Melodiya presents a recording of The Maid of Orleans, a rare opera masterpiece by Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky realized by outstanding contemporary conductor Gennady Rozhdestvensky with the great Russian singer Irina Arkhipova performing the main part. The opera was recorded by the All-Union Radio Symphony Orchestra and Choir led by Rozhdestvensky, and also features two remarkable baritones: Sergei Yakovenko as Lionel and Vladimir Valaitis as Dunois.Melodiya presents a recording of The Maid of Orleans, a rare opera masterpiece by Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky realized by outstanding contemporary conductor Gennady Rozhdestvensky with the great Russian singer Irina Arkhipova performing the main part. The opera was recorded by the All-Union Radio Symphony Orchestra and Choir led by Rozhdestvensky, and also features two remarkable baritones: Sergei Yakovenko as Lionel and Vladimir Valaitis as Dunois. Read less
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Maid of Orleansby Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky Performer:
Vladimir Valaitis (Baritone),
Evgeny Vladimirov (Bass),
Sergei Yakovenko (Baritone),
Irina Arkhipova (Mezzo Soprano),
Andrei Sokolov (Tenor)
All-Union Radio/TV Large Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic Written: 1878-1879; Russia Date of Recording: 1971
Average Customer Review: ( 2 Customer Reviews )
A Grand ShowJune 23, 2013By J. Tatnall (West Grove, PA)See All My Reviews"Tchaikovsky's operas are many and varied. The Maid of Orleans is grand historical pageant with angelic chorus, ballet, and coronation scene, as well as execution at the stake. Based mainly on Schiller's drama we know what to expect. However, the music is inspired. Melody and orchestration live up to one's expectations from this composer. The performance features Irina Arkhipova as Joan, and certainly she is the reason for this recording. A mezzo of power as well as intriguing timber, she is in a class with Vishnevskaya, Callas, and Olivero. However, casting is strong with Joan's father and betrothed properly peasante, other voices equally strong but more cultivated including tenor Vladimir Makhov and baritone Sergey Yakovenko. Gennady Rozhdestvensky conducts with passion and precision. The sound is clear stereo, but of the studio. Brass can predominate. Unlike other cd options this performance is complete. Standard cuts are opened. The recording differs from the available facsimile vocal score by Jurgenson from pre-revolutionary Russia in several places in the text (not a surprise in Soviet days) and in the endings of the last two scenes. All-in-all this is the performance to get. The Bolshoi dvd from the 90s is also a fine performance."Report Abuse
An unjustly neglected operaJune 5, 2013By LORENZO HERON PEREZ DELGADO (Las Vegas, NV)See All My Reviews"Undoubtedly Tchaikovsky's operatic fame should incrmentarse as we get to know and understand better several of his operas bit recorded on CD or DVD, such as << The Maid of Orleans, Chadoreika, Opriknik and Cherevichi, which with intelligent directors and media current sound and stage production, could give an extra gift to the balletic production enough, symphonic and chamber music as important musician. Hopefully it will be more often present with performances and recordings of the operas already mentioned."Report Abuse
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