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Rimsky-Korsakov: Invisible City Of Kitezh (Naxos: 8660288-90) [Box set]

Alexander Vedernikov Audio CD
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  • Conductor: Alexander Vedernikov
  • Composer: Rimsky-Korsakov
  • Audio CD (27 Feb 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B006ZODK02
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 223,451 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Skazaniye o nevidimom grade Kitezhe i deve Fevronii (Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevroniya): Prelude: In praise of the wildernessMikhail Kazakov 3:020.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Skazaniye o nevidimom grade Kitezhe i deve Fevronii (Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevroniya): Act I: Ah, you forest, my forest (Fevronya)Mikhail Kazakov 3:380.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Skazaniye o nevidimom grade Kitezhe i deve Fevronii (Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevroniya): Act I: Where are you, my dear friends (Fevronya)Mikhail Kazakov 4:440.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Skazaniye o nevidimom grade Kitezhe i deve Fevronii (Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevroniya): Act I: I know all the forest paths (Fevronya, Prince Vsevolod)Mikhail Kazakov 7:350.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Skazaniye o nevidimom grade Kitezhe i deve Fevronii (Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevroniya): Act I: Day and night we have our service (Fevronya, Prince Vsevolod)Mikhail Kazakov 2:290.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Skazaniye o nevidimom grade Kitezhe i deve Fevronii (Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevroniya): Act I: Dearest, how can you live life without joy (Fevronya, Prince Vsevolod)Mikhail Kazakov 3:540.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Skazaniye o nevidimom grade Kitezhe i deve Fevronii (Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevroniya): Act I: Hail to thee, lips of honey (Prince Vsevolod, Fevronya)Mikhail Kazakov 3:250.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Skazaniye o nevidimom grade Kitezhe i deve Fevronii (Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevroniya): Act I: As soon as the marksman came (Chorus, Prince Vsevolod, Fevronya, Poyarok)Mikhail Kazakov 4:440.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Skazaniye o nevidimom grade Kitezhe i deve Fevronii (Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevroniya): Act II: Show them, Mikhaylushka (The bear tamer, Chorus, The ballad singer)Mikhail Kazakov 3:460.89  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Skazaniye o nevidimom grade Kitezhe i deve Fevronii (Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevroniya): Act II: Ah, my foolish children! (The ballad singer, Chorus, The bear tamer, KuteMikhail Kazakov 4:550.89  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Skazaniye o nevidimom grade Kitezhe i deve Fevronii (Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevroniya): Act II: Gracious benefactors (Chorus, Kuterma, Poyarok, Fevronya)Mikhail Kazakov 7:310.89  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Skazaniye o nevidimom grade Kitezhe i deve Fevronii (Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevroniya): Act II: Do not sin, God allows a good word (Fevronya, Kuterma, Poyarok, Chorus)Mikhail Kazakov 3:300.89  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Skazaniye o nevidimom grade Kitezhe i deve Fevronii (Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevroniya): Act II: Over the bridges of guelder-tree (Female Chorus, Bedyay, Burunday)Mikhail Kazakov 4:020.89  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Skazaniye o nevidimom grade Kitezhe i deve Fevronii (Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevroniya): Act II: There will be no such beauty in the steppes (Burunday, Bedyay, Chorus, KuMikhail Kazakov 4:140.89  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Skazaniye o nevidimom grade Kitezhe i deve Fevronii (Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevroniya): Act II: Stop, you godless heathens! (Kuterma, Chorus, Bedyay, Burunday, Fevronya)Mikhail Kazakov 2:290.89  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

