With Boris Godunov Mussorgsky sets the stage, skillfully embodying Mother Russia in his monumental tale of Nation and Tsar at an eventful turn in history. Two more texts by Pushkin see achingly lyrical realisations by Tchaikovsky, who first tells of the callous, youn Eugene Onegin and his tragic story of illusion, disaffection and frustrated love, and then, in Pique Dame, of the soldier Hermann, who is obsessed with the aristocratic Lisa and with coaxing a winning secret from her gambling grandmother, the Queen of Spades. In Rimsky- Korsakov's The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh, his finest work for the stage, the mastei orchestrator spins a supernatural tale with the mystical flavour and steady unfold ing of a legend of redemption, while Shostakovich runs the gamut of love, lust, power and oppression 'Lady Macbeth' of Mtsensk, exploring the shadowy boundaries between victim and perpetrator. Orlin Anastassov, Bo Skovhus, Ew. Podles and Eva-Maria Westbroek shine in the title roles, as does Svetlana Ignatovich as the forest maiden Fevroniya, in vivid, opulent productions from De Nederlanse Opera and Barcelona's Liceu.
Boris Godunov Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881) Boris Godunov Orlin Anastassov Xenia Alessandra Marianelli Fyodor Pavel Zubov Children's Choir Of The Teatro Regio And The Giuseppe Verdi Conservatoire. Turin Orchestra And Chorus Of The Teatro Regio Conductor Gianandrea Noseda Director Andrei Konchalovsky Eugene Onegin Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840 - 1893) Eugene Onegin Bo Skovhus Lensky Andrej Dunaev Tatyana Krassimira Stoyanova Chorus Of De Nederlanse Opera Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Director Stefan Herheim Conductor Mariss Jansons Pique Dame Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Hermann Misha Didyk Countess Ewa Podle Lisa Emily Magee Escolania De Montserrat Chorus Intermezzo Orchestra And Chorus Of The Gran Teatre Del Liceu Conductor Michael Boder Director Gilbert Deflo The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908) Prince Yuri Vsevolodovich Vladimir Vaneev Prince Vsevolod Yuryevich Maksim Aksenov Fevroniya Svetlana Ignatovich Chorus Of De Nederlanse Opera Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor Marc Albrecht Director Dmitri Tcherniakov Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-197s) Katerina Lvovna Ismailova Eva-Maria Weste Sergey Christopher Ventris Aksinya Carole Wilson Chorus Of De Nederlanse Opera Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Conductor Mariss Jansons Director Martin