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Kresimir Baranovic - Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov (CD DOUBLE SLIMLINE CASE)

Kresimir Baranovic - Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov (CD DOUBLE SLIMLINE CASE)
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Kresimir Baranovic - Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov (CD DOUBLE SLIMLINE CASE)

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Kresimir Baranovic - Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov (CD DOUBLE SLIMLINE CASE)

A first release on CD for the first recording in stereo of Mussorgsky's epic tragedy.

With this and six companion issues, Eloquence makes available for the first time on CD the seven complete Russian operas recorded in 1955 by Decca with the company of the Belgrade Opera.

Fresh from a successful tour of Boris Godunovin Switzerland the previous year, the Belgrade Opera in 1955 was keen to make an impression on an international public. At the same time, the Decca company perceived a cost-effective but artistically assured opportunity to expand both its small but rapidly growing stereo catalogue (launched the previous year with Ansermetand the Orchestrede la Suisse Romande) and its opera discography with classics of the Russian opera repertoire which it had previously not been possible to recordinthe original language.

In the event, the stereo versions were held back for the US market and only released in Europe in the 1960s, by which time the Belgrade Opera had acquired an international reputation for excellence thanks both to the mono issues and to its extensive touring schedule, which took in all the major European operatic centres. The Boris on their recording was Miroslav Čangalović, who became known as a latterdayChaliapin in the part, among the most renowned exponents of his generation. In a 'house' version of the opera, incorporating portions of the 'Polish' third act in Rimsky-Korsakov's orchestration, Čangalovićwas joined by other stalwarts of the company such as MelanijaBugarinović, who also won acclaim as Erdaat Bayreuth around this time, and ŽarkoCvejićas a magnificently sonorous and sinister Varlaam.

The booklet for this newly remastered release prints both a synopsis and an essay by Peter Quantrill giving full historical context to the Belgrade opera recordings.

'The outstanding principal is Miro Brajnik, possessor of a fine, ringing tenor. His is the most compelling Dmitri on records.' High Fidelity, March 1957

'The minor characters are well differentiated and well sung. The chorus is splendid and extremely well recorded. The various planes of sound are brilliantly engineered, creating the illusion of distant pilgrims, passing monks, the immediacy of a big crowd and especially the great bells' clangour. The Revolutionary scene is magnificent choral recording and here Baranovicis splendidly vigorous.' Opera, October 1958

Tracklistings:

MODEST MUSSORGSKY

Boris Godunov

Opera in a prologue and four acts

Libretto by the composer, adapted from the historical

tragedy by Alexander Pushkin

Revised version of 1872, further revised and orchestrated by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Boris Godunov…………………………….Miroslav Čangalović

Feodor Borisovich………………………..SofijaJanković

Xenia Borisovna…………………………..ZlataSesardić

Xenia's Nurse………………………………MilicaMiladinović

Prince VasilyIvanovichShuisky……StepanAndrashevich

Andrej Shchelkalov………………………DušanPopović

Pimen………………………………………….BrankoPivnički

Pretender…………………………………….Miroslav Brajnik

Marina Mnishek…………………………..MelanijaBugarinović

Varlaam……………………………………….ŽarkoCvejić

Missail…………………………………………StepanVukicević

Hostess of the inn……………………….BiserkaKalučić

Simpleton……………………………………Nikola Jančić

Nikitich……………………………………….IlijaGligorijević

Khrushchov………………………………..ZhikaMilosavliević

Lewicki……………………………………….DragomirNinković

Czernikowski………………………………Ivan Murgaški

Chorus and Orchestra of the National Theatre,

Belgrade

KrešimirBaranović

FIRST CD RELEASE ON DECCA

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Release Date 6 Jul 2018
Brand N/A
Artist Kresimir Baranovic
Title Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov
Format CD DOUBLE SLIMLINE CASE
Packaging -
ISBN N/A
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