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Sadko [Box set]

Rimsky-Korsakov Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (20 Sep 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Preiser
  • ASIN: B0007DDPP2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 587,171 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. The Blue Okian Sea (Sadko)Bolshoi Theatre Chorus & Orchestra 2:130.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. We are assembled, merchant traders (sung in russian) (Sadko)Bolshoi Theatre Chorus & Orchestra 3:220.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Tune up your strings (sung in russian) (Sadko)Bolshoi Theatre Chorus & Orchestra 4:050.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. This a beautiful day in the middle of the day (sung in russian) (Sadko)Bolshoi Theatre Chorus & Orchestra 2:230.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. If I had a hoard of gold (sung in russian) (Sadko)Bolshoi Theatre Chorus & Orchestra 4:050.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. How young Sad - Sadko, good fellow (sung in russian) (Sadko)Bolshoi Theatre Chorus & Orchestra 3:150.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. In great Novgorod there lived a simpleton (sung in russian) (Sadko)Bolshoi Theatre Chorus & Orchestra 4:340.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Oh, you dark little grove! (sung in russian) (Sadko)Georgi Nelepp 6:200.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Ah - ah - ah - Come out of the blue lake (sung in russian) (Sadko)Bolshoi Theatre Chorus & Orchestra 4:300.69  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Strike up, my gusli (sung in russian) (Sadko)Bolshoi Theatre Chorus & Orchestra 3:180.69  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Your tresses shine with mellifluous dew (sung in russian) (Sadko)Bolshoi Theatre Chorus & Orchestra10:03Album Only
Listen12. The moon, golden - horned, wanes beyond the dark woods (sung in russian) (Sadko)Bolshoi Theatre Chorus & Orchestra 4:030.69  Buy MP3 
Listen13. All night I have waited for him in vain (sung in russian) (Sadko)Mark Reizen 5:550.69  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Ah, has a wonder really befallen me (sung in russian) (Sadko)Ilya Bogdanov 6:430.69  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Look, free people (sung in russian) (Sadko)Ilya Bogdanov 9:34Album Only
Listen16. I bow to you, distinguished merchants (sung in russian) (Sadko)Ilya Bogdanov 7:540.69  Buy MP3 
Listen17. On Lake Ilmen, on the steep bank stands a hut (sung in russian) (Sadko)Ilya Bogdanov 5:420.69  Buy MP3 
Listen18. On the terrible rocks the waves break with a roar (sung in russian) (Sadko)Ilya Bogdanov 3:440.69  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Innumerable are the diamonds in the stone caves (sung in russian) (Sadko)Ilya Bogdanov 5:070.69  Buy MP3 
Listen20. City of stone, mother to all cities (sung in russian) (Sadko)Ilya Bogdanov 4:340.69  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Ah, make your way to glorious Venice (sung in russian) (Sadko)Ilya Bogdanov 2:390.69  Buy MP3 
Listen22. The high, 'ts the celestial height (sung in russian) (Sadko)Ilya Bogdanov 2:380.69  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Lo how on the sea, on the blue sea thirty ships are sailing (sung in russian) (Sadko)Mark Reizen 6:060.69  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Ho, my faithful bodyguard, my subordinates! (sung in russian) (Sadko)Mark Reizen 4:390.69  Buy MP3 
Listen25. Is that singing (sung in russian) (Sadko)Mark Reizen 2:520.69  Buy MP3 
Listen26. Deep dephts, Okian Sea (sung in russian) (Sadko)Mark Reizen 2:220.69  Buy MP3 
Listen27. Terrible, broad blue sea (sung in russian) (Sadko)Mark Reizen 2:230.69  Buy MP3 
Listen28. Well, Sadko, you are clever at singing and playing! (sung in russian) (Sadko)Ilya Bogdanov10:22Album Only
Listen29. Strike up your ringing gusli (sung in russian) (Sadko)Elisaveta Antonova 1:480.69  Buy MP3 
Listen30. Glorious, terrible Sea King (sung in russian) (Sadko)Elisaveta Antonova 3:330.69  Buy MP3 
Listen31. Ah, you have not danced in time, terrible Sea King (sung in russian) (Sadko)Vera Davidova 6:140.69  Buy MP3 
Listen32. My dearest one (sung in russian) (Sadko)Ivan Kozlovsky 2:580.69  Buy MP3 
Listen33. Slumber steals over the bank (sung in russian) (Sadko)Ilya Bogdanov 6:210.69  Buy MP3 
Listen34. Ah, I am miserable, so miserable (sung in russian) (Sadko)Ilya Bogdanov 3:030.69  Buy MP3 
Listen35. Ah, greetings to you, my belovd husband (sung in russian) (Sadko)Ilya Bogdanov 4:220.69  Buy MP3 
Listen36. Glory to the ancient (sung in russian) (Sadko)Ilya Bogdanov 2:430.69  Buy MP3 

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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This remarkable performance of 'Sadko' is something of a classic - it is no coincidence that, since the introduction of the CD, it has always retained a toe-hold on the record catalogues in the West via one label or another.

