Shchedrin: The Enchanted Wanderer

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Shchedrin: The Enchanted Wanderer

Shchedrin: The Enchanted Wanderer

Overview

Choc Classica (France)

Opera Choice of the Month ‘Gergiev feels how deeply rooted this opera is in Russian tradition’ BBC Music Magazine (UK)

Valery Gergiev

Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre

£17.49

29 Mar 2010


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Shchedrin’s ‘concert opera’ The Enchanted Wanderer was premiered in New York in 2002 and did not receive its Russian premiere until 2007. However it has rapidly entered the Mariinsky Theatre’s repertory, being performed in St Petersburg and on tour.

Based on a story by the 19th-century Russian author Nikolai Leskov, the opera is steeped in Russian folklore and beliefs. It tells the story of Ivan, a young man who, in the course of his travels, flogs a monk to death, is captured and tortured by the Tatars, joins a prince’s retinue as horse trainer, loves and loses (to said prince) a Gypsy woman whom he subsequently kills at her own request, and is ultimately led by her ghost to a monastery, where he takes holy orders to atone for his deeds.

The release also features four fragments from Shchedrin’s 1955 ballet score The Little Humbacked Horse and his 1963 Concerto for Orchestra Naughty Limericks.

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We are grateful to Yoko Ceschina for her generous support


Artists

Valery Gergiev conductor
Orchestra and Chorus of the Mariinsky Theatre
Andrei Petrenki Principal Chorus Master
Natalia Domskaya Vocal preparation

Sergi Aleksashkin Ivan Severyanovich Flyagin / Storyteller
Kristina Kapustinskaya
 Grusha the Gypsy / Storyteller
Evgeny Akimov Old Man in the Forest / Storyteller


Recording Details

James Mallinson producer
John Newton and Dirk Sobotka engineers

Recorded July 2008, Mariinsky Concert Hall, St Petersburg
Hybrid SACD. Compatible with all CD players Includes multi-channel 5.0 and stereo mixes

Notes in Russian (Cyrillic), English, French and German.
Libretto in Russian (Cyrillic) and English.

Catalogue number - MAR0504
UPC - 822231850427


Reviews

Choc Classica (France)

Opera Choice of the Month ‘Gergiev feels how deeply rooted this opera is in Russian tradition’ BBC Music Magazine (UK)
Read the full review here

CD of the week – 10 ‘Aufnahmetechnik, Leistung von Solisten, Chor und Orchester und nicht zuletzt die überaus sorgfältige Edition des umfangreichen Beihefts lassen keine Wünsche offen. Eine unbedingte Empfehlung!’ Klassik Heute (Germany)

‘Kapustinskaya sounds like another natural candidate for international deployment. The company’s chorus always provides real tonal pleasure ... Once again, the orchestral performances and recording are outstanding’ Opera news (US)
Read the full review here

‘The three soloists are excellent ... Best of all though is mezzo Kristina Kapustinskaya, still at the beginning of her career and destined for great things. This is mezzo singing one dreams of ... Valery Gergiev, who prepared the score in the presence of the composer, leads the forces masterfully’ International Record Review (UK)
‘The three soloists are excellent ... Best of all though is mezzo Kristina Kapustinskaya, still at the beginning of her career and destined for great things. This is mezzo singing one dreams of ... Valery Gergiev, who prepared the score in the presence of the composer, leads the forces masterfully’ International Record Review (UK)‘Kapustinskaya sounds like another natural candidate for international deployment. The company’s chorus always provides real tonal pleasure ... Once again, the orchestral performances and recording are outstanding’ Opera news (USA)Read the full review here 
‘Si Le Vagabond ensorcelé peut déconcerter par sa conception et ravir par ses couleurs, l’interprétation de de Valery Gergiev nous comble. L’Orchestre du Mariinski est plein de relief, le Choeur d’une magnifique ampleur, le chef idéal de verve, de fougue et de délicatesse’
Opéra Magazine
(France)


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