Mussorgsky: Khovanshchina (Munich 2007) (Paata Burchuladze/ Anatoly Kotscherga/ Camilla Nylund/ Bayerisches Staatsorchester/ Dmitri Tcherniakov/ Kent Nagano) (Euroarts: 2072424)
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~ Kent Nagano
superbly masters the challenges presented by this score, shapes the dynamics with subtle intensity, and casts the score in a mellow glow.
~ As Marfa, the spurned lover of Ivan Khovansky's son Andrei, Doris Soffel
unfolds such a rich palette of sonorities, from the pathos of the lower ranges to shaded distant heights, that "one is tempted to speak of a Russian mezzo".
~ Fantastic cast' Anatoly Kotscherga
portrays the religious leader Dosifei with fervor and bluster, Klaus Florian Vogt
dazzles heroically as Andrey, John Daszak
is a technically flawless Golitsin, and bass-baritone Paata Burchuladze
gives a charismatic, forceful account of Prince Ivan Khovansky.
~ The final chorus, which Mussorgsky
did not compose, is played in the orchestrally transparent version of Igor Stravinsky
- the third great Russian composer who contributed to making "Khovanshchina"
a gripping stage work for all times.
~ With his stripped-down sets and historicizing costumes, director Dmitri Tcherniakov
, one of the new voices of contemporary Russian theater, builds a bridge to the political present.