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Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov [Live]

Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Kent Nagano, Maxim Paster, Alexander Tsymbalyuk, Mika Kares, Sergei Skorokhodov

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Boris Godunov (1869 version)  
1.1
Pt. 1 Scene 1: What's Up With You? (Live)
Modest Mussorgsky; Oleg Budaratskiy; Anton Ljungqvist; Göteborg Opera Chorus; Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra; Kent Nagano
5:35
1.2
Pt. 1 Scene 1: For Whom Do You Desert Us? (Live)
Modest Mussorgsky; Oleg Budaratskiy; Göteborg Opera Chorus; Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra; Kent Nagano
1:24
1.3
Pt. 1 Scene 1: True-Believers! The Boyar Is Steadfast (Live)
Modest Mussorgsky; Vasily Ladyuk; Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra; Kent Nagano
2:35
1.4
Pt. 1 Scene 1: Glory to Thee, Almighty Creator (Live)
Modest Mussorgsky; Oleg Budaratskiy; Anton Ljungqvist; Göteborg Opera Chorus; Brunnsbo Music Class Girls Choir; Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra; Kent Nagano
6:37
1.5
Pt. 1 Scene 2: Long Live Tsar Boris! (Live)
Modest Mussorgsky; Maxim Paster; Göteborg Opera Chorus; Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra; Kent Nagano
4:20
1.6
Pt. 1 Scene 2: My Soul Is Grieving (Live)
Modest Mussorgsky; Alexander Tsymbalyuk; Göteborg Opera Chorus; Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra; Kent Nagano
2:15
1.7
Pt. 1 Scene 2: Glory! Glory! Glory! (Live)
Modest Mussorgsky; Göteborg Opera Chorus; Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra; Kent Nagano
1:28
1.8
Pt. 2 Scene 1: One More, One Final Tale (Live)
Modest Mussorgsky; Mika Kares; Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra; Kent Nagano
4:24
1.9
Pt. 2 Scene 1: That Dream Once More! (Live)
Modest Mussorgsky; Sergei Skorokhodov; Mika Kares; Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra; Kent Nagano
1:44
1.10
Pt. 2 Scene 1: You Have Been Awake and Writing All Night (Live)
Modest Mussorgsky; Sergei Skorokhodov; Mika Kares; Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra; Kent Nagano
6:58
1.11
Pt. 2 Scene 1: Good Father, I Have Often Wanted (Live)
Modest Mussorgsky; Sergei Skorokhodov; Mika Kares; Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra; Kent Nagano
5:16
1.12
Pt. 2 Scene 1: It's Ringing for Matins (Live)
Modest Mussorgsky; Sergei Skorokhodov; Mika Kares; Göteborg Opera Chorus; Brunnsbo Music Class Girls Choir; Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra; Kent Nagano
2:56
1.13
Pt. 2 Scene 2: What Can I Offer You, Reverend Fathers? (Live)
Modest Mussorgsky; Okka von der Damerau; Boris Stepanov; Alexey Tikhomirov; Sergei Skorokhodov; Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra; Kent Nagano
2:13
1.14
Pt. 2 Scene 2: Once Upon a Time in the City of Kazan (Live)
Modest Mussorgsky; Alexey Tikhomirov; Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra; Kent Nagano
2:01
1.15
Pt. 2 Scene 2: Why Aren't You Singing? (Live)
Modest Mussorgsky; Okka von der Damerau; Boris Stepanov; Alexey Tikhomirov; Sergei Skorokhodov; Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra; Kent Nagano
4:37
1.16
Pt. 2 Scene 2: He Rides On (Live)
Modest Mussorgsky; Okka von der Damerau; Oleg Budaratskiy; Boris Stepanov; Alexey Tikhomirov; Sergei Skorokhodov; Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra; Kent Nagano
3:42
1.17
Pt. 2 Scene 2: I Can Read (Live)
Modest Mussorgsky; Sergei Skorokhodov; Oleg Budaratskiy; Alexey Tikhomirov; Boris Stepanov; Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra; Kent Nagano
3:29
2.1
Pt. 3: My Beloved Bridegroom (Live)
Modest Mussorgsky; Hanna Husáhr; Johanna Rudström; Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra; Kent Nagano
2:38
2.2
Pt. 3: Enough, My Tsarevna (Live)
Modest Mussorgsky; Margarita Nekrasova; Hanna Husáhr; Alexander Tsymbalyuk; Johanna Rudström; Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra; Kent Nagano
5:28
2.3
Pt. 3: I've Achieved the Highest Power (Live)
Modest Mussorgsky; Alexander Tsymbalyuk; Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra; Kent Nagano
4:17
2.4
Pt. 3: What Do You Want? (Live)
Modest Mussorgsky; Alexander Tsymbalyuk; Maxim Paster; Johanna Rudström; Boris Stepanov; Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra; Kent Nagano
4:31
2.5
Pt. 3: But No! Wait, Wait a Moment (Live)
