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Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov Box set

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  • Performer: Anatoly Kocherga, Sergei Larin, Marjana Lipovsek, Samuel Ramey
  • Orchestra: Slovak Philharmonic Chorus, Berlin Radio Chorus
  • Conductor: Claudio Abbado
  • Composer: Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky
  • Audio CD (11 April 1994)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Classical
  • ASIN: B000026136
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 152,925 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is a highly "professional" recording of an extraordinary masterpiece and comes in a sensible performing edition consisting mainly of the 1874 version but with judicious inclusion of key passages and one scene from 1869; thus Abbado sanctions the inclusion of the longer of Pimen's accounts of the murder of the Tsarevich and the short scene in which the Simpleton tells Boris that he cannot pray for "a tsar Herod" and of course the opera concludes with the Kromy Forest scene but finally the simpleton's lament for Russia, transposed from that "Herod" scene. Thus the listener misses nothing that Mussorgsky wrote and the conflation forms a coherent and satisfying unity.

However, there are three issues with this recording which somewhat compromise its desirability: first there is the question of whether it sounds authentically Russian and to my ears, at least to begin with, it does not but more like a good, international performance,lacking the gritty, elemental passion which distinguishes truly Russian versions. This has a lot to do with the polish of the Berlin Philharmonic, who are of course masterly but almost too refined; the same might be said of Abbado's conducting, which is highly skilled but typically somehow too bland and polite - at least in the opening scenes, which is why I say above "to begin with", as I find that as the recording progresses I hear more release and gusto in the performance. Certainly the combined chorus sings on a grand scale with real abandon and injects some of the earthiness previously missing. By the time we arrive at the Clock Scene, the joint is humming and that momentum is sustained through the Polish Act. The third reservation centres upon the eponymous lead singer.
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HASH(0x897edd74) out of 5 stars My introduction to Boris Godunov. 17 Feb. 2015
By Edward White - Published on Amazon.com
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Previously unfamiliar with Boris. Know Onegin a bit and got to know Pikovaya Dama quite well as I appeared as a member of the corps de ballet in SFO's production many years ago featuring Vishnevskaya and Rostropovich. But Mussorgsky's operas were uncharted territory. Stumbled upon a youtube video from this production and was so bowled over by what Abbado did with the score that even though I wasn't really familiar with the music, I knew I had to have a copy of the complete performance. I have now listened to the entire opera several times and continue to be astonished by the power and originality of Mussorgsky's fascinating score. Truly and eye-opener and a wonderful operatic experience.
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HASH(0x89c70654) out of 5 stars NO LIBRETTO! 23 May 2013
By Bertie Wooster - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
There is no libretto in this edition. Don't be taken in by the cheap prices! Spend the extra money for this edition, which includes a libretto: Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov
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