Label: Мелодия - С10 02985 008 • Format: Vinyl LP, Repress Red Labels • Country: USSR • Genre: Classical • Style: Romantic
This is an historic recording and one of the worst I have encountered. Its origins seem Scene (Act 2) - Peter Tchaikovsky* - Moscow Radio Large Symphony Orchestra* be a studio performance in front of a live — and reasonably quiet — audience in the studios of Conductor Gennadi Rozh France in Arkhipova in the title role sings very well, but many of the minor roles exhibit the worst characteristics of Slavic singing — uncontrolled tone and formidable wobble.
The acoustic does not help. And the sound itself is simply appalling. There is no libretto provided, nor is the opera given complete: the ballet music is absent — this is not made clear.
Although on three discs, the third is nothing to do with the Opera at all, consisting of songs and arias by a range of composers sung by Arkhipova. If not, it should be. There is much fine music in this work, but it is ill-served by this issue.
Buyer, take my advice. Haunted Madness - Masterfully Racy - 10 elsewhere. Trevor Cattell. This set is a live recording of a Paris performance, also with Arkhipova and her husband Vladislav Piavko in the role of the Dauphin. Part of disk 2 and all of disk 3 give us a recital by Arkhipova and Piavko, with some glorious singing, but also with a distracting amount of noise.
All in all, this is an incredibly shoddy recording, by turns painful and irritating. Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must be logged in to post a comment.
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