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  • Conductor: Andrey Chistiakov
  • Composer: Frid
  • Audio CD (26 Aug. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Brilliant Classics
  • ASIN: B00D1HV6NO
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,043 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Opéra monologue en 2 parties / Eva Ben-Zvi, soprano - Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra - Andrey Chistiakov, direction

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Charles Voogd on 6 Nov. 2013
Format: Audio CD
This is one of the two available recordings of this amazing work, and I'm so sorry to find this disturbingly inadequate. The Russian composer Grigory Frid (1915-2012) was an amazing figure because, after composing in the so called socialist realist style, he turned his back on that around his 55th year, being attracted to twelve tone music and other contemporary techniques. That was very daring (it was around 1970) and I think he made some enemies with that. Two of his most interesting works are his monologue-operas `Van Gogh's Letters' op. 69 for male voice and chamber orchestra and `The Diary of Anne Frank' op.60 for soprano and chamber orchestra, under review here. This one is in a free tonal style which could remind you of light-Berg and it has certainly elements of Wozzeck, but influences of Krenek and Henze in grey colors aren't far away. It's a very intimate score, the soprano has much to do and is constantly acting with her voice, sometimes speaking, sometimes whispering. The problem with this recording is that the soprano voice of mrs. Ben-Zvi is totally inadequate. She attempts to characterize the mood of the many small scenes, she has many problems with Frid's writing and her high notes are shrill and wobbly, very painful. Like she steps into a bath that's way too hot. Another recording, done by Sandra Schwarzhaupt on the Profil label has the same problems, so stay away from that one too. The recording lies very close on the voice and gives the chamber orchestra not much room. Frid's not so interesting writing could have been helped by more focus on the orchestra, because here and there interesting things do happen. It's claimed that this opera is one of the most frequently performed in the world so you'd wonder why there aren't numerous adequate recordings. I really hope another enterprising company will record this (and the Van Gogh letters) in the near future. It's not impossible to find a good soprano and the orchestral demands are small.
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