Georgi Nelepp is a fine Sadko and his ringing, heroic voice marks him out as someone quite different in sound from the other celebrated Russian tenors of that era, such as Koslovsky or Lemeshev. His talent was recognised in Leningrad during the 1940s before he became a member of the Bolshoi; sadly he died relatively young, in his early fifties, but not before he had made some fine recordings that bear witness to his exceptional acting and vocal abilities.

If I have concentrated thus far on the lead role, that is not to suggest that the high quality of this recording is solely due to Nelepp; he stands at the head of what is an exceptional set of performers by any standards. The small but important roles of the Varangian, Indian and Venetian merchants are sung by Mark Reizen, Ivan Koslovsky and Pavel Lisitsian respectively - this is luxury casting indeed and all three deliver singing that demonstrates why they are still held in such high esteem as exemplars of the Russian operatic tradition. Shumskaya, the Bolshoi's lead soprano of the day, makes for a beautifully portrayed Volkhova - her duet with Nelepp in Tableau Two is especially lovely and so is her rendition of the Sea Princess's justly famous lullaby in the final tableau.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Low sample rate in the MP3 version 13 Sep 2011
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J A Peacock is entirely right in his assessment of this excellent performance, which far outshines the modern Gergiev set which I also own (though the sound there is obviously far better). The only point that I would add is that the MP3 download offered by Amazon is very low resolution : the stereo files (why? the recording is mono!) average about 150 kbps VBR. Still, it is very cheap to download (it cost me a fiver for the complete opera), so it remains decent value.

Also worth investigating in the same Preiser series : Kondrashin's well-cast recording of Ruslan and Ludmila Ruslan and Ludmilla : same reservations about the bit-rate, but similarly cheap!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Legendary Sadko 3 April 2007
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This inestimable recording is one of the supreme performances to have emerged from the Soviet Union. It features blazing stellar lights of the Bolshoi, and is lead by the stupendous Nikolai Golovanov, one of the most gifted and exciting conductors of the 20th century.

Golovanov breathes life into this series of episodes in the legendary story of the hero Sadko. Myth comes alive in the hands of these great artists, as the opera sweeps through the saga of the enterprising, and quite capitalistic figure, the singing adventurer Sadko, who wants to broaden the commercial market of the free city of Novgorod.

Sadko is a bit of a Russian Tannhauser, a singer whose beautiful voice captivates both a human woman and a magical goddess, in this case the daughter of the Sea King. She's quite the catch for Sadko, since she resolves the duplicity of his love life by turning herself into a river that allows the free citizens of Novgorod to travel the seas with their wares.

In this pagan tale, there is no guilt or punishment for Sadko's dallying with the magical princess. He's rewarded for his gifts as an artist and visionary global businessman with great personal wealth and fame. No religious culpability here in this tale of wonder brought to the stage by the brilliant opera composer Rimsky-Korsakov.

The cast, chorus and orchestra are literally on fire. There is such excitement, such glorious singing in this recording that I never tire of listening to it. The other extant recordings of Sadko pale by comparison. Gergiev, Svetlanov and Simonov can't hold a candle to Sadko in the hands of the master. Rimsky-Korsakov - Sadko / Vladimir Galouzine, Gegam Grigorian, Sergei Alexashkin, Larissa Diadkova, Nikolai Putilin, Valery Gergiev, Kirov Opera / Rimsky-Korsakov: Sadko

The real heroes in this recording are many. Georgi Nelepp, the Bolshoi's leading dramatic tenor of this era, has a voice of such strength and vocal beauty one can only wonder why he wasn't more well known in the West. A kind of Russian Jussi Bjorling, Nelepp's nuanced voice is gorgeous from ringing top to sensuous bottom - big, expressive, heroic and under control. The other cast members who make this a dream of a recording are also famous Soviet artists of this era: Ivan Kozlovsky, Mark Reizen and Pavel Lisitsian make cameo appearances in the famous market place scene.

And of course, there's Golovanov, the master. A more exciting conductor could not be found. He was the head waters from which flowed the great opera conducting tradition which ran through Melik-Pashayev, Khaikin, Kondrashin, and Ermler.

In keeping with the mythological nature of this opera, there is something archetypal about this recording. All the voices are perfect for the roles, the chorus is tight, dramatic and powerful, and the conducting is thrilling throughout the dramatic unfolding of the legend.

This recording has appeared and disappeared on various labels. Currently this is one of the only versions available for purchase.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 26 Dec 2009
By Marvin B. Kujawski - Published on Amazon.com
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The performances on this cd are brilliant, particularly those of Lisitsian, Nlepp, and Koslovsky. The sound quality is amazing! I have thoroughly enjoyed this performance countless times and never tire of lt; neither will you! I strongly reccommend it!
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