 1:56:00. Subtitles: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Chinese.

Teresa Kubiak (Tatyana)
Petr Weigl (Director)
Bernd Weikl (Onegin)
Stuart Burrows (Lensky)
Nicolai Ghiaurov (Gremin)
Julia Hamari (Olga)
Michel Sénéchal (Triquet)
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Works on This Recording

Eugene Onegin, Op. 24 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Michel Sénéchal (Tenor), Teresa Kubiak (Soprano), Julia Hamari (Alto),
Stuart Burrows (Tenor), Bernd Weikl (Bass), Nicolai Ghiaurov (Bass)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877-1878; Russia 

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 a really great opera August 14, 2014 By Denton Moers (Houston, TX) See All My Reviews "this is really one of the best operas I have seen. it was really very good. I have developed a liking for Russian opera.-----Denton Moers" Report Abuse
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