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Shostakovich: Katerina Izmailova, opera / Andreyeva, Bulavin, Radziyevsky et al. Gennady Provatorov

Album Summary

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Katerina Izmaylova, opera, Op. 114
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

It is hard to name another opera with a fate as complicated and dramatic as that of Katerina Izmailova! In the early 1930s, Shostakovich came up with the idea of composing an opera based on Nikolai Leskov's novel Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk District, perhaps the cruelest work in Russian classical literature. Finished in 1932, the opera shocked some conservative spectators but the majority welcomed it as the first really new word in Soviet and European music theatre. For two years, it was triumphantly staged in many theaters in the USSR and abroad. However, the opera was condemned after Stalin saw it, and was banned from the stage. The ban was finally lifted in the early 1960s, when Shostakovich realized the second edition of the opera under the name Katerina Izmailova. Now, Melodiya presents the first recording of Shostakovich's opera, made at the Moscow Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Music Theatre in 1964, soon after the premiere of the second edition.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: 1964.


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Works Details

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Katerina Izmaylova, opera, Op. 114
  • Performers: E. Andreyeva (Voice); O. Borisova (Voice); E. Bulavin (Voice); Georgy Dudarev (Bass); G. Efimov (Voice); L. Eliseyeva (Voice); V. Fedorkin (Voice); V. Generalov (Voice); Nina Isakova (Mezzo Soprano); E. Korneyev (Voice); N. Kozlov (Voice); Matvei Matveyev (Voice); E. Maximenko (Voice); K. Mogilevsky (Voice); Valerij Popov (Voice); D. Potapovskaya (Voice); V. Radziyevsky (Voice); V. Shtefouts (Voice); M. Tyuremnov (Voice)
  • Conductor: Gennady Provatorov
  • Ensemble: Orchestra of the State Moscow Stanislavsky
  • Running Time: 6 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1956-1963