Tchaikovsky - Moscow Cantata, 1812 Overture, Voyevoda, The Tempest
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Label: Praga Digitals
Cat No: DSD350117
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 28th July 2014
Works1812 Overture, op.49
The Tempest, op.18
The Voyevoda, op.78
ArtistsLudmilla Legistayeva (mezzo-soprano)
Daniel Damianov (baritone)
Moscow Radio Symphony Soloists & Choir
Nikolai Golovanov [1891-1953] was known in the West as the 'Russian Furtwängler' in the '40s and '50s. A visionary conductor who transformed even the most pedestrian pieces with ecstatic fervour (his hyper-dramatic 1812 Overture is frighteningly intense), he was officially written out of Soviet history and forgotten after being purged in 1952, and he conveniently died the following year.
Fortunately, Praga Digitals have remastered these mythical Tchaikovsky readings from 1952, including the 'Moscow' cantata commissioned for the coronation of Alexander III, given here in a 'Sovietised' text by Machistov, erasing all imperial and religious references: a pearl of epic Russian archaism built of a flamboyant splendour.
This hybrid SACD includes the 1812 Overture without artillery, the rare 'Voyevoda', plus Shakespeare's 'The Tempest' in its original edition.
Resurrected icons by one of the greatest talents to ever hold a baton.
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