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Disc 1:

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listen  1. Rimsky-Korsakov: Sadko - IntroductionValery Gergiev 2:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Sadko / Tableau 1 - ''Sabralis'a My, Gosti Targovye''Yevgeny Boitsov 5:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Sadko / Tableau 1 - ''Strunku K Strunachke Ty Nat'agivaj'' - ''Prasvet'a Svetel Mas'ats Na Nebe''Valery Gergiev 5:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Sadko / Tableau 1 - ''Budit Krasen Den'v Palavinu Dn'a''Valery Gergiev 2:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Sadko / Tableau 1 - ''Kaby Byla Un Min'a Zalata Kazna''Valery Gergiev 3:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Sadko / Tableau 1 - ''Goj, Ty, Sat-Satko, Dobryj Moladets''Yevgeny Boitsov 3:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Sadko / Tableau 1 - ''V Novegorade Velikam''Nikolai Gassiev 4:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Sadko / Tableau 2 - ''Oj Ty, T'omnaja Dubravushka!''Valery Gergiev 5:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Sadko / Tableau 2 - ''A-a-a.'' - ''Vyhadite, Vy, Is Sin'a Ozera''Valery Gergiev 4:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Sadko / Tableau 2 - ''Zaigrjte, Mai Gusel'ki''Valery Gergiev 3:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Sadko / Tableau 2 - ''Svet'at Rasoju Medv'anaju Kosy Tvai''Valery Gergiev 9:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Sadko / Tableau 2 - ''Mes'ats Zalatyje Roshki''Valery Gergiev 4:30$0.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

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listen  1. Sadko / Tableau 3 - ''Fs'u Noch Zhdala Jevo Ja Panaprasnu''Valery Gergiev 5:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Sadko / Tableau 3 - ''Ali V'jaf' Sa Mnoj Diva Sadejalas?''Valery Gergiev 6:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Sadko / Tableau 4 - ''Pasmatrite Ka, L'udi Vol'nyje''Vladimir Kniazev 9:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Sadko / Tableau 4 - ''Paklon Vam, Gosti Imenityje!''Yevgeny Boitsov 8:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Sadko / Tableau 4 - ''Kak Na Ozere Na Il'mene''Nikolai Gassiev 5:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Sadko / Tableau 4 - ''A Skaly Groznyje Drab'atsa S R'ovem Volny''Valery Gergiev 3:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Sadko / Tableau 4 - ''Ni Sh'est' Almazaf F Kamnnyh Pisherah''Valery Gergiev 4:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Sadko / Tableau 4 - ''Gorat Kamennyj, Garadam Fsem Mat'''Valery Gergiev 4:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Sadko / Tableau 4 - ''A I V Vedenets Slavnyj Put'ty Derzhy''Nikolai Gassiev 4:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Sadko / Tableau 4 - ''Vysata Li, Vysata Li Padnebesnaja''Nikolai Gassiev 2:53$0.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 3:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Sadko / Tableau 5 - ''Ush Kak Po Mor'u, Mor'u Sinemu''Valery Gergiev 7:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Sadko / Tableau 5 - ''Goj, Druzhyna Vernaja, Padnachal'naja''Valery Gergiev 5:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Sadko / Tableau 5 - ''Nikak Pajut?''Valery Gergiev 2:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Sadko / Tableau 6 - ''Glup' Glubokaja, Akian More''Valery Gergiev 3:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Sadko / Tableau 6 - ''Sineje More Grozna, Shiroka''Valery Gergiev 3:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Sadko / Tableau 6 - ''Nu, Garast, Satko, Ty Pet'igrat?''Valery Gergiev 3:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Sadko / Tableau 6 - ''Paigraj Va Gusli Zvonkije''Valery Gergiev 2:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Sadko / Tableau 6 - ''Slaven, Groznyj Tsar' Marskoj''Valery Gergiev 3:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Sadko / Tableau 6 - ''Aj, Ne F Poru Raspl'asals'a''Valery Gergiev 5:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Sadko / Tableau 7 - Introduction - ''Moladets Moj''Valery Gergiev 2:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Sadko / Tableau 7 - ''Son Pa Bereshku Hadil''Valery Gergiev 6:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Sadko / Tableau 7 - ''Oh, Toshna Mne, Tashn'ohan'ko''Valery Gergiev 2:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Sadko / Tableau 7 - ''A I Zdrastvuj Zhe Ty, Moj Zhetannyj Mush''Yevgeny Boitsov 5:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Sadko / Tableau 7 - ''F Staranah Gul'al Ja Dal'nih''Valery Gergiev 3:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Sadko / Tableau 7 - ''Slava Starchish'u''Yevgeny Boitsov 3:46$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Performer: Alexandr Gergalov, Bulat Minjelkiev, Evgeny Boitsov, Gennady Bezzubenkov, Larissa Diadkova, et al.
  • Orchestra: St. Petersburhg Kirov Chorus and Orchestra
  • Conductor: Valery Gergiev
  • Composer: Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
  • Audio CD (February 14, 1995)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Label: Philips
  • ASIN: B00000418U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #211,302 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Sadko is a shimmering fairy tale of an opera, featuring Rimsky-Korsakov's gift for tone-painting and orchestral coloring at its most splendidly developed, with many lovely tunes to beguile the ear. This live recording suffers at times from thumpings occasioned by the staging, and from a few rough patches in the choral work, but it gains from the Kirov's legendary ensemble work. The huge and able cast is headed by Vladimir Galusin's heldentenorish Sadko, a troubadour who becomes the richest man in Novgorod; and by soprano Valentina Tsidipova's beguiling Volkhova, the Sea-King's daughter. This is opera as storytelling and escape, and very pleasant storytelling it is. --Sarah Bryan Miller

