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MUSSORGSKY, Ezio Pinza, Charles Kullman, Leonard Warren, Ettore Panizza

Boris Godunov

  • Ezio Pinza - bass
  • Charles Kullman - baritone
  • Leonard Warren - baritone
  • Ettore Panizza - conductor
  • The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus - orchestra
  • MUSSORGSKY
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3 CD:

Nr kat.: 8110044
Label  : NAXOS

Review by: Robert Levine Artistic Quality: 8 Sound Quality: 6 There are several well-known editions of this score–Mussorgsky’s own, Rimsky-Korsakov’s–but here’s a new one: The Met’s. Recorded in December, 1939, this Italian-language version contains almost all of Mussorgsky’s music from both of his versions–but the Kromy Forest Scene is placed before Boris’ death and the Coronation Scene, amazingly, shows up after the dreary scene in Pimen’s cell! Perhaps the Met realized its audience needed to be jolted by a star-singer every so often, but whatever the reason, it’s disconcerting. That having been said, there’s much to admire here: Ezio Pinza’s Boris is lavishly, luxuriously intoned, with great beauty and pathos, and if the Italian language sounds absolutely wrong throughout, at least Pinza sounds at home with it. In Italian, and as led by Ettore Panizza, the Polish Act sounds like a true Italian opera, and Kerstin Thorberg (as Marina) and Charles Kullman (as Dmitri) might be right out of Verdi, with Leonard Warren’s Rangoni unctuously right behind. Nicola Moscona sounds more baritonal than bass-ish as Pimen, but he’s still effective, and the remainder of the large cast, especially the slimy Shuysky of Alessio de Paolis, is top-notch. This is obviously a Boris for those with a taste for marinara sauce with their blinis, but that may not be such a terrible dish after all. [10/2/1999]