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Tsars Bride Comp


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  • Audio CD (Oct. 12 1999)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Universal Music Group
  • ASIN: B00002DF34
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #124,721 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. The Tsar's Bride: Overture
2. The Tsar's Bride: Act I: Scene 1: 'S uma neydyot krasavitsa' (Gryaznoy)
3. The Tsar's Bride: Act I: Scene 2: 'Da vot i gosti' (Gryaznoy, Lykov)
4. The Tsar's Bride: Act I: Scene 3: 'Khozyain! Prikazal by ty' (Gryaznoy, Lykov)
5. The Tsar's Bride: Act I: Scene 3: Dance And Chorus: 'Kak za rechen'koy yar khmel' (Gryaznoy)
6. The Tsar's Bride: Act I: Scene 4: 'Zdorovo, krestnitsa' (Lyubasha, Gryaznoy)
7. The Tsar's Bride: Act I: Scene 5: 'Bomeli' (Gryaznoy, Lyubasha)
8. The Tsar's Bride: Act I: Scene 6: 'Zachem ty' (Gryaznoy, Lyubasha)
9. The Tsar's Bride: Act II: Scene 1: 'Vot Bog privyol'
10. The Tsar's Bride: Act II: Scene 2: 'Ish' vercher-to kakoy' (Marfa)
See all 14 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. The Tsar's Bride: Act II: Scene 4: 'Razvedala' (Lyubasha, Marfa, Lykov)
2. The Tsar's Bride: Act II: Scene 5: 'Vot do chego ya dozhila' (Lyubasha)
3. The Tsar's Bride: Act II: Scene 5: Allegro vivo:' Proshchay, Ivan Sergeich' (Marfa, Lykov, Lyubasha)
4. The Tsar's Bride: Act II: Scene 6: 'To ne sokoly'
5. The Tsar's Bride: Act III: Introduction
6. The Tsar's Bride: Act III: Scene 1: 'Chto Gospoda gnevit' (Lykov, Gryaznoy)
7. The Tsar's Bride: Act III: Scene 2: 'Skazhi, boyarin' (Lykov)
8. The Tsar's Bride: Act III: Scene 2: Arietta: 'Chto sdelal by' (Gryaznoy)
9. The Tsar's Bride: Act III: Scene 3: 'A vot i myod'
10. The Tsar's Bride: Act III: Scene 3: Arioso: 'Vot, batyushka, vpustili' (Lykov)
See all 21 tracks on this disc

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "sfdcan" on June 27 2003
Format: Audio CD
I think back to the day I first listened to this recording with nostalgia. This is the first Russian opera that I have listened to and I consider myself extremely lucky to have chosen this one. The music is simply gorgeous and there are some stunning vocal talents on display here.
Please forgive my superficial cliche when I say that the music sounds very "Russian" in a mesmerising way. Unlike Prokofiev and Shostakovich, which tend to be more dissonant and atonal (perhaps more typical of 20th Century music forms), this opera is heart-renchingly melodious. Again, by comparison, this is not the Bellini/Donizetti influence on other Russian compositions such as Glinka's Ruslan and Lyudmila (which sounds very "Italian" in my view). The dramatic force of the opera has been relayed by other reviewers. I only add that the haunting slavic chords do not disappoint: check out the Introduction in Scene 1 of Act 4. On to the singers.
Of ALL the Russian sopranos I have heard, Shaguch is my favourite. Her technique may not be perfect: her singing is described by some as initially "edgy" or "breathy", though this is not as off-putting as it sounds and she settles very well into her roles soon enough. But where the role calls for an innocent, young voice, MOST off-putting for me is the heavy, full rich vocals that are so RAMPANT within many recordings of Russian opera. What's worse is that this is often accompanied by a violent wobble that is forever beyond me. Shaguch, sounding every bit as Russian as she is/should, has a beautiful, youthfully sweet and compelling voice, with a moving vibrato (NOT wobble). Her interpretation of the role is immediately convincing and her mad scene is the stuff of legends!
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Purchase rather the Vizhnestkaya version. This version is not very good...Every opera I got by Gergiev I had to buy another one older but more accurate. The sound is good though.
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By Giedrius on Jan. 23 2003
Format: Audio CD
We are not supposed to discuss music, but recording.The recording is excellent, which always happens to Gergiev lately(he duly recorded Khovanshchina and War and Peace), but his operas of Rimsky-Korsakov and especially ones of Prokofiev (Semyon Kotko and Oranges). olgfa Borodina is tyhe best alto in the World!
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By Giedrius on Jan. 23 2003
Format: Audio CD
We are not supposed to discuss music, but recording.The recording is excellent, which always happens to Gergiev lately(he duly recorded Khovanshchina and War and Peace), but his operas of Rimsky-Korsakov and especially ones of Prokofiev (Semyon Kotko and Oranges). olgfa Borodina is tyhe best alto in the World!
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This is a magnificent recording and provides a great introduction to the operas of Rimsky-Korsakov. The story reminds one of Verdi or Bellini might have written in that the story revolves around betrayal, love and jealousy. The story is loosely based on an event from the reign of Ivan IV (the Terrible) whose third wife, the daughter of a Novgorod merchant) died following her wedding. The Tsar is never on stage but his eye falls upon Marfa, whom he surprisingly selects as his bride. Marfa is betrothed to Ivan Lukov but is desired by Grigory Gryaznoy, who wants to discard his current lover, Luybasha. Lyubasha is equally determined to hang onto Gryaznoy. There follows plots and counter-plots with a sinister German named Bomelius dispensing love potions and poisons.
The music is perfectly suited for the intrigue and double-dealing of the story. The famous overture sets the tone for the opera of excitement and is rousingly performed by the Kirov Orchestra. The cast in this recording is superb: Olga Borodina is terrific as Luybasha and Dmitri Horostovski makes an excellent Gryaznoy, a part that is difficult to bring off as a sympathetic villain. Marina Shaguch is great in the role of Marfa, the mad scene being particularly well sung. Valery Gergiev conducts with sensitivity for the drama of the opera and allows the singers full expression of their characters. The Kirov Opera Chorus is on top form.
The Tsar's Bride is popular in Russia but is rarely performed in western countries. I hope that it discovered by opera companies in the US but until then, we have the superb recording.
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By A Customer on Dec 13 2001
Format: Audio CD
Rimsky-Korsakov's The Tsar's Bride is one of my favorite operas. The role of Lyubasha, portrayed by Olga Borodina, is quite complex: is she a villain or not? Marfa's mad scene in the end is another highlight, filled with nostalgia and pity. Her high Ab, beautifully done by Marina Shaguch, sits over the orchestra and is filled with the emotion from the scene. Borodina's rendition of Lyubasha's song is perfectly on tune and her phrazing and tone is good as well. Hvorovstovsky's Gryaznoy is average. He is often quite sharp in the first act, and his dynamics are not as broad as I would have liked.
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