Notes & Reviews:
Pyotr Tchaikovsky's wonderful yet rarely performed lyric and comic opera Cherevichki was initially named Vakula the Smith. Displeased with this initial version, Tchaikovsky reworked it in 1887. The opera was then staged at the Bolshoi Theatre, and its opening night became Tchaikovsky's debut as a conductor. This recording was realized in the late 1940's by the Bolshoi troupe led by conductor Alexander Melik-Pashayev and featured some of the best Bolshoi performers of the time such as Elena Kruglikova, Elizaveta Antonova, Georgy Nelepp, Andrei Ivanov, Maxim Mikhailov and others.
MusicWeb International, 4th December 2014
The music is really varied and cheerful without always reaching the melodically inspired heights of which we know Tchaikovsky is capable...The singers are first class: mezzo-soprano Antonova as the good witch Solokha is rich, firm and steady while Nelepp is surely one of the three greatest lirico-spinto Russian tenors of his generation.
Recording information: 1948.
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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: Alexander Melik-Pashaev
- Ensemble: Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra
- Running Time: 9 min. 32 sec.
- Period Time: Romantic
- Form: Opera/Operetta
- Written: 1885