Reis­sues

BBC Music Magazine - - Opera Reviews - Re­viewed by Ge­orge Hall

Beethoven Fide­lio Warner 9029573753 (2003) 110:15 mins (2 discs) Si­mon Rat­tle’s per­for­mance was recorded live in con­cert fol­low­ing staged per­for­mances at the 2003 Salzburg Easter Fes­ti­val. The re­sult is oddly cold and un­en­gag­ing, the main roles dis­ap­point­ingly cast. ★★ Han­del Or­lando Pan Clas­sics PC 10392 (2008) 156:54 mins Recorded live in Tour­co­ing, Han­del’s opera forms a me­mo­rial to Baroque spe­cial­ist Jean-claude Mal­goire, who died this year, though the sound is in­dif­fer­ent and the per­for­mance un­even. ★★★ Mu­sorgsky Boris Go­dunov Elo­quence 482 6883 (1955) 156:34 mins (2 discs) This Bel­grade State Opera per­for­mance of the Rim­sky-ko­r­sakov edi­tion is ad­e­quately con­ducted by Kreshimir Bara­novich and ad­e­quately sung, but not much more than that, and equally ham­pered by limited sound. ★★ Mu­sorgsky Kho­van­shchina Elo­quence 482 6893 176:28 mins (3 discs)

An­other of the 1955 Bel­grade Decca se­ries, again con­ducted by Kreshimir Bara­novich and once more in Rim­sky-ko­r­sakov’s edi­tion, Kho­van­shchina is more skil­fully recorded than Boris though the mu­sic-mak­ing is on a sim­i­lar level. ★★★

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