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Stars of the Bolshoi: Elena Obraztsova Sings Arias by Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Donizetti, Verdi et al. / Elena Obraztsova, mezz-soprano; Bolshoi Theater Orchestra; Khaikin, Ermler et al.

Album Summary

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : The Maid of Orleans
>Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai : Kashchey the Deathless
>Mussorgsky, Modest : Khovanshchina
>Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai : The Tsar's Bride
>Mussorgsky, Modest : Boris Godunov
>Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai : The Snow Maiden
>Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai : Sadko
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : The Queen of Spades
>Donizetti, Gaetano : The Favorite
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Samson and Delilah
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Don Carlos
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Il trovatore
>Massenet, Jules : Werther
>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera
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Notes & Reviews:

Firma Melodiya presents a jubilee release of one of the most distinguished singers of modern times Elena Obraztsova. The release features fragments of Russian and foreign operas which make up just a portion of Elena Obraztsova's extensive repertoire numbering over eighty parts. Still, they largely convey the main features of her performing individuality, her mastery of musical dramatic transformation making us recognize the singer's voice on recordings of different years. The music by Donizetti, Verdi, Saint-Saens, Bizet, Massenet, Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov and Mussorgsky is performed to the accompaniment of the USSR Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra conducted by the outstanding maestros Boris Khaikin, Odyssey Dimitriadi, Algis iuraitis and Mark Ermler.

BBC Music Magazine, March 2015
Two operatic recitals by the famous Bolshoi prima mezzo-soprano. Her huge voice and passionately up-front delivery display more power than subtlety.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: 1965; 1966; 1968; 1970; 1987.



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>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : The Maid of Orleans :: Act I
  • Conductor: Boris Khaikin
  • Ensemble: Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra
  • Running Time: 7 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1879

>Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai : Kashchey the Deathless :: Scene 2
  • Conductor: Boris Khaikin
  • Ensemble: Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra
  • Running Time: 6 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1901-1902

>Mussorgsky, Modest : Khovanshchina :: Scene 2
  • Conductor: Boris Khaikin
  • Ensemble: Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra
  • Running Time: 5 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1872-1880

>Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai : The Tsar's Bride :: Act II
  • Conductor: Boris Khaikin
  • Ensemble: Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1898

>Mussorgsky, Modest : Boris Godunov :: Act III
  • Running Time: 3 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1896-1908

>Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai : The Snow Maiden :: Act III
  • Running Time: 3 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1880-1881

>Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai : Sadko :: Scene III
  • Running Time: 4 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1895-1896

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : The Queen of Spades :: Act I
  • Running Time: 2 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1890

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : The Queen of Spades :: Act II
  • Running Time: 8 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1890

>Donizetti, Gaetano : The Favorite :: Act III
  • Conductor: Odysseus Dimitriadi
  • Running Time: 5 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1840

>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Samson and Delilah :: Act II
  • Conductor: Odysseus Dimitriadi
  • Running Time: 6 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1859-1877

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Don Carlos :: Act III
  • Conductor: Odysseus Dimitriadi
  • Notes: Composition written: 1884.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1884

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Il trovatore :: Act II
  • Conductor: A. Juraitis
  • Running Time: 2 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853

>Massenet, Jules : Werther :: Act III
  • Running Time: 2 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera :: Act I
  • Conductor: A. Juraitis
  • Running Time: 4 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1873-1874