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Valery Gergiev, Kirov Orchestra, Robert Lloyd, Olga Borodina - Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov (2002/1990)

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Valery Gergiev, Kirov Orchestra, Robert Lloyd, Olga Borodina - Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov (2002/1990)

Valery Gergiev, Kirov Orchestra, Robert Lloyd, Olga Borodina - Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov (2002/1990)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Русский (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | 7.22 Gb+6.67 Gb (2xDVD9) | 210 min
Classical | Philips | Sub: English, Francais, Deutsch, Italiano, Espanol, Chinese

Modest Mussorgsky's opera in prologue and four acts is performed by the Kirov Opera with performances from Olga Borodina, Alexei Steblianko and Sergei Leiferkust. Boris Godunov has obtained the throne of Russia by murdering the rightful heir Dmitry. An old monk, Pimen, witnessed this, and convinces his apprentice Grigory to avenge Dmitry's death. In the following years Grigory poses as Dmitry, raising an army against Boris, who is now convinced that he is being punished for the murder.

Valery Gergiev, Kirov Orchestra, Gegam Grigorian, Maria Gulegina - Tchaikovsky: Pique Dame (2006/1992)

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Valery Gergiev, Kirov Orchestra, Gegam Grigorian, Maria Gulegina - Tchaikovsky: Pique Dame (2006/1992)

Valery Gergiev, Kirov Orchestra, Gegam Grigorian, Maria Gulegina - Tchaikovsky: Pique Dame (2006/1992)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Русский (Dolby AC3, 2 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | 7.64 Gb (DVD9) | 179 min
Classical | Philips | Sub: English, Francais, Deutsch, Italiano, Espanol, Chinese

In terms of vocal power, lyrical beauty and idiomatic authenticity, the casting for this 1992 live recording of the Kirov production of Pique Dame ("The Queen of Spades") could hardly be bettered. Gegam Grigorian (Herman) hits his fearsome, anguished high notes with the accuracy of a laser and Maria Gulegina (Liza) has a voice the size of the QEII but uses it with great subtlety–her opening duet with Pauline floats like gossamer, and her declarations of love for Herman at the end of Act 1 are spine-tingling. Kirov superstars Sergei Leiferkus (Tomsky) and rich-toned Olga Borodina (Pauline) also sound divine.

Vladimir Jurowski, London Philharmonic Orchestra - Puccini: Gianni Schicchi & Rachmaninov: The Miserly Knight (2008) [Blu-Ray]

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Vladimir Jurowski, London Philharmonic Orchestra - Puccini: Gianni Schicchi & Rachmaninov: The Miserly Knight (2008) [Blu-Ray]

Vladimir Jurowski, London Philharmonic Orchestra - Puccini: Gianni Schicchi & Rachmaninov: The Miserly Knight (2008) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 32000 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 162 min | 41 Gb
Audio1: Italiano, Русский / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: LPCM Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 6912 kbps / 24-bit
Classical | OPUS ARTE | Sub: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian

Alessandro Corbelli takes the title role in Annabel Arden’s whirlwind production of Puccini’s compact opera, in which the scheming Gianni Schicchi retrieves for himself the spoils of a disinherited family to pave the way for his daughter to marry her love. As performed at Glyndebourne, Gianni Schicci is here combined in a double bill with Rachmaninov's dark setting of Alexander Pushkin's 'little tragedy'. The Miserly Knight, also directed by Annabel Arden and featuring an outstanding performance from Sergei Leiferkus in the role written for the great Russian bass Fyodor Chaliapin.

James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Olga Borodina, Placido Domingo - Saint-Saens: Samson et Dalila (2004/1998)

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James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Olga Borodina, Placido Domingo - Saint-Saens: Samson et Dalila (2004/1998)

James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Olga Borodina, Placido Domingo - Saint-Saëns: Samson et Dalila (2004/1998)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Français (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | 7.43 Gb (DVD9) | 148 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Francais, English, Deutsch, Espanol, Chinese

Olga Borodina sings the role of Dalila here too; her tone in the famous aria Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix is quite ravishing, and she is matched by an heroic performance from Plácido Domingo as Samson. James Levine has an expert grasp of the drama in this 1998 Elijah Moshinsky production from the Metropolitan Opera. There's also some luxury casting in the form of Sergei Leiferkus as Le Grand Prêtre de Dagon and René Pape as Le Vieillard Hébreu. (James Longstaffe)

Georg Solti, The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Placido Domingo, Kiri Te Kanawa - Verdi: Otello (2008/1992)

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Georg Solti, The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Placido Domingo, Kiri Te Kanawa - Verdi: Otello (2008/1992)

Georg Solti, The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Plácido Domingo, Kiri Te Kanawa - Verdi: Otello (2008/1992)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR| Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | 7.73 Gb (DVD9) | 145 min
Classical | Opus Arte | Sub: English

A dream team had been assembled at London’s Royal Opera House for this 1992 performance of Verdi’s Otello. Placido Domingo, uninhibited in the use of his vast vocal power, was the commanding Otello; Kiri Te Kanawa a more sturdy Desdemona than the fragile female often portrayed, while Sergei Leiferkus’s Iago is totally convincing by avoiding those sneering gestures that are too often seen. In the pit was Georg Solti whipping the orchestra into a fury as the opening storm is unleashed, but later on can show some impatience in his choice of tempos. The production was, in the best use of the term, ‘traditional’ and came from Elijah Moshinsky, his set designer, Timothy O’Brian, creating a massive edifice that has to serve all of four acts, leaving the final bedroom scene working in an area that is too large.