The Cell Scene was omitted. Matvey Shishkov's design for the last scene of Pushkin's drama, 'The House of Boris' see illustration, right , was substituted for this hybrid of the Novodevichiy and Coronation scenes. The production ran for 26 performances over 9 years. The premiere established traditions that have influenced subsequent Russian productions and many abroad as well : 1 Cuts made to shorten what is perceived as an overlong work; 2 Declamatory and histrionic singing by the title character, often degenerating in climactic moments into shouting initiated by Ivan Melnikov, and later reinforced by Fyodor Shalyapin ; and 3 Realistic and historically accurate sets and costumes, employing very little stylization.
Production personnel included Anton Bartsal stage director , and Karl Valts scene designer. Ippolit Altani conducted. The production ran for 10 performances. Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov conducted. The production ran for 4 performances. The Rimsky-Korsakov edition of was performed.
Production personnel included Savva Mamontov producer , and Mikhail Lentovsky stage director. Giuseppe Truffi conducted. The production ran for 14 performances. Feliks Blumenfeld conducted. The opera was presented in three acts. However, the Inn Scene, which was omitted in Paris, was included. Scenery and costume designs were the same as used in Paris in —made in Russia by Golovin, Benua , and Bilibin , and shipped from Paris.
The opera was sung in Italian. Arturo Toscanini conducted. Production personnel included Sergey Dyagilev producer and Aleksandr Sanin stage director. Emil Cooper conducted. The newly published St. Basil's Scene was performed on 18 January at the Bolshoy Theatre in the revision by Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov , commissioned in to accompany the Rimsky-Korsakov edition. Production personnel included Vladimir Lossky stage director and Fyodor Fedorovsky scene designer. Ariy Pazovsky conducted.
Production personnel included Sergey Radlov stage director , and Vladimir Dmitriyev scene designer. Vladimir Dranishnikov conducted. The first performance of the Original Version abroad took place on 30 September at the Sadler's Wells Theatre. The opera was sung in English. Lawrance Collingwood conducted. The cast included Ronald Stear Boris. The premiere of the Shostakovich orchestration of of Pavel Lamm 's vocal score took place on 4 November at the Kirov Theatre.
Sergey Yeltsin conducted. The cast included Boris Shtokolov Boris. On December 16, , am adapted version of the original Mussorgsky orchestration was used for this New production, with Martti Talvela performing the title role by the Metropolitan Opera. Note: Musicologists are often not in agreement on the terms used to refer to the two authorial versions of Boris Godunov.
Editors Pavel Lamm and Boris Asafyev used "preliminary redaction" and "principal redaction" for the 1st and 2nd versions, respectively,  and David Lloyd-Jones designated them "initial" and "definitive. The differences in approach between the two authorial versions are sufficient as to constitute two distinct ideological conceptions, not two variations of a single plan. The Original Version of is rarely heard. It is distinguished by its greater fidelity to Pushkin's drama and its almost entirely male cast of soloists.
The terse Terem Scene of the version and the unrelieved tension of the two subsequent and final scenes make this version more dramatically effective to some critics e. The Revised Version of represents a retreat from the ideals of Kuchkist realism, which had come to be associated with comedy, toward a more exalted, tragic tone, and a conventionally operatic style—a trend that would be continued in the composer's next opera, Khovanshchina.
The unique features of this version include:. Mussorgsky rewrote the Terem Scene for the version, modifying the text, adding new songs and plot devices the parrot and the clock , modifying the psychology of the title character, and virtually recomposing the music of the entire scene.
The Piano Vocal Score of was the first published form of the opera, and is essentially the version with some minor musical variants and small cuts. The vocal score does not constitute a 'third version', but rather a refinement of the Revised Version. Upon revising the opera, Mussorgsky initially replaced the St. This gives the overall structure of the Revised Version the following symmetrical form: . The Rimsky-Korsakov Version of has been the most traditional version over the last century, but has recently been almost entirely eclipsed by Mussorgsky's Revised Version It resembles the Vocal Score of , but the order of the last two scenes is reversed [see Versions by Other Hands in this article for more details].
However, ' Holy Fool ' is a more accurate English equivalent. An understanding of the drama of Boris Godunov may be facilitated by a basic knowledge of the historical events surrounding the Time of Troubles , the interregnum of relative anarchy following the end of the Ryurik Dynasty and preceding the Romanov Dynasty Key events are as follows:. Note: The culpability of Boris in the matter of Dmitriy's death can neither be proved nor disproved. Karamzin accepted his responsibility as fact, and Pushkin and Mussorgsky after him assumed his guilt to be true, at least for the purpose of creating a tragedy in the mold of Shakespeare.
