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GLINKA: Ivan Susanin (A Life for the Tsar) (Mikhailov, Spiller, Melik-Pashayev) (1947, 1950)

Composer(s):Glinka, Mikhail Ivanovich
Period(s) Classical (1750-1830)
Genre Classical Music
Category Opera
Catalogue 8.111078-80
Label Naxos Historical
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
USD 20.97



Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

The bass Maxim Mikhailov was the finest Ivan Susanin of his day and he sang the role some 400 times. Natalia Spiller, who sings his daughter, Antonida, was one of the greatest of the Bolshoi’s heroines. The singing is superb and it is difficult to imagine a vocally or dramatically finer cast or finer conducting. The Epilogue was recorded in 1950 and is conducted by Vasili Nebolsin. (Incidentally, the Sigismund III in this performance is sung by Fyodor Svetlanov, the father of the conductor Evgeni, who became the Bolshoi’s conductor in 1962.) The third CD is completed by some isolated arias sung by Antonina Nezhdanova (1913), Chaliapin (recorded in London in 1923) and Helge Rosvæ (in Berlin, 1940). Readers who can remember what Soviet recordings sounded like in



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