- Ludmila Semtschuk (Mezzo Soprano)
- Yuri Marusin (Tenor)
- Anatoly Kocherga (Baritone)
- Nicolai Ghiaurov (Bass)
- Paata Burchuladze (Bass)
- Slovak Philharmonic Chorus Bratislava
- Vienna Boys Choir
- Vienna State Opera Chorus
- Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Notes & Reviews:
This program is a live recording of Alfred Kirchner's production of Mussorgsky's 'Khovanshchina' from the Vienna State Opera. Conducted by Claudio Abbado and featuring top vocalists from Russia and Eastern Europe in all the leading roles, this production was hailed as a triumph. Arguably Mussorgsky's greatest work, 'Khovanshchina' is an opera of immense power and humanity set in the time when Peter the Great assumed power in Russia.
This program is a live recording of Alfred Kirchner's production of Mussorgsky's ""Khovanshchina"" from the Vienna State Opera. Conducted by Claudio Abbado and featuring top vocalists from Russia and Eastern Europe in all the leading roles this production was hailed as a triumph. Arguably Mussorgsky's greatest work ""Khovanshchina"" is an opera of immense power and humanity set in the time when Peter the Great assumed power in Russia.
"First of all Mussorgsky died before he finished this opera (Abbado uses the Stravinsky version prepared for Diaghilev for the final scene). Secondly, he never got to orchestrate any of it. As with Boris Godunov, Claudio Abbado opted for the Shostakovich orchestration (as opposed to Rimsky-Korsakovs). In brief, Claudio Abbado is without doubt the finest interpreter of Mussorgsky I've heard. Back in 1989 when he was music director of the Vienna State Opera he was much more forceful than in his later years, revealing the full depths of the score in what is one of his finest recordings...As one of the most beautiful operas of all time, I'd strongly recommend this DVD. For some years the only choice on the market until the release earlier this year of Stein Wingers production from Barcelona Liceu. However, this Claudio Abbado Vienna production is far superior, both musically and dramatically." - Mostly Opera
"If you want to purchase a DVD of Khovanshchina then this one has to be it; there is no competition. As luck would have it, there is little audio competition either with the exception of a Philips CD recording of a 1992 Kirov production under Valery Gergiev." - Music Web internationalNotes & Reviews:
Run Time: 172 min.
Picture Format: NTSC, 4:3, Color
Sound Format(s): Dolby 2.0,
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Works DetailsMussorgsky, Modest : Khovanshchina
- Performers: Ludmila Semtschuk (Mezzo Soprano); Yuri Marusin (Tenor); Anatoly Kocherga (Baritone); Nicolai Ghiaurov (Bass); Paata Burchuladze (Bass)
- Conductor: Claudio Abbado
- Ensemble: Vienna Boys Choir
- Period Time: Romantic
- Form: Opera/Operetta
- Written: 1872-1880