Samples
Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Skazaniye o nevidimom grade Kitezhe i deve Fevronii (Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevroniya): Act III Scene 1: Good fortune to you, citizens of Kitezh (Poyarok, Chorus, PrinceMikhail Kazakov 6:120.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Skazaniye o nevidimom grade Kitezhe i deve Fevronii (Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevroniya): Act III Scene 1: God still preserves Greater Kitezh (Chorus, Poyarok, Prince VsevMikhail Kazakov 3:310.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Skazaniye o nevidimom grade Kitezhe i deve Fevronii (Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevroniya): Act III Scene 1: Oh glory, vain wealth! (Prince Yury)Mikhail Kazakov 4:410.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Skazaniye o nevidimom grade Kitezhe i deve Fevronii (Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevroniya): Act III Scene 1: Wondrous queen of heaven (Chorus, Prince Yury, Page)Mikhail Kazakov 6:230.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Skazaniye o nevidimom grade Kitezhe i deve Fevronii (Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevroniya): Act III Scene 1: Wondrous queen of heaven (Chorus, Page)Mikhail Kazakov 3:010.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Skazaniye o nevidimom grade Kitezhe i deve Fevronii (Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevroniya): Act III Scene 1: God's will be done (Prince Yury, Prince Vsevolod, Chorus)Mikhail Kazakov 3:040.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Skazaniye o nevidimom grade Kitezhe i deve Fevronii (Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevroniya): Act III Scene 1: What are we standing about for, sisters? (Female Chorus, Page, PMikhail Kazakov 5:400.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Skazaniye o nevidimom grade Kitezhe i deve Fevronii (Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevroniya): Act III Scene 1: Entr'acte: The Battle near KerzhenetsMikhail Kazakov 4:330.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Skazaniye o nevidimom grade Kitezhe i deve Fevronii (Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevroniya): Act III Scene 2: Here is the oak grove (Kuterma, Burunday, Bedyay, Chorus)Mikhail Kazakov 2:080.89  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Skazaniye o nevidimom grade Kitezhe i deve Fevronii (Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevroniya): Act III Scene 2: Don't worry! We shan't touch you (Bedyay, Burunday, Chorus)Mikhail Kazakov 5:590.89  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Skazaniye o nevidimom grade Kitezhe i deve Fevronii (Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevroniya): Act III Scene 2: It was not hungry ravens (Chorus, Burunday)Mikhail Kazakov 2:210.89  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Skazaniye o nevidimom grade Kitezhe i deve Fevronii (Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevroniya): Act III Scene 2: Ah, my dear husband, my hope! (Fevronya, Kuterma)Mikhail Kazakov 3:440.89  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Skazaniye o nevidimom grade Kitezhe i deve Fevronii (Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevroniya): Act III Scene 2: No, that accursed ringing (Kuterma, Fevronya)Mikhail Kazakov 5:420.89  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Skazaniye o nevidimom grade Kitezhe i deve Fevronii (Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevroniya): Act III Scene 2: Ah, folks, at liberty (Kuterma, Chorus)Mikhail Kazakov 4:050.89  Buy MP3 


Disc 3:

Samples
Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Skazaniye o nevidimom grade Kitezhe i deve Fevronii (Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevroniya): Act IV Scene 1: Oh, I can't go on (Fevronya, Kuterma)Mikhail Kazakov 4:330.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Skazaniye o nevidimom grade Kitezhe i deve Fevronii (Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevroniya): Act IV Scene 1: Well, let's go pray if you want (Kuterma, Fevronya)Mikhail Kazakov 4:000.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Skazaniye o nevidimom grade Kitezhe i deve Fevronii (Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevroniya): Act IV Scene 1: What's happening to me? (Kuterma, Fevronya)Mikhail Kazakov 4:350.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Skazaniye o nevidimom grade Kitezhe i deve Fevronii (Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevroniya): Act IV Scene 1: Let me see: what pretty flowers (Fevronya, Alkonost)Mikhail Kazakov 8:36Album Only
Listen  5. Skazaniye o nevidimom grade Kitezhe i deve Fevronii (Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevroniya): Act IV Scene 1: Is that you, radiant light of my eyes? (Fevronya, Ghost of PrinceMikhail Kazakov 4:290.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Skazaniye o nevidimom grade Kitezhe i deve Fevronii (Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevroniya): Act IV Scene 1: The bridegroom has come (Sirin, Fevronya)Mikhail Kazakov 2:370.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Skazaniye o nevidimom grade Kitezhe i deve Fevronii (Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevroniya): Act IV Scene 1: He who partakes of our bread (Ghost of Prince Vsevolod, Fevronya)Mikhail Kazakov 2:430.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Skazaniye o nevidimom grade Kitezhe i deve Fevronii (Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevroniya): Act IV Scene 2: The Lord promised those who seek (Sirin, Alkonost, Chorus)Mikhail Kazakov 4:370.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Skazaniye o nevidimom grade Kitezhe i deve Fevronii (Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevroniya): Act IV Scene 2: Radiant kingdom! (Fevronya, Chorus, Prince Vsevolod)Mikhail Kazakov 5:010.89  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Skazaniye o nevidimom grade Kitezhe i deve Fevronii (Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevroniya): Act IV Scene 2: I bow to you, righteous people (Fevronya, Prince Yury, Prince VseMikhail Kazakov 6:090.89  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Skazaniye o nevidimom grade Kitezhe i deve Fevronii (Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevroniya): Act IV Scene 2: Ah, my faithful bride (Prince Vsevolod, Fevronya, Prince Yury, PoMikhail Kazakov 7:500.89  Buy MP3 


