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Tchaikovsky: The Queen of Spades, opera / Zurab Anjaparidze, Irina Arkhipova, Vera Firsova, et al. Khaikin

Album Summary

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Queen of Spades, Op. 68
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

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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>Tchaikovsky, 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