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Pan classics presents - as re-release of a former release on the Relief label in 2002 - a unique live recording of Pyotr Tchaikovskys "Pique Dame" (The Queen of Spades). The concert performance took place at the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory in December 1989 and featured the celebrated Moscow debut of Dmitri Hvorostovsky. It was Yeletsky's part that was of crucial importance in Hvorostovsky's career. The singer, who sadly died in 2017, had just turned 27 and had that same year won the prestigious Cardiff Singer of the World competition, having previously made his operatic debut in the West at the Nice Opera in 1988 in the same role as he sings here. Hvorostovsky continued to perform in productions of "Pique Dame" on the world's greatest opera stages such as Mariinsky, Metropolitan Opera, Vienna State Opera, La Scala and Covent Garden. However, his is not the only name highlighted in the cast list; similarly emphasized is the great mezzo-soprano Irina Arkhipova, who performed here the part of the Countess for the first time and died in 2010. There are yet more famous and now deceased singers here, too, including Bolshoi bass Alexander Vedernikov, a fixture in Russian opera for many years who died aged 90 and Grigory Gritsyuk, whose firm, incisive baritone is a really striking asset to this recording; he died prematurely in 2000. Distinguished tenor Vitaly Tarashