DVD0447. THE TSAR’S BRIDE (Rimsky-Korsakov), Live Performance, 1983, w.Simonov Cond. Bolshoi Theater Ensemble; Alexander Vedernikov, Lydia Kovaleva, Yuri Grigoriev, Boris Morozov, Evgeny Shapin, Nina Terentieva, Konstanti Pustovoi, etc. VAI 4526. - 089948452690
“Yuri Simonov’s conducting, colourful, spacious, and finely voice-sensitive, if not always precise in stage and pit co-ordination; superb choral singing; and the restrained yet searching account of Lyubasha’s central rôle, smoothly sung in tones of controlled opulence by Nina Terentieva, who on this evidence suffers little in comparison even with Melodiya’s magnificent Arkhipova or Philips’ equally splendid Borodina. Best point is the work itself…in this DVD it does indeed come across as irresistible operatic entertainment.”
- Max Loppert, CLASSICAL RECORDINGS QUARTERLY, Winter, 2010
“The BRIDE is the real thing, Russian all the way. One of Russia’s greatest basses, Alexander Vedernikov, leads the show. Of choral forces are thrilling, the heart and soul of Russian opera and Russia itself….gloriously staged and sung….”
- Charles H. Parsons, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, Jan./Feb., 2011
"Composed in 1898, 'The Tsar’s Bride' was Rimsky-Korsakov’s tenth opera. Based on the true story of an ill-fated peasant bride of Tsar Ivan (Ivan the Terrible), the opera was composed in a traditional musical style, filled with lush cantilena melodies, intended by the composer as a response to the ubiquitous influence of Wagner. This 1983 Bolshoi Opera production features a magnificent cast under the direction of Yuri Simonov."
- Loyal Bluto