Notes & Reviews:
This live recording of one of Tchaikovsky's least known operas, in fact his earliest surviving complete opera, is bursting with full-blooded Russian voices that spin the tragedy of Andrey in the oprichnik of Ivan the Terrible. Gennady Rozhdestvensky conducts the underperformed and under-recorded work with his trademark quirky musicianship and curiosity.
American Record Guide, March / April 2013
There are some very impressive moments of choral religious music. Touches of Meyerbeer and middle-period Verdi add to the emotional atmosphere. Most of the music for Act 1 is taken from The Voyevoda. The excellent program notes go into detail about the music, adapted and original for the opera and worth hearing on occasion. It is. This 2003 stage performance at the Teatro Lirico in Cagliari is a worthy representation of the opera. The voices are big and bold, mainly of great beauty. This recording was originally on Dynamic. It is also available in a stupendous 60 CD Tchaikovsky collection issued by Brilliant.
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