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Moussorgsky: Boris Godounov / Gergiev, Kirov Opera

Release Date: 01/12/1999 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 462230   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Nikolai PutilinEvgeny NikitinLiubov SokolovaGrigory Karasev,   ... 
Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kirov Theater OrchestraKirov Theater Chorus
Number of Discs: 5 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 5 Hours 6 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This set includes both the 1869 and 1872 versions.
For those aware of the Shakespearean dramatic scope and transcendent musical modernism of Modest Mussorgsky's historical opera 'Boris Godunov,' there can never be too much of it, even when it's boxed here as two complete versions: the 1869 opera in four parts, and the much longer 1872 opera in a prologue and four acts. All that's missing are Rimsky-Korsakov's two sets of orchestrations and embellishments of his friend's work. There's ample evidence here of Mussorgsky's own skill as an orchestrator, as well as his dynamic choral writing, probing sense of character, evocative love of Slavic folk and liturgical musics, and uncanny mastery of mood.
There are, of course, more of all
Read more these elements in Mussorgsky's longer version, but the composer had cut a lovely song for the Tsar's daughter and some interesting interactions between Boris and the spooky, scheming Shuisky (wonderfully realized here by tenor Konstantin Pluzhnikov) which can be heard in this rare recording of the 1869 score. Valery Gergiev and the fine Kirov Opera make use of two different Borises. Vladimir Vaneev, in the 1872 version, is somewhat emotionally fuller, evoking the powerful Tsar's underlying and ultimately fatal guilt and fear. Read less

Works on This Recording

Boris Godunov by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Nikolai Putilin (Bass), Evgeny Nikitin (Baritone), Liubov Sokolova (Mezzo Soprano),
Grigory Karasev (Bass), Yuri Laptev (Baritone), Andrei Karabanov (Tenor),
Yevgenia Gorokhovskaya (Mezzo Soprano), Nikolai Gassiev (Tenor), Fyodor Kuznetsov (Bass),
Evgeny Akimov (Tenor), Olga Trifonova (Soprano), Zlata Bylycheva (Mezzo Soprano),
Vassily Gerelo (Baritone), Konstantin Pluzhnikov (Tenor), Nikolai Ohotnikov (Bass),
Viktor Lutsiuk (Tenor)
Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kirov Theater Orchestra,  Kirov Theater Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868-1873; Russia 
Date of Recording: 11/1997 
Venue:  Van de Omroep Music Center, Hilversum 
Length: 126 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
Notes: Ver: 1869 

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