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Tchaikovsky: The Oprichnik Box set

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  • Conductor: None
  • Composer: Tchaikovsky
  • Audio CD (10 Sept. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Brilliant Classics
  • ASIN: B008L62XAA
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 82,189 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Introduction
2. Come In, Do Us the Honour
3. A Duckling Was Swimming in the Sea
4. How Wearisome It Is to Spend the Whole Day
5. A Nightingale Chirps On Leafy Fronds
6. See Here If One Should Get Sad Over Such a Song!
See all 18 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Introduction
2. What Refuge Shall I Find from My Sins?
3. Brothers, Stop Being Engrossed in Godly Things!
4. No, Stay, I Come from the Czar
5. Have You Made This Choice Freely
6. Before You, Like Before God
See all 15 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Let's Run Away, Come, Let's Flee Somewhere
2. I Am Before You and Before the Lord
3. Go, Princess
4. I Deny You, Off With You, Praetorian
5. Alas, I Cannot Fully Grasp
6. Take Heart, Brother in Faith
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Product Description

An atmospheric live recording of Tchaikovsky's opera The Oprichnik, with wonderful, full blooded Russian voices, and the inimitable Gennady Rozhdestvensky conducting. Tchaikovsky wrote the libretto for the opera himself, set in the 16th Century, the tumultuous period in Russian history of Ivan the Terrible. Hardly any competition for this release, a must for the opera aficionado and Tchaikovsky fan! Extensive synopsis included in the booklet. This live recording of one of Tchaikovsky's least-known operas derives from a live production of a staging by Graham Vick in Cagliari, Sicily. It features the always quirky musicianship of Gennady Rozhdestvensky, whose musical appetite for the curio and the unfamiliar is apparently insatiable. He conducts a cast of real Russian singers, most of them stalwarts at the Bolshoi, with voices that come from the long tradition of Lisitsian, Chaliapin and Vishnevskaya, including the rich mezzo of Irina Dolzhenko and imposing bass of Vsevolod Grivnov. The opera itself tells the tale of Andrey, who joins the eponymous oprichnik (the tsar's mercenary retinue, set up to assert his power against the boyars) in order to pursue or defend a family feud. Crossed lovers and curses ensue; the end is inevitably tragic, with not only Andrey coming to a sticky end but also his widowed mother. As his first surviving completed opera, first performed in 1876,The Oprichnik is full of tell-tale signs of the great dramatic composer which Tchaikovsky would become in Eugene Onegin and The Queen of Spades.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Anthony E. Kennard on 16 Aug. 2014
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I picked up this cd from the post office at the start of a long car trip. I had no idea what it was about as I listened but was utterly enthral led by the music. Never once was I tempted to hit the skip button but the repeat button was often in play. This is no small first work and certainly does not deserve to remain hidden on a back shelf.
This is a major Russian choral opera sung here with full voiced secure Russian voices. These are thrilling performances sung at full voice by artists who understand this music.OK the orchestra isn't the Vienna State but they obviously relish every moment of this score under a great conductor.
This is obviously by the composer of "The Sleeping Beauty" and at times reminds me of the grander sections of that ballet. Forget the subtleties of "Onegin" as this is blood and thunder at its best. I would certainly relish a production of this any time rather than yet another over produced version of one of Mr Green's middle period works. Just listen to the mezzo here and wonder what she could do with Azucena, which role is a stroll in the park compared to the one here.
Do yourself a favour and just listen to this wonderful work
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By Amazon Customer on 30 July 2015
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Service great although, sadly, I didn't like the opera much.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mirrel on 2 May 2015
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Ir arrived on time aND FULFILLED ALL EXPECTATIONS.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A PLEASANT SURPRISE! 17 Sept. 2014
By boyd conrad - Published on Amazon.com
I ordered this set for the English synopsis to complement the Aquarius set from Melodia. I had read another reviewer who described the singing on this recording as "awful," so I wasn't expecting much. I was delighted to find a well sung and played performance led by one of Russia's great conductors. Both the cast and the digital stereo recording were well balanced, with the solo voices sounding natural in their relationship to both the orchestra and the chorus. Unlike many Russian recordings, the sound staging is natural, not artificial. I don't think anyone who loves Russian opera will be disappointed by this set.
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Tchaikovsky in his most gloomy and tragic 15 Jan. 2015
By Giedrius Alkauskas - Published on Amazon.com
As a sworn admirer of Rimsky-Korsakov and Mussorgsky, I always approach Tchaikovsky with some precaution and diffidence. Some of his operas are not my taste at all - like "Mazeppa" or "Charodeika" ("The enchantress"). Some of his operas are, replete with great moments and great music - "Eugene Onegin", "Queen of spades", or "Yolanta"; the latter ending with the most optimistic and spirit uplifting finale, glorification to the Sun, the bringer of Knowledge and Life. Yet, my very favourite opera by Tchaikovsky is a marvelous winter folk fantasy "Cherevichki" ("The slippers").

In this sequence, "Oprichnik" comes second just after "Cherevichki". The recording under review is the second modern (made after 1980) recording of the opera available, the first one being by G. Provarotov: Tchaikovsky. Oprichnik. Evgeni Vladimirov, Tamara Milashkina, cond. Gennadi Provatorov. In fact, Provarotov's version is with cuts, and fits into 2 CDs, while the version by G. Rozhdestvensky is a complete one, making 191 minute of music. While one usually does not associate Tchaikovsky with musorgskian plot and drama, there are really powerful moments here: for example, the whole Act 2, Tableau 2 depicting Andrei Morozov and his Oath as a member of the Oprichnina. Russian Orthodox chanting, dramatic moments, and the whole horror makes this Tableau the highlight of the whole opera. Yet, the discrepancy of Tchaikovsky as a subjective, subtle psychological character and musorgskian plot manifests itself.

So, this is a very recommended and precious recording. I would like to give 5 stars, and "Cherevichki" deserves this without any doubt: Tchaikovsky: Cherevichki (The Little Shoes), but if one compares "Oprichnik" with other historic Russian operas, like "Boris Godunov", "Khovanshchina" or "Tsar's Bride", then one finds that "Oprichnik" is great, but psychologically probably does not correspond that well to a natural talent of the composer.
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