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An atmospheric live recording of Tchaikovsky's opera The Oprichnik, with
wonderful, full blooded Russian voices, and the inimitable Gennady
Rozhdestvensky conducting. Tchaikovsky wrote the libretto for the opera himself,
set in the 16th Century, the tumultuous period in Russian history of Ivan the
Terrible. Hardly any competition for this release, a must for the opera
aficionado and Tchaikovsky fan! Extensive synopsis included in the booklet.

This live recording of one of Tchaikovsky's least-know­n operas derives
from a live production of a staging by Graham Vick in Cagliari, Sicily. It
features the always quirky musicianship of Gennady Rozhdestvensky, whose musical
appetite for the curio and the unfamiliar is apparently insatiable.

He conducts a cast of real Russian singers, most of them stalwarts at the
Bolshoi, with voices that come from the long tradition of Lisitsian, Chaliapin
and Vishnevskaya, including the rich mezzo of Irina Dolzhenko and imposing bass
of Vsevolod Grivnov. The opera itself tells the tale of Andrey, who joins the
eponymous oprichnik (the tsar's mercenary retinue, set up to assert his power
against the boyars) in order to pursue or defend a family feud. Crossed lovers
and curses ensue; the end is inevitably tragic, with not only Andrey coming to a
sticky end but also his widowed mother. As his first surviving completed opera,
first performed in 1876,The Oprichnik is full of tell-tale signs of the great
dramatic composer which Tchaikovsky would become in Eugene Onegin and The Queen
of Spades.

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  • Store location: North Shore, Auckland, NZ

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