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  • Conductor: Rozhdestvensky
  • Composer: SHOSTAKOVICH
  • Audio CD (7 July 2007)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: MELODIYA
  • ASIN: B000R31NG0
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 623,698 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Nose / The Gamblers (45 tracks on 2 CD's) - Dmitri Shostakovich

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Conductor G. Rozhdestvensky

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By Ed on 7 Nov. 2013
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This is the best version of this opera I would say - Gergiev doesn't have the feel or the atmosphere of this version
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7 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Simon R. Hughes on 7 Nov. 2008
CAN YOU BELIEVE THESE MORONS ?!

Look, everyone knows that this is the first, the best and the only recording of The Nose to have. By all accounts, Rozhdestvensky did it once and got it right.

Unfortunately, purchasing this re-issue is utterly pointless for those persons like myself who neither speak Russian nor have the LPs from the 1970s.

Can some kindly soul please scan the old documentation and post it online somewhere?

The wait goes on for the filling in of this cavernous hole in the Shostakovich discography.
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5 stars for "The Gamblers", 3.5 stars for "The Nose" 23 Jan. 2013
By Giedrius Alkauskas - Published on Amazon.com
The Gogoliana in music has a long and rich history, starting from "Vakula the Smith" by Tchaikovsky (not mentioning an earlier unfinished opera by A. Serov "May Night"), going through "Dead Souls" by R. Shchedrin, and continuing up to 2009, the bicentenial of Gogol, when V. Gergiev commissioned operas "The Carriage", "Ivan Fyodorovich Shponka" and others, and sure enough, the Gogoliana will continue, the genius of Gogol being that deep and inspiring.

The drama "The Gamblers" by Gogol is an extraordinary display of tempers, habits of that time (1830's); it is amusing, a bit depressing, and reads like a detective story, since it is obvious that somebody will outwit and deceive someone, but up to the very end I had no intuition who will. The upshot is sudden and unexpected, and very ingenious.

The opera by Shostakovich does not go that far, it uses only one third of the unaltered text, and that is where Shostakovich quit the composing of the opera. Some details why this happened are revealed in the booklet, citing G. Rozhdestvensky. Though being some kind of a comedy, the music and especially the vocal part is full of very profound moments, it is thoughtful, and goes almost as deep as "Khovanshchina" (which was orchestrated by Shostakovich a bit later) or his own symphony "Babi Yar". The scene of playing cards is encountered many times in musical literature, including "La fanciulla del West" by Puccini, "Jeu de cartes" by Stravinsky, "Love for Three Oranges" by Prokofiev. This activity has really some intrinsic fatalism, delusion, amplitude of psychology, and in "The Gamblers" this is exploited in full. The introductory theme to "The Gamblers" was also used in the beautiful sonata for viola and the piano, the last piece by Shostakovich, which I found by an accident (and, of course, this is written in the booklet too, if one reads carefully). In short, this is a very recommended opera and recording, even for those who do not understand Russian.

(Concerning "The Nose", I am not that enthusiastic. It is an extraordinary opera in many different ways, but it certainly lacks the profoundness and spiritual dimension of "The Gamblers"; but this is a very subjective opinion. You can read what other people think about it in Gergiev's recording, or You can buy this one and judge on Your own. This recording plays like a movie, though it probably does not provide a balance point for the one seeking something deep in the spirit of Gogol's masterpieces. I listen to it much more rarely than "The Gamblers").
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