Tchaikovsky - Cherevichki | Melodiya MELCD1002129

Tchaikovsky - Cherevichki

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Label: Melodiya

Cat No: MELCD1002129

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 29th September 2014

Contents

Artists

Georgy Nelepp
Elizaveta Antonova
Andrei Ivanov
Maxim Mikhailov
Elena Kruglikova
Sergei Krasovsky
Fyodor Godovkin
Alexandr Peregudov
Olga Insarova
Alexei Ivanov
I Ionov
Veniamin Shevtsov
Ivan Sipayev
Mikhail Skazin
Bolshoi Theatre Choir and Orchestra

Conductor

Alexander Melik-Pashayev

Works

Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich

Cherevichki (The slippers)

Artists

Georgy Nelepp
Elizaveta Antonova
Andrei Ivanov
Maxim Mikhailov
Elena Kruglikova
Sergei Krasovsky
Fyodor Godovkin
Alexandr Peregudov
Olga Insarova
Alexei Ivanov
I Ionov
Veniamin Shevtsov
Ivan Sipayev
Mikhail Skazin
Bolshoi Theatre Choir and Orchestra

Conductor

Alexander Melik-Pashayev

About

Firma Melodiya presents a recording of a wonderful but now so rarely performed lyric and comic opera - Tchaikovsky’s Cherevichki.

The opera was initially named 'Vakula the Smith'. In 1874, Tchaikovsky won a competition announced by the Russian Music Society for the best opera to a libretto by Yakov Polonsky based on the famous story 'Christmas Eve' by Nikolai Gogol from his collection 'Evenings on a Farm near Dikanka'. However, Tchaikovsky was left displeased with his piece and reworked it in 1887. The opera was then staged at the Bolshoi Theatre, and the first night of Cherevichki became Tchaikovsky’s debut as a conductor.

Gogol was one of Tchaikovsky’s favourite authors. The composer liked to stay in the Ukraine, in his sister’s manor Kamenka. Tchaikovsky brought to life the characters from Gogol’s story, their lives, legends and emotions, with the help of folk tunes, dance rhythms and expressive lyric intonations. The opera also has a gallant intermezzo – the scene at St Petersburg court in the 18th century which also attracted the composer in a later opera, 'The Queen of Spades'.

This recording of Cherevichki was realized in the late 1940s by the Bolshoi troupe led by the outstanding conductor Alexander Melik-Pashayev and featured some of the best performers of the Bolshoi of the time, such as Elena Kruglikova, Elizaveta Antonova, Georgy Nelepp, Andrei Ivanov, Maxim Mikhailov and others.

Cast:
- Vakula: Georgy Nelepp
- Solokha: Elizaveta Antonova
- Devil: Andrei Ivanov
- Chub: Maxim Mikhailov
- Oksana: Elena Kruglikova
- Pan Golova: Sergei Krasovsky
- Panas: Fyodor Godovkin
- Schoolmaster: Alexandr Peregudov
- Tsarina: Olga Insarova
- His Highness: Alexei Ivanov
- Master of Ceremonies: I Ionov
- Attendant: Veniamin Shevtsov
- Old Cossack: Ivan Sipayev
- Wood Goblin: Mikhail Skazin


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