OP2124. VOEVODA (Tchaikovsky), recorded 1979, w.Kozhuhar Cond. USSR State Symphony Ensemble; Vladimir Matorin, Leonid Zimnenko, Galina Kuznetzova, Oleg Klenov, etc. (Russia) 2-Aquarius AQVR 198. - 4607123630235
“THE VOYEVODA, Tchaikovsky’s first opera, was composed to the plot of the comedy A DREAM ON THE VOLGA, Scenes from Popular Life of the 17th Century, by Alexandr Ostrovsky who offered it to the composer. It was premiered on 30th October, 1869, at the Bolshoi Theatre and was very well received by the audience. The composer was awarded a laurel wreath and had to take a bow many times. Vladimir Odoyevsky, a Russian writer, musicologist and music theorist, said ‘Russian tonality reigns. But gifted Tchaikovsky also did not resist the desire to please the public. This opera guarantees a great future for Tchaikovsky’. THE VOEVODA was reconstructed from surviving sketches, orchestral parts and solo parts by Pavel Lamm. The remaining pages were filled in by Vissarion Shebalin. The opera was published for the first time in 1953.”
“Vladimir Kozhukhar had post-graduate study in Moscow State Conservatory in 1966, (class of Prof. Rozhdestvensky). He also attended the master class of Igor Markevitch.
From 1966-1973 he was a conductor-in-chief of the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine. From 1973 to 1977 he was conductor of the National Opera House of Ukraine. In 1977-1989 he was conductor-in-chief of the Moscow Academic Drama Theatre named after Stanislavsky and Nemirovitch-Danchenko. He staged such operas as PORGY AND BESS of Gershwin, LOVE OF THREE ORANGES of Prokofiev, MAY NIGHT of Rimsky-Korsakov, as well as Mozart’s ENTFÜHRUNG. Since 1989 he has been conductor-in-chief of the National Opera House of Ukraine.”
- Zillah Dorset Akron