Ruslan and Lyudmila (2004)

GLINKA

Soloists Chorus and Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre Moscow

Alexander Vedernikov

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Alexander Vedernikov

Alexander Vedernikov is one of the most promising Russian conductors of the young generation. He studied at the Moscow Conservatory and in 1988 joined the Stanislavsky Theatre Moscow where he conducted many opera’s with great success. In the 2001/2002 season he became Chief Conductor and Music Director of the Bolshoi Theatre Moscow. Alexander Vedernikov conducted the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the Russian State Symphony Orchestra and is a regular guest with the Russian National Orchestra. 
He gave many concerts with the Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra in Russia and toured with them in Germany, Austria and the UK. He also conducted at opera houses such as the Metropolitan New York, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Semper Opera Dresden and La Scala. Alexander Vedernikov worked as guest conductor with many orchestras like The Philharmonia Orchestra, the London Philharmonic, the Budapest Festival Orchestra and the Montreal Symphony.

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Ruslan and Lyudmila (2004)

GLINKA

Soloists Chorus and Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre Moscow

    "opera as it was meant to be heard"

This is the Ruslan and Lyudmila we've been waiting for. The music flows. The singers are all excellent. The chorus is clear, the Bolshoi orchestra is fantastic. Performance-wise, there is little if anything that I would complain about. In multichannel, the orchestra, the chorus and soloists are in perfect balance. Virtually every detail of the orchestration is crystal clear, the different vocal timbres of the choir nicely separated, the soloists in good perspective, all the while harmony and balance between the assembled forces is maintained. The violins are bright, but always nice and warm. There is good separation between the various string voices. The brass instruments are the most spectacular: recorded with a true three-dimensional sonority. They are never two-dimensional, squeeky or congested. Percussion has just the right amount of bang and reverb. In other words, this thing sounds like a concert. I'll go even further and say that it actually sounds better than a concert. This new critical version goes back to the original Glinka scores and attempts to recreate the opera as it was meant to be heard, rather than the version which has been played in the past century. A very special Thank You to Pentatone for releasing this. I've waited a long time to hear Ruslan and Lyudmila given the proper treatment. The result is worth the wait.

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Ruslan and Lyudmila (2004)

GLINKA

Soloists Chorus and Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre Moscow

Balance Engineer:: Jean-Marie Geijsen
Producer: Job Maarse
Recording Engineer:

Erdo Groot, Roger de Schot

Recording location: Bolshoi Theatre Moscow, April 23rd-27th, 2003 (Live Recording)
Recording Software: Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD64

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Act 1 Overture
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No 1- Introduction-Dela davno minuvsikh dnei
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Est pustynnyi kraj
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No. 2- Lyudmila's Cavatina- Grustno mne, roditel dorogoi
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No. 3- Finale- Chada rodimye
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Chto sluchilos
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No. 4- Entr'acte
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No. 5- Finn's Ballad- Dobro pozhalovat, moi syn
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No. 6- Duet of Finn and Ruslan
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No. 7- Scene and Farlaf's Rondo
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Rondo- Blizok uz chas torzhestva moego
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No. 8- Ruslan's aria- O pole, pole
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Dai, Perun, bulatnyi mech
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No. 9- Scene with the Head
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No. 10- Finale- The Tale of the Head
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Act 3- No. 11- Entr'acte
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No. 12- Persian Chrous- Lozhitsya v pole mrak
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Gorislava's Scene and Cavatina- Kakie sladostnye zvuki
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No. 14- Ratmir's Aria- I zhar, i znoi smenila nochi ten
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No. 15- Dances
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No. 16- Finale- O moi Ratmir!
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Vityazi! Kovarnaya Naina
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No. 17- Entr'acte
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No. 18- Lyudmila's Scene and Aria
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Akh ty dolya, dolushka
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No 19- March of Chernomor
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No. 20- Oriental Dances- a-Turkish Dance (Allegretto)
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b- Arabian Dance (allegro con spirito)
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c- Lesginka (Caucasian Dance)
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No. 21- Chorus- Pogibnet, nezhannyij prishlets!
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No. 22- Finale- Pobeda, pobeda, Lyudmila
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No. 23- Entr'acte
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No. 24- Ratmir's Romance
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No. 25- Recitative and Chorus- Vsyo tikho!
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No. 26- Duet of Ratmir and Finn
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No. 27- Finale- Akh ty svet,- Luydmila
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Kogo nam bogi shlyut?
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Slava velikim bogam
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