Mussorgsky wrote two times Boris. The first version wasn't used all the time in this DVD: the second act was completely rewritten ,and this recording use the second version of the second act without the parrot song. There are differences in the beginning of the second scene of the first act that weren't used here too. We have here the "second" Boris without the Polish Act and without the revolution scene . The only way to hear the first Boris is the recording of Gergiev.
Despite the edition problems this is one magnificent DVD . The singers are all very good, and the staging is very intelligent , and if we have the men with modern clothes we must remember that Russia, after the czars ,lived with other criminal as Stalin, Brejenev , and........Puttin . It is interesting : after centuries, with Czars and Emperors, Russia and China continue to have despotic governors .The mise-en-scene show that. What is particularly genial is the resemblance of the murdered child and the simpleton. If Schuisky is the bad boy in the present version we can't forget that after the false Dimitri he was the Czar .
Salminen is really fantastic, as singer and actor . And we have Kotcherga and Langridge that are fantastic too. The conductor is very good and the Chorus and the Orchestra are perfect.
After the magnificent DVD of Boris in St Petersburg, conducted by Gergiev , we have now one other first rate DVD. The first is obligatory. This other is a very good complement.
Now , with this DVD we are finally visually free from the wretched revision of Korsakow of the most important Russian opera. For the second time we have opportunity to listen in DVD the original orchestration and the original harmony of Mussorgsky.