- Conductor: Boris Khaikin
- Composer: Pyotr ll yich Tchaikovsky
- Audio CD (July 10, 2012)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Label: Melodiya
- ASIN: B007DCI0G4
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #242,768 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Firma Melodiya presents one of the most famous and beloved works
of great Russian composer Pyotr Il yich Tchaikovsky the opera
Eugene Onegin! This 1955 staging featured some of the leading artists
of the operatic stage as well as the soloists, choir, and orchestra of the
USSR Bolshoi Theatre conducted by Boris Khaikin.
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Excellent sound recording by the label Melodiya, which at the time was the largest and most famous state label of the Soviet Union. We are faced with a brilliant interpretation of Eugene Onegin by a Soviet entirely cast with performers such lofty as Galina Vishnevskaya as Tatiana and Sergey Lemeshev as Lensky, all aimed under the excellent leadership of Boris Khaikin. Rounding out the excellent cast the choir and orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre. Despite being a 1955 recording, the sound is excellent. Absolutely recommended for any lover of Russian opera.
The recording is labelled "ADD," which would seem to indicate that it is made from the master tapes. At any rate, there is a fullness and clarity to the orchestra not present in the Opera d'Oro release, and the voices float through and above the instruments with bloom and definition. It sounds as good as most of the Decca Masters opera remasterings of recordings from the same period -comparable to the sound quality of the remastered Krips DON GIOVANNI- and better than this performance has ever sounded, on LP or CD. Nicely packaged, too, with a brief but thorough synopsis and English translations of the first couple of lines of each track number. I'm delighted to have this.
by Eugene,s Ballet. ARH
D'Oro's sound quality issues aside, this is probably the best Eugeny Onegin recording available. Although, whoever happens to have the 1934 (?) one with Nortsov in the title role will probably argue. As much as I enjoyed Philips release under Semyon Bychkov, it does not have the Tatiana this 1956 recordings has. The great Bolshoi soprano Galina Vishnevskaya was at the height of her powers when this studio recording was made, and man, she truly IS Tatiana, probably exactly how Tchaikovsky imagined her. Her ability to convey the appropriate age of her heroine as she transforms from a dreamy impulsive girl to wise and noble woman is a revelation. The only one, in my humble opinion, who was able to accomplish this feat is Renee Fleming (the DVD of her singing Tatiana and Dmitri Hvorostovsky singing Onegin is currently available).
On this recording, Evgeny Belov is singing the title role, and his relatively high lyric instrument is very good, but does not have the sonorous admonishing quality needed for the "sermon" scene. I particularly enjoyed Irina Archipova's Olga and Sergei Lemeshev's Lensky: these singers were of the highest caliber, portraying their characters with gorgeous singing and vivid characterization. We are very fortunate indeed to be able to hear Lemeshev singing Lensky on record, as at the time of this recording he was approaching 60 and was beginning to doubt if the powers that be would ever let him record one of his favorite roles. Boris Khaikin is a conductor of Melik-Pashaev's school -- his support of the singers is amazingly sensitive and worthy of highest praise. Anyway, the question of sound quality stands: did Preiser get a hold of the master tapes, or did it get by with a simple LP transfer?