on 5 June 2016
The strongest point of this production is the set, or rather the sets, there are 9 of them in the various locations and the artwork and props are particularly impressive.
Following closely are the costumes brilliant jewelled clothes for the elite, and plain but appropriate for the serfs and citizens. There are an awful lot of them.
The sound quality is top notch, with balance being slightly on the side of the singers.
The singers are all fine but only one hit my ears as being exceptional, and that is Alexander Fedin in the minor role of the idiot in act three. He is a remarkably clear high tenor.
The picture quality is as you would expect for 1987 rather blurred at the edges, this is not so noticeable in close-up.
I must admit that this is not my favourite story, as it seems rather disjointed, but that is not the directors fault.
The actual music is great, Mussorgsky as enhanced by Rimsky, works very well.
What information there is about the production is either on the back sleeve, or the internal sleeve with just brief scene descriptions on one side and musical sections on the other.
I have only seen one other performance and that was "the met" on sky arts, it is not available on DVD as far as I can make out, but in any case there are a wide selection of versions.