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Tchaikovsky: Pique Dame / Rostropovich, Resnik, Weikl, et al

Album Summary

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

Notes & Reviews:

The Telegraph
...Peter Gougaloff's performance on this Seventies recording viscerally traces [Herman's] demise from passionate suitor of Liza to deadly tormentor of the Countess and final descent into insanity...The dramatic weight is enhanced by Rostropovich's taut handling of the orchestral introduction, with its suggestions of Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony, and in such turbulent passages as the Act 1 storm scene. Galina Vishnevskaya, at the height of her powers, is both touching and trenchant as the hapless Liza, Hanna Schwarz's cosseting voice the perfect foil as her confidante, Polina. Bernd Weikl is deeply moving in Yeletsky's famous Act 2 aria. Regina Resnik's embittered Countess is rendered all the more sinister by the use of echo effects.


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Works Details

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Queen of Spades, Op. 68
  • Performers: Bernd Weikl (Baritone); Galina Vishnevskaya (Soprano); Lucia Popp (Voice); Regina Resnik (Mezzo Soprano); Dimiter Petkov (Bass); Hanna Schwarz (Mezzo Soprano); Dan Iordachescu (Baritone); Rudolf Sutey (Baritone); Peter Gougaloff (Tenor); Heinz Kruse (Tenor); Fausto Tenzi (Tenor); Christine Mitlehner (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Mstislav Rostropovich
  • Ensemble: Orchestre de France
  • Running Time: 3 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1890