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Tatiana Monogarova is very fine in the role of Fevronya; it's hard to think of who might sing it better these days.**** --Guardian,22/03/12

The penultimate Rimsky-Korsakov opera is full of gorgeous music... this live recording... will do very nicely. Superbly conducted by Alexander Vedernikov. --Tully Potter Daily Mail 7th September 2012

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Mikhail Kazakov (Prince Yury Vsevolodovich) - Vitaly Panfilov (Prince Vsevolod Yuryevich) - Tatiana Monogarova (Fevronya) - Mikhail Gubsky (Grishka Kuterma)... Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Lirico di Cagliari - Alexander Vedernikov, direction

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kitezh redeemed 3 Mar 2012
Format:Audio CD
This is a superb issue and an astonishing bargain. Although no translation of the libretto is available (a serious handicap in this work), I am compelled to give 5 stars for the generally excellent performance.

I suppose the opera can hardly be classified as neglected nowadays; with two commercially available stereo recordings, it seems we live in a golden age of opportunity. Once the only recording was the ancient mono 1940s Soviet studio recording - in many ways magnificent - and it wasn't recorded again until 1986 (by Sir Edward Downes for the BBC; alas never commercially released). Since then there have been at least four live recordings: Svetlanov (complete, but ill-tuned and distractingly noisy), Fedoseyev (who butchers the score by a third), Gergiev (lovingly conducted, complete, but poorly recorded and disappointedly sung). Now at last we have this splendid Bolshoi/Cagliari collaboration.

Vedernikov may not conduct with the fire and drama of Gergiev, but like Gergiev and co. (and unlike Fedoseyev) he does insist on the opera being given absolutely complete. And there is much to enjoy in his more understated account of this often dream-like, symbolist work, even if the searing poetry of Fevronia's death scene isn't fully exploited.

The singing is generally splendid, with the truly magnificent Tatiana Monogarova simply unmatched in her ravishingly sensual yet pure interpretation of Fevronia's ecstatic and rhapsodic music. All the roles are well taken, and if the chorus are less resplendent than with Gergiev's Kirov recording, they are better recorded.

This performance was recorded (and filmed) live with Bolshoi artists in Cagliari. The DVD is to be avoided: the pretentious and distracting production complicates an already convoluted story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Splendid City of Kitezh 11 Nov 2012
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I'm inclined to agree with 5 star review by Mr Mayhew. This is a wonderful bargain of a beautiful, unjustly neglected work. Another reviewer criticised the sound quality. I can't honestly hear what the problem is. The sound is more than acceptable for a live recording, and as far as the voices are conceerned, it is superb.

The singers are not all uniformly outstanding; King Yuri's aria requires more legato than Kazakov musters here. But Tatiana Monogarova was simply born to sing the role of Fevronya: she is glorious in every respect - youthful, powerful, warm-toned and expressive - as near to perfection as one could wish for. The rest of the cast are never less than good, some a little better than that. Vedernikov conducts prudently rather than with passion, but creates his own hypnotic spell in the extraordinary fourth act, with it's glimpse of paradise.

