Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov (3-CD) – Ruggero Raimondi

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Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov (3-CD) – Ruggero Raimondi

Composer: Modest Mussorgsky
Artists: Ruggero Raimondi, Vyacheslav Polozov, Paul Plishka, Galina Vishnevskaya, Romuald Tesarowicz, Misha Raitzin, Kenneth Riegel, Mira Zakai, Nicolai Gedda, Chevy Chase Elementary School Chorus, Oratorio Society of Washington, Choral Arts Society of Washington, National Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Mstislav Rostropovich
Number of Discs: 3
Label: PRX/Warner Classics/Parlophone
CD Release Date: May 4, 2018

This recording of Boris Godunov, conducted by Mstislav Rostropovich, became the soundtrack of a film by Polish director Andrzej Zulawski. The star of both, charismatic Italian bass Ruggero Raimondi, praised Rostropovich’s decision to use Mussorgsky’s own version of the score by saying: “I always believe that genius expresses itself with simplicity.” Rostropovich’s wife, Galina Vishnevskaya, sings the Polish princess Marina Mniszek, also providing a cameo as the Hostess. Paul Plishka, an American of Ukrainian heritage, is the solemn Pimen, while veteran tenor Nicola Gedda sings the Simpleton, leaving his erstwhile role of the Pretender (Grigoriy) to the impassioned Vyacheslav Polozov.



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