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Highlights From Russian Operas

Bolshoi Theatre Soloists and Chorus, Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra, Alexander Vedernikov

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A Life for the Czar  
1
Act II: Bog vojnyi posle bitv... (After the battle the god of war) (Polonaise and chorus)
Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka; Vladimir Matorin; Bolshoi Theatre Chorus; Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra; Alexander Vedernikov
4:39
2
Act IV: Tchujut pravdu! (They sense the truth!) (Ivan Susanin’s aria)
Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka; Vladimir Matorin; Bolshoi Theatre Chorus; Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra; Alexander Vedernikov
5:08
Rusalka  
3
Act III: Nevol'no k etim grustnyim beregam… (Some unknown power) (Prince's cavatina)
Aleksandr Sergeyevich Dargomizhsky; Mikhail Gubsky; Alexander Naumenko; Bolshoi Theatre Chorus; Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra; Alexander Vedernikov
6:00
4
Act III: Chto eto znachit? (What does this mean?) (Mad scene)
Aleksandr Sergeyevich Dargomizhsky; Mikhail Gubsky; Alexander Naumenko; Bolshoi Theatre Chorus; Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra; Alexander Vedernikov
11:39
Iolanthe  
5
Net, charyi lask krasyi myatezhnoj... (No, the charms of a voluptuous beauty) (Vaudémont’s Romance)
Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky; Vsevolod Grivnov; Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra; Alexander Vedernikov
4:14
Pique Dame (The Queen of Spades)  
6
Act III: Uzh polnoch blizitsya (It is close on midnight already) (Lisa’s aria)
Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky; Elena Zelenskaya; Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra; Alexander Vedernikov
5:14
Mazeppa  
7
Act II: O Marija, Marija (Mazeppa's Arioso)
Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky; Yuri Nechaev; Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra; Alexander Vedernikov
5:12
Aleko  
8
Volšébnoy síloy pesnopén’ya (The magic power of song) (Old Gipsy’s Story)
Sergei Rachmaninov; Taras Shtonda; Bolshoi Theatre Chorus; Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra; Alexander Vedernikov
5:25
Prince Igor  
9
Act II: Ni sna me otdykha (No sleep no rest) (Prince Igor's aria)
Alexander Porfir'yevich Borodin; Yuri Nechaev; Valery Gilmanov; Bolshoi Theatre Chorus; Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra; Alexander Vedernikov
6:53
10
Act II: Zdorov li, knyaz? (Are you in good health, Prince?) (Konchak's aria)
Alexander Porfir'yevich Borodin; Yuri Nechaev; Valery Gilmanov; Bolshoi Theatre Chorus; Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra; Alexander Vedernikov
6:31
11
Act II: Gey, privesti syuda! (Hey, bring the captive girls here!)
Alexander Porfir'yevich Borodin; Yuri Nechaev; Valery Gilmanov; Bolshoi Theatre Chorus; Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra; Alexander Vedernikov
2:57
12
Act II: Polovtsian Dances
Alexander Porfir'yevich Borodin; Yuri Nechaev; Valery Gilmanov; Bolshoi Theatre Chorus; Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra; Alexander Vedernikov
11:40
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Total Playing Time    75:32
"... an impressive realism to the performances. The chorus and orchestra, among the top contenders in the operatic world, are heard in their full glory with magnificent brass and silken strings."
- MusicWeb International

"Four Stars ... brings a sampling of the typical opera-goers’ experience in one of the great world centers ... one of the most energetic and dramatic versions of the orchestral Polovtsian Dances I’ve ever heard: a grand audiophile wrap up to an interesting survey ... the acoustics of the huge venue are excellent ..."
- Audiophile Audition

Alexander Vedernikov leads the orchestra, soloists and chorus of the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow on this first volume of Highlights From Russian Operas, including works by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Glinka and others.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM and 2.8224 MHz DSD – PentaTone Studio Masters

Executive Producers: Anton Getman, Alexander Vedernikov & Job Maarse
Recording Producer: Job Maarse
Balance Engineer:Jean-Marie Geijsen
Recording Engineer : Roger de Schot
Editing : Jean-Marie Geijsen ; Erdo Groot

Recorded in Moscow November 2005 & February 2006
A co-production of the Bolshoi Theatre Moscow and PentaTone Music
Photos: BolshoiTheatre Archive, Larisa Pedenchuk (Bolshoi Museum), Damir Yusupov, Nikolai Rakmanov, Theo Wubbolts and others.

Recording facility: Polyhymnia International BV
Microphones: Neumann KM 130, DPA 4006 &DPA 4011 with Polyhymnia microphone buffer electronics.
Microphone pre-amps: Custom build by Polyhymnia International BV and outputs directly connected to Meitner DSD AD converter.
DSD recording, editing and mixing: Pyramix Virtual Studio by Merging Technologies 5.0
Monitored on B&W Nautilus loudspeakers.
Microphone, interconnect and loudspeaker cables by van den Hul.

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