What can I say: this is simply a gem at bargain price. As opposed to the previous reviewer I was never too too interested in the libretto ( most are a bit on the verge of boring and uninspiring anyway), but if you are a bit like me in that respect then you here have an absolute gem as far as quality of music,singing and recording are concerned. Highly recommendable. Frits Bossen
I love this music and the playing and singing is fine. The recording is OK, but the booklet in quite unsatisfactory. Fortunately I have the old `La vie pour le Tsar' ( which is the same as Ivan Susanin) with Boris Christoff and conducted by Igor Markevitch; not as complete, but although mono from 1959, still one to cherish. And the booklet gives you ample information and text in french which could be a problem for some.