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Donald Macleod explores the ultimate Russian opera - Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov, a moving, disturbing work considered to be a great masterpiece.

Donald Macleod explores the life and work of Modest Mussorgsky.

Donald concentrates on the ultimate Russian opera, Boris Godunov, a disturbing and profoundly moving psychological study of a deeply troubled individual, set against the broad canvas of the miserable plight of the oppressed masses - all accompanied by arguably some of the most thrilling music ever written.

Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks (Pictures at an Exhibition)
Kazuhito Yamashita (guitar)
RCA RCD14203 Tr 5

Boris Godunov (1872 version) - Prologue, Sc 2 (Coronation Scene)
Shuisky ...... Konstantin Pluzhnikov
Boris Godunov ...... Vladimir Vaneev
Kirov Chorus and Orchestra, St Petersburg
Valery Borisov (chorus master)
Valery Gergiev (conductor)
Philips 462 230-2 CD 3 Trs 5-7

Boris Godunov (1872 version) - Act 3, Sc 1
Marina Mnishek ...... Olga Borodina
Rangoni ...... Evgeny Nikitin
Kirov Chorus and Orchestra, St Petersburg
Valery Borisov (chorus master)
Valery Gergiev (conductor)
Philips 462 230-2 CD 4 Trs 14-19

Boris Godunov (1872 version) - Act 4, Sc 1 (excerpt)
Shuisky ...... Konstantin Pluzhnikov
Boris Godunov ...... Vladimir Vaneev
Pimen ...... Nikokai Ohotnikov
Fyodor ...... Zlata Bulycheva
Kirov Chorus and Orchestra, St Petersburg
Valery Borisov (chorus master)
Valery Gergiev (conductor)
Philips 462 230-2 CD 5 Trs 3-8.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Modest Mussorgsky

    Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks (Pictures at an Exhibition)

    Performer: Kazuhito Yamashita (guitar)

    • RCA RCD14203.
  • Modest Mussorgsky

    Boris Godunov (1872 version) - Prologue, Sc 2 (Coronation Scene)

    Performer: Shuisky ...... Konstantin Pluzhnikov Performer: Boris Godunov ...... Vladimir Vaneev Performer: Kirov Chorus and Orchestra, St Petersburg Performer: Valery Borisov (chorus master) Performer: Valery Gergiev (conductor)

    • Philips 462 230-2.
  • Modest Mussorgsky

    Boris Godunov (1872 version) - Act 3, Sc 1

    Performer: Marina Mnishek ...... Olga Borodina Performer: Rangoni ...... Evgeny Nikitin Performer: Kirov Chorus and Orchestra, St Petersburg Performer: Valery Borisov (chorus master) Performer: Valery Gergiev (conductor)

    • Philips 462 230-2 CD 4.
  • Modest Mussorgsky

    Boris Godunov (1872 version) - Act 4, Sc 1 (excerpt)

    Performer: Shuisky ...... Konstantin Pluzhnikov Performer: Boris Godunov ...... Vladimir Vaneev Performer: Pimen ...... Nikokai Ohotnikov Performer: Fyodor ...... Zlata Bulycheva Performer: Kirov Chorus and Orchestra, St Petersburg Performer: Valery Borisov (chorus master) Performer: Valery Gergiev (conductor)

    • Philips 462 230-2.

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