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5.0 out of 5 stars Definitive recording of DS's operatic masterpiece, 6 Dec. 2006
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This review is from: Shostakovich: Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk (Audio CD)
I used to be a little scared of Lady Macbeth on record: it bursts out of the speakers with ferocious abandon. It was mainly thanks to Covent Garden's darkly comic production that I learned to truly love and embrace the music, even at its most seam-bursting moments. There's no denying that the experience of moving from low comedy to appalling tragedy, from dark intensity to carnivalesque uproar, within the space of one scene, is guaranteed to unnerve and destabilise the listener. But Shostakovich's projection of the life-changing highs and lows experienced by the opera's characters is never less than sincere. We should be shaken by Katerina's fate and for once Rostropovich is the perfect guide to the opera's extremes, equipped as he is with a brilliant cast and orchestra. Not for the faint-hearted by likely to become a firm favourite given its genrous blend of danceable and tearjerking scenes. Tremendous
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5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest opera of the last century, 14 Jun. 2014
This review is from: Shostakovich: Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk (Audio CD)
It amazes me that because Stalin didn't like this opera and banned it in the Soviet Union in the 1930s it remains relatively unknown and barely recorded even now. It amazes me because when I say it is the greatest 20th century opera I don't say that lightly. Murder, rape and infidelity make for a gritty mix, none of the characters are likeable but I'm gripped from the first bar. This is Shostakovich at his best, I only wish he wrote more operas.
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