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Melodiya presents a rare recording of Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky's opera The Queen of Spades! It is difficult to surprise a modern music lover with an unknown recording of this opera, one of the greatest masterpieces of Tchaikovsky's catalogue. Nevertheless, the Melodiya vaults have preserved a remarkable 40-year-old recording. The lead parts were performed by the up-and-coming stars of the 1970s USSR Bolshoi Theatre: Zurab Anjaparidze, Tamara Milashkina, Valentina Levko, and Yuri Mazurok. Although all these performers are now known throughout the world, this particular interpretation was a recording debut for many of them. The recording also features vocalists who were already established masters: Irina Arkhipova, Vera Firsova, Mikhail Kiselyov, and Viktor Nechipailo. The Bolshoi Orchestra and Claire are conducted by prominent maestro Boris Khaikin.
A rare recording of The Queen of Spades. Tchaikovsky's opera is an established opera house staple worldwide; the classical music market abounds in various interpretations. Nevertheless, the Melodiya vaults preserve a remarkable and in many ways unusual 40-year-old recording which was long unavailable. The lead parts were taken by up and coming stars of the USSR Bolshoi Theatre of the 1960-1970s. This particular performance was the recording debut for many of them.Notes & Reviews:
Recording information: 1967.
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Works DetailsTchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Queen of Spades, Op. 68
- Conductor: Boris Khaikin
- Ensemble: State Academic Bolshoi Theater Orchestra
- Running Time: 3 min. 8 sec.
- Period Time: Romantic
- Form: Opera/Operetta
- Written: 1890