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on 22 April 2011
Ruslan and Lyudmilla is a wonderful russian fairy tale, a 1995 production featuring the then young Anna Netrebko as Lyudmilla. A Mega production, full of colour, sorcery and romance. Conducted by Gergiev. You need some stamina it is four and a half hours long, but comes in two discs. If you don't know Russian opera, it is a good one to start with. Tchiakovsky described this opera as 'the Tsar of operas'.
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on 15 July 2011
This gets off to good start with a clear, crisp and breakneck speed overture, but when the curtain goes up, the set and the costume, and the number of people on stage are breathtaking.
The artistes, well Netrebko is her usual crystal clear self, Ognovenko is a dark browned voice base, unusual methinks for a hero, and two other bases Bezzubenkov and Kit are no less pleasing. Diadkova a rich contralto as Ratmir ( the bearded lady) has a remarkable lower register. Gorkachova is a match for Netrebko but with a fuller sound, and the duets with Diadkova were brilliant, the voices most complementary. The two tenors are also worthy of comment, having very bright sounds which left me wanting more.
To nit pick the act 3 ballet was uninspired, I nodded off, to counterbalance the act 4 ballet was excellent. For my second nit the short sequence of Ruslan and Chernomor seemed incongruous. Certainly this is worth the 5 stars. The accompanying booklet is informative wih interesting background notes and act by act synopsis and an act by act headliner for the individual subscenes.
There are three extras on the disc, interview wwith Gergiev, a potted history of Gergeiev and trailers. Well worth the money.
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on 2 December 2014
A lavish production ( eat your hearts out Covent Garden opera goers who I regard as being short changed in recent years) with a young Netraboko along with a superb cast and Valery Gregiev in command of the music. A new comer to Russian opera I urge you, buy and try, this will knock your socks off.
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on 6 February 2015
A superb disc - wonderful music, superb singing. Pity it took a month to arrive.
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on 17 November 2015
It more than lived up to expectations production and the cast were superb
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on 29 April 2011
This a very good opera.
The singing & scenes SUPERB
Between the 2 Glinka operas I prefer 2 "A life for the Tsar"
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on 9 May 2016
Excellent as usual
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on 6 January 2016
I had no problem
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on 3 February 2015
came on time, excellent service - sadly the opera itself is heavy going - still you can't win them all...!
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on 16 September 2012
This Vinyl LP is excellent, and one which I owned many years ago. It captures the very spirit of Spain's history, especially as I lived in Barcelona, Spain for three years in the 1970's. very good recording!
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