Khovanschina (Moussorgsky)  (Khaikin; Sofia Preobrazhenskaya, Mark Reizen, Ivan Shashkov, Boris Freidkov) (3-Dante LYS 344/46)
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Khovanschina (Moussorgsky)  (Khaikin; Sofia Preobrazhenskaya, Mark Reizen, Ivan Shashkov, Boris Freidkov) (3-Dante LYS 344/46)
OP3398. KHOVANSCHINA (Moussorgsky), recorded 1946, w.Khaikin Cond. Kirov Ensemble; Sofia Preobrazhenskaya, Mark Reizen, Ivan Shashkov, Boris Freidkov, etc. (France) 3-Dante LYS 344/46, w.Elaborate 51pp Brochure. Long out-of-print, Final Copy! - 3421710433440

CRITIC REVIEW:

“The opera KHOVANCHINA is the second part of a never-completed trilogy about the sudden emergence of the Russian Empire (of which BORIS GUDONOV is the first part). When Moussorgsky died of yet another alcohol overdose in 1881, KHOVANCHINA was not finished either. What was left was a manuscript for voice and piano, without orchestrations and without much-needed truncation. A diamond in the rough it was his former roommate Rimsky-Korsakov who took it upon himself to cut it. According to some, he did so with a bit of enthusiasm, leaving too little of Moussorgksy's signature harmony. Nevertheless, it was the only respectable version in the first half of this century (Shostakovich's version would not take shape until 1958). The Arlecchino label releases a historical recording from 1946, with the choir and orchestra of the Kirov Theater in Leningrad conducted by Boris Khaikin. This is done as part of a series, the 'Marc Reizen hermitage', of which this edition is the first. Marc Reizen was a famous Russian bass who reached the respectable age of 97 years (1895-1992). Besides the opera, in which he plays the role of folk hero and spiritual leader Dossifeï, several songs by Moussorgsky have also been recorded.The performances are all so good that we forget the lesser recording quality (one recording even dates from 1907).”