Notes & Reviews:
In spite of its lukewarm reception, Tchaikovksy considered his eighth full-length opera, Cherevichki, his "finest work." Indeed, the work is filled with luminous orchestral writing, sumptuous arias, frolicsome dances, and humor, but it has continued to languish in relative obscurity. This recording, under the esteemed baton of Gennady Rozhdestvensky, seeks to change all of that with skillful and imaginative performances by the singers, chorus, and orchestra alike.
BBC Music Magazine, April 2013
A welcome return to the catalogue for Rozhdestvensky's idiomatic reading of the revised 1887 version of what is often called The Tsarina's Slippers. An all-Russian cast does the work full justice.
Personnel: Ekaterina Morozova, Valentin Prolat, Vladimir Ognovenko, Vladmir Okenko, Barseg Tumanyan, Albert Schagidullin, Valerij Popov , Pavel Cernoch, Ludmila Semciuk, Grigory Osipov, Frantisek Zahradnicek, Fabio Bonavita (vocals).
Recording information: Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, Cagliari, Italy (01/2000).
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Works DetailsTchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : The Slippers (Oxana's Caprices), comic-fantasy opera, Op. 14 (revised version of "Vakula the Smith")
- Conductor: Gennady Rozhdestvensky
- Ensemble: Orchestra del Teatro Lirico di Cagliari
- Running Time: 11 min. 38 sec.
- Period Time: Romantic
- Form: Opera/Operetta
- Written: 1885