Modern historians, however, tend to acquit Boris. Note: Shishkov and Bocharev designed the sets samples below , some of which were used in the first complete performance in There is a brief introduction foreshadowing the 'Dmitriy Motif'. The curtain opens on a crowd in the courtyard of the monastery, where the weary regent Boris Godunov has temporarily retired. Nikitich the police officer orders the assembled people to kneel.
He goads them to clamor for Boris to accept the throne. They sing a chorus of supplication "To whom dost thou abandon us, our father? The people are bewildered about their purpose and soon fall to bickering with each other, resuming their entreaties only when the policeman threatens them with his club. Their chorus reaches a feverish climax. Andrey Shchelkalov , the Secretary of the Duma , appears from inside the convent, informs the people that Boris still refuses the throne of Russia "Orthodox folk!
The boyar is implacable! An approaching procession of pilgrims sings a hymn "Glory to Thee, Creator on high" , exhorting the people to crush the spirit of anarchy in the land, take up holy icons, and go to meet the Tsar. They disappear into the monastery. Scene 2: [Cathedral] Square in the Moscow Kremlin The orchestral introduction is based on bell motifs. As the people sing a great chorus of praise "Like the beautiful sun in the sky, glory" , a solemn procession of boyars exits the cathedral.
The people kneel. Boris appears on the porch of the cathedral. The shouts of "Glory! Boris delivers a brief monologue "My soul grieves" betraying a feeling of ominous foreboding. He prays for God's blessing, and hopes to be a good and just ruler. He invites the people to a great feast, and then proceeds to the Cathedral of the Archangel to kneel at the tombs of Russia's past rulers.
The people wish Boris a long life "Glory! A crowd breaks toward the cathedral. And at first glance, Russian pride of show seems to be the point here. We get a real, working professional Russian opera and ballet orchestra from the Bolshoi Theater, Moscow. Our conductor is the current Bolshoi music director since , the gifted and brilliant Alexander Vedernikov. And our engineers are the redoubtable multi-channel super audio team from Polyhymnia in the Netherlands who are doing about as much as anybody else ever has to bring us the best Russian orchestras and soloists now playing or singing before the public.
The bottom line here is nothing but sheer musical magic. I can listen to quite a range of approaches in this music, since after all, it is a ballet and probably has had its tempos and textures adjusted in live performance, as many different times as different star soloists and ballet companies have danced it.
That said, a recording is above all an auditory outing, like hearing the full ballet performed in a concert setting. Marvelously, what the band and conductor give us here is a lovely combination of all the best traditions and approaches. The technical notes are not exact, but it seems as if the venue here is indeed the Bolshoi Theater.
Its probable recreation in your own home theater five channel listening room will be subtle, but full, present, vivid, and vital. Bravo, Polyhymnia team. Like the famed Antal Dorati, Vedernikov encompasses this ballet story as one great whole. Not a symphony, but symphonic in sweep, color, scope, and drama nonetheless.
No solo passage or set piece is neglected, but each smaller section unfolds inside a coherent larger music view. One comes to the end of each Act, glowing and satisfied to have been hearing all that has just passed. The tempos are amazingly rock steady, without becoming dogged. Inside his chosen tempos, Vedernikov encourages the band departments to characterize brilliantly, as if the Late Romantic era had indeed invented the palette that later splashed across our High Definition video screens in a zillion digitized colors.
Between hearing the two acts, I realized that two other conductors were coming to mind as points of reference for the lovely magic that Vedernikov and his Bolshoi players are capturing. One is the legendary figure of Evgeny Mravinsky.
My other conductor is still living. The landmark venue in central Moscow was forced to shut its doors on March 17 due to a lockdown to curb the spread of the virus in and around the capital, the worst-hit region in the country. Initially, managers said the shutdown would last for a few weeks, but they finally said they would reopen on September 6, as Russia started to relax some of its toughest restrictions.
The Bolshoi theatre opens th season! She teases him, and he says he loves her. Chub comes back out of the storm, and Vakula, not recognizing him, chases him out by striking him. Seeing what he has done, Oxana sends Vakula away in a miserable state. Young people from the village come around singing Ukrainian Christmas carols.
Oxana realizes she still loves Vakula. In a peculiar and amusing first scene three men and the Devil wind up in three sacks at Solokha's hut after successively trying to seduce her, and Vakula winds up hauling the heavy sacks away. Outside three groups of carollers contend. Oxana shames Vakula into getting her the Tsaritsa's boots or else she won't marry him. He runs threatening suicide, leaving two bags which turn out to have the Deacon and Chub.
A forest sprite warns water nymphs that Vakula is coming and that he wants to commit suicide. The Devil jumps out of Vakula's sack and tries to get his soul in exchange for Oxana but Vakula instead climbs on the Devil's back. Vakula forces the Devil to take him to St. Overjoyed, King Rene hurries to embrace his daughter and then leads Vaudemont up to her. Falling on her knees, Iolanta gives passionate thanks to God for her recovery.
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