There's more stage noise than I would like - oh how I long for a modern studio recording! But I can't imagine a better Fevronya, and these CDs have afforded me a great deal of pleasure.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Major disapointment 6 April 2012
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Since the opera got max stars from the last reviewer I was all geared for this rarity being an admirer of the composer and just never had second thoughts of the review or of a Naxos recording. No matter how well the performance might be artistically it is still not able to outweigh the overall bad recording quality, which is rare to find among the Naxos CD's. Like above reviewer I do not mind a certain amount of unavoidable stage noise. With this opera I however find it a bit over my personal treshold, but worst of all I find the sound quality extremely poor .You almost get the impression the recording was made in a very confined space lined with heavy woolen blankets, no feeling of acoustic spaciousness.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A welcome release 21 Mar 2013
By Giedrius Alkauskas - Published on Amazon.com
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I will not write about the music - for me, "Kitezh" belongs to the very Olympus of operatic and humanistic masterpieces. Luckily for us, opera lovers, there are many operas in the Olympus.

Concerning this recording, it is also very welcome decision to separate video from the sound. The director, Eimuntas Nekrosius, is my co-patriot. I have seen his productions of "Die Walküre" and "Otello" in Vilnius, and in fact this "Kitezh" follows the same ideas of his - the production is filled with various frustrating symbols, movements, gestures. Symbology has a profound effect, it deeply moves me, but not in such an annoying way. It is sad that directors, formerly unfamiliar with music and the Art of the Opera in general (and sometimes insensitive to it) are asked to make a production. Regie-theater saddens me deeply. Rimsky-Korsakov was very consistent in putting precise instructions in the beginning of the score, and our admiration for the Genius of Rimsky-Korsakov forces us to gratify these instructions literally.

Concerning the sound, I agree with another reviewer, Scott. The recording even catches some parts in the orchestra which are obscure or missing in, say, Gergiev's live recording (which is very good, too). It is welcome addition to Gergiev, Nebolsin and Svetlanov recordings. I especially enjoy here Grishka Kuterma (more restrained and not so emotional as V. Galuzin in Gergiev's) and Prince Yuri (having an amplitude as deep as Ivan Petrov in Nebolsin's). However, at some points it is worrying that chorus do not know the precise words, and at few places chorus and the soloist sing different verses, when they are supposed to sing the same ("Podnialasia s polunochi", and the song about "Brazhniki"). It is nice that archaic language was preserved, including church slavonisms. Though, it is not thoroughly consistent - choir sings "tsareva", "sestry", Feodor Poyarok pronounces "temen", but keeps "viorst" instead of "verst".

Summarizing, this is a very welcome release! Well, we still wait for a 5-star worth studio recording.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rimsky would be proud! 12 Nov 2012
By Scott H Hawkins - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I just finished listening to this recording. I was amazed by it. The recording was made from two performances in May of '08. To get such a fine end result with only two performances from which to work is a great risk to take. Naxos took the risk and the results are extraordinary. The sonics are beautifully clean. There is some (but not much) stage action to be heard and it is not intrusive but rather amplifies the telling of the story. The orchestra playing is excellent and at the end of the recording with the closing chorale and the repetition of the bells in the orchestra it makes one imagine that one can indeed see the shimmering cloud that guards the invisible city. The soloists are, without exception, quite magnificent. These are younger singers than one is used to hearing on the established recordings of the 1950's Soviet era. Perhaps it is because of their relative youth that there is a sense of urgency in the telling of the tale here. There are no pitch problems or pedantic conducting to be found here as mars the Philips recording from the Mariinsky. I still own the Nebolsin recording and would not wish to be without it but this recording is on a par with it. It is a most welcome entry to the catalogs and to my shelf. I give a heartfelt Thank You to all the artists who made these performances come to life and to Naxos for making the recording possible.
0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars No Libretto 28 Mar 2013
By Roger W. Farnsworth - Published on Amazon.com
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I desire to have the libretto printed in the booklet that accompanies the CD. I do not need advertisements nearly as much! The CD itself is fine.

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