Modest Mussorgsky; Alexander Tsymbalyuk; Maxim Paster; Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra; Kent Nagano
3:02
2.6
Pt. 3: Death Does Not Frighten Me (Live)
Modest Mussorgsky; Alexander Tsymbalyuk; Maxim Paster; Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra; Kent Nagano
4:35
2.7
Pt. 4 Scene 1: Is the Mass Over? (Live)
Modest Mussorgsky; Anton Ljungqvist; Göteborg Opera Chorus; Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra; Kent Nagano
3:44
2.8
Pt. 4 Scene 1: Trrrr... Tin Hat (Live)
Modest Mussorgsky; Boris Stepanov; Göteborg Opera Chorus; Brunnsbo Music Class Girls Choir; Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra; Kent Nagano
4:10
2.9
Pt. 4 Scene 1: Why Is He Crying? (Live)
Modest Mussorgsky; Alexander Tsymbalyuk; Boris Stepanov; Maxim Paster; Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra; Kent Nagano
3:16
2.10
Pt. 4 Scene 2: Noble Boyars! (Live)
Modest Mussorgsky; Vasily Ladyuk; Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra; Kent Nagano
2:47
2.11
Pt. 4 Scene 2: Well Then, Let Us Now Vote (Live)
Modest Mussorgsky; Göteborg Opera Chorus; Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra; Kent Nagano
2:26
2.12
Pt. 4 Scene 2: A Pity That Prince Shuisky Is Not Here (Live)
Modest Mussorgsky; Maxim Paster; Göteborg Opera Chorus; Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra; Kent Nagano
3:27
2.13
Pt. 4 Scene 2: Begone! Begone! (Live)
Modest Mussorgsky; Alexander Tsymbalyuk; Vasily Ladyuk; Maxim Paster; Göteborg Opera Chorus; Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra; Kent Nagano
2:53
2.14
Pt. 4 Scene 2: A Humble Monk (Live)
Modest Mussorgsky; Mika Kares; Alexander Tsymbalyuk; Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra; Kent Nagano
2:51
2.15
Pt. 4 Scene 2: Once, Deep in Sleep (Live)
Modest Mussorgsky; Mika Kares; Alexander Tsymbalyuk; Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra; Kent Nagano
2:24
2.16
Pt. 4 Scene 2: Leave Us... Go Away, Everyone! (Live)
Modest Mussorgsky; Alexander Tsymbalyuk; Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra; Kent Nagano
4:04
2.17
Pt. 4 Scene 2: O Lord! Lord! Look Down (Live)
Modest Mussorgsky; Alexander Tsymbalyuk; Johanna Rudström; Göteborg Opera Chorus; Brunnsbo Music Class Girls Choir; Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra; Kent Nagano
5:19
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    2:03:26
Modest Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov stands out among the major works of the opera repertoire in having an extremely complex creative history. The original libretto, by the composer himself, was based closely on Pushkin’s Shakespeare-inspired drama about the ill-fated Russian ruler. Mussorgsky completed the score in 1869, and submitted it to the committees of the Imperial Theatres. It was rejected, however, primarily because of the lack of a female lead and therefore a love interest, but Mussorgsky’s unadorned style has also been mentioned as a reason. In 1871 the composer therefore reworked the opera extensively, adding new scenes – and a female principal in the form of the Polish princess Marina Mniszek – and changing the overall structure from seven scenes into a prologue and four acts. The revised Boris was completed in 1872, and two years later it was finally performed in St Petersburg, while the Moscow audience had to wait until 1888, seven years after the death of its composer. In order to promote the work, Mussorgsky’s colleague and friend Rimsky-Korsakov undertook to revise the work, making the orchestration more traditional and colourful and softening a number of harsh harmonies. It was the Rimsky-Korsakov version that took the opera out of Russia and without it, the opera would not be as widely known as it is today. In recent times, however, several opera houses have begun performing the more abrasive original version from 1869, and it is this ‘Ur-Boris’ that has been recorded here. It is performed by the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra under its principal guest conductor, Kent Nagano. They are joined by a cast of mainly Russian vocal soloists, headed by Alexander Tsymbalyuk as Boris, a role he performed under Nagano already in 2013 at the Bayerische Staatsoper. In the opera, as in Pushkin’s drama, the Russian people plays a hugely important role – here performed by the Göteborg Opera Chorus.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – BIS Records Studio Masters

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