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Notes and Editorial Reviews
• Valerij Popov - Vakula
• Ludmila Semciuk - Solocha
• Albert Schagidullin - Bes / The Master of Ceremonies
• Vladimir Ognovenko - Cub
• Ekaterina Morosova - Oksana
• Barseg Tumanyan - Pan Golova
• Valentin Prolat - Panas
• Vladimir Okenko - Schoolmaster
• Grigory Osipov - His Serene Highness
• Pavel Cernoch - Guard
• Frantisek Zahradnicek - Old Cossack
• Fabio Bonavita - Wood Spirit
Despite Tchaikovsky’s conviction that his eighth complete opera – Cherevichki – was his ‘finest work’, deserving of a prime place in the opera repertoire, listeners outside Russia have never demonstrated the enthusiasm and appreciation that the composer evidently felt was merited. After its initial
performances, Cherevichki was not staged again during Tchaikovsky’s lifetime, but as this fine release – one of the only recordings on the market today – attests, the work is ripe for rediscovery.
A revision of the earlier work Vakula the Smith, the opera tells the story of Vakula, whose courtship of his beloved Oksana is thwarted by Bes, a devil. Oksana will only give her love in exchange for the Tsarina’s shoes, so Vakula embarks upon a journey to the palace, where he hopes to outsmart Bes’s diabolical schemes and obtain the shoes through his own cunning. Although listeners will be delighted by the moments of luminous orchestral beauty, sumptuous arias and sparkling dances that are such a familiar part of Tchaikovsky’s music, Cherevichki is surprising for its humour, which reveals the composer’s masterful talent for characterisation.
Blending comedy, fantasy, colour, elegance and allusions to Russian folksong, Cherevichki gives voice to the many facets of Tchaikovsky’s compositional skill. With this fantastic new addition to the Brilliant Classics Opera Collection, listeners can rediscover one of his forgotten operatic masterpieces, performed with skill and imagination under the esteemed direction of Gennady Rozhdestvensky.
• Recorded live in January 2000, Teatro Lirico, Cagliari, Italy.
• ‘There are plenty of emotionally intense moments, especially from Vakula, sung with tremendous feeling by Valerij Popov... The live recording balances the voices (including the excellent chorus) and orchestra very well’. 10/10 for Artistic Quality and Sound Quality. ClassicsToday.com
• Includes comprehensive booklet notes.
• English libretto available at
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Works on This Recording
The slippers by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Valentin Prolat (Tenor),
Vladimir Okenko (Tenor),
Grigory Osipov (Bass Baritone),
Albert Schagidullin (Bass),
Pavel Cernoch (Tenor),
Albert Schagidullin (Baritone),
Vladimir Ognovenko (Bass),
Valeri Popov (Tenor),
Barseg Tumanyan (Bass),
Frantisek Zahradnicek (Bass),
Ekaterina Morosova (Soprano),
Ludmila Semciuk (Mezzo Soprano),
Fabio Bonavita (Baritone)
Cagliari Theater Chorus,
Cagliari Theater Orchestra
Written: 1885; Russia
Length: 174 Minutes 46 Secs.
Average Customer Review: ( 2 Customer Reviews )
cheerful Tchaikovsky April 1, 2014
By D. McArthur (Gretna, LA) See All My Reviews
"I found this recording of Cherevichki most enjoyable. The orchestra, sound and singers are all good. The story and characters are very warm and full of human foibles. Tchaikovsky's music goes down very easily but the music of Eugene Onegin or The Queen of Spades is superior. Yet, I like Cherevichki better than these more popular operas. I think my reaction has to do with my dislike for the characters in Onegin and Pique Dame. I find the characters in Cherevichki warm and lovable. Next, I will need to move on to the Covent Garden video...If you like Tchaikovsky, go for it! The libretto is available as a download from Brilliant Classics."
Opera CD without the libretto October 23, 2012
By Dr. Stephen Schoeman (Westfield, NJ) See All My Reviews
"Tchaikovsky is an incomparable composer in a wide field of musical styles, including opera. This CD is, however, deficient because it does not include the libretto. CD's of complete operas should include the libretto for the obvious reasons. Enjoying is operas, any opera for that matter, is greatly enhanced by reading and studying the libretto."