Modest Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov [Boris Christoff, Eugenia Zareska, Nicolai Gedda, Kim Borg, Andrei Bielecki; Orchestre National de la Radiodiffusion Francaise; Issay Dobrowen] Import, Original recording remastered
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Audio CD, Import, Original recording remastered
On Brilliant Classics 93926; 3 CD's; If you want to own a verison of Rimsky-Korsakov's colorful edition of Mussorgsky's score, this is the one to choose. For many people, this verison, Boris Christoff's first recording of "Boris Godunov" is the best, a rightly celebrated recording. He richly characterizes Boris, Pimen, and Varlaam with powerful drama,intense lyricism and dark humor respectively. His enormous colorful bass has the sort of grandeur that Fyodor Chaliapin gave to the totle role, and the sound is magnificent. There is no better Dimitri than Nicolai Gedda on any recording ever made of this opera; he is smooth virile and exciting. Eugenia Zareska is a fluent, seductive Marina. Kim Borg is an evil Rangoni, while Andre Bielecki is smoothly and lyrically slimy as Shuisky. The supporting roles are well taken, and Issay Dobrowen is a master of the form. This recording has been licensed from EMI by Brilliant Classics for their Brilliant Opera Collection and is made from actual EMI masters, making the sound the best available on any edition of this recording. For a host of reasons, this is an essential recording, which belongs in every collection.