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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 9, 1999
Format: Audio CD
You can really smell the sea in this opera - the simple evocation of the rocking sea that opens the opera weaves itself into every corner of the score. Don't expect a well made opera a la Puccini, instead it's a leisurely series of tableaux recounting the adventures of Sadko, a musician turned merchant who finds himself on the bottom of the sea. The second and sixth scenes are probably the high spots, the Sea Princess and her watery cohorts are given some gorgeously florid music, but the market scene runs it close, with its songs of three travelling merchants - including the famous Hindu Song. Unfortunately that is one disappointment on this recording, Gegam Gregoriam has neither the line or control to make this old chestnut suitably hypnotic. However the lead performers, Vladimir Galusin (a tireless Sadko) and Valentina Tsidipova (an alluring Sea-Princess) are very appealing - and the rest of the cast is very strong indeed. Gergiev is excellent at pacing this score, which can seem repetitive in lesser hands. Recording quality is perhaps not the best, and there is a fair amount of stage noise, particularly in the more folksy crowd scenes, but Rimsky's vision of a fantastical old Russia and the full spectrum of his technicolour score comes through unimpaired. I play this set a great deal and highly recommend it.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By B.E.F. on November 4, 2009
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Premièred in 1898, Sadko is possibly Korsakov's finest work.

Gerald Abraham says, `Sadko is not only Rimsky-Korsakov's best opera, but his most quintessential--that in which he is most completely and exuberantly himself and most profoundly Russian.'

Sadko isn't a drama in the sense of La Bohème or Carmen; rather it is an `opera-bylina in seven tableaux'--meaning, a musical pageant entertainment in a series of scenes based on mediaeval epic tales (byliny).

Ultimately, Sadko is an exemplary exercise in Korsakov's beauteous melodies, brilliant orchestrations, and enthusiastic Russian nationalism.

Sadko features fairy-tale transformations in the story line and developing variations in the melodic line, with a colourful cast of kulaks, merchants, and maidens.

Aficionados who adore Korsakov's resplendent Antar and Scheherazade will swoon upon his marvellous Sadko, for it is extraordinary Art of the first water.

The `live' recording was done at the Mariinsky Theatre (St. Petersburg, 1993) with Gergiev's star in ascendancy.
In the early- and mid-1990s Gergiev produced virtually all the great Russian operas with the Kirov Orchestra and Chorus, and released them on Philips--though now mostly OOP.
The sound is fine, although there is a bit of applause after each tableau.

Russian excellence:

Rimsky-Korsakov: The Complete Symphonies; Russian Easter Festival Overture; Capriccio Espagnol [Germany]
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By G.D. TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 22, 2011
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One of the most popular and absorbing of Rimsky-Korsakov's operas, it is also one that requires a really good recording - one that captures all the colors and moods as well as the soaring arias and drama, without losing sight of the musical narrative. Not an easy thing, but at least Gergiev succeeds to a large extent. Sadko is based on one of the composer's relatively early tone poems, and is a true fairy tale opera that relies heavily on escapist magic and evocative atmospheres (with more than a dash of folk music and local color). The plot is somewhat confusing, and Rimsky admitted that the story itself wasn't the main issue; the characters are rather, shall we say, one-dimensional.

Despite the weaknesses of the storyline, Rimsky fills the opera with utterly magnificent music, and the beauty and power of many of the arias make one almost forget the shallowness of the characters who have them. It is really a sequence of the most lavishly detailed, gorgeously painted scenes; busy city markets with vendors of all nationalities, wonderful landscapes, journies under the sea, wistful dreaming and sorcery. And if you aren't really bothered by the lack of a coherent tale, you could hardly find much that is more dazzling, brilliant and engaging than Sadko. Not only is the orchestration at the level of Rimsky's best and the writing for voices superb, there is also a richness of truly imaginative themes and melodies, and if he didn't exactly have Verdi's sense of pacing, then - well, I cannot really care too much.

This is a live recording and the Kirov Orchestra acquits itself pretty well under Gergiev's leadership. There are some instances where the playing is less than ideally refined, but in general the colors and drama are there.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jt52 on July 12, 2014
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By now, I've sampled about half a dozen of the Russian operas which Valery Gergiev and the Kirov Opera released on Philips. Unfortunately, this October 1993 live version of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's "Sadko" is probably the weakest of this sampled group. The soloists are shaky, choral scenes are sloppy and the sound engineering flawed both in terms of pure sound and because the microphones seem to have been placed badly for the first half of the opera.

"Sadko", like so many of Rimsky-Korsakov's works, was conceived of and revised as a symphonic poem and finally completed as a stage work over the span of several decades. A fairy tale opera, it takes as its topic the conquest of the great Russian waterways as the protagonist Sadko opens up the sea and the rivers to commerce and crossborder trade. This plot is oddly all a bit proto-Social Realist. The libretto and final expression of the idea in the opera in fact seems a bit at odds with what first impelled Rimsky-Korsakov to set pen to staff. Here, the original vision was expressed through the symphonic poem "Sadko", written while Rimsky-Korsakov was still in an apprentice phase in 1867 at the age of 23. This symphony poem was then revised when the composer was a famous presence on the musical scene in the 1890s, then re-formed into a fairy-tale opera and completed in 1896. The symphonic poem, about 15 minutes in length, contains some of the opera's most interesting and beautiful music, which forms the torso of the underwater scene in Tableau 5, including the undulating triplets which I sense represents the very core of Rimsky-Korsakov's inspiration. The opera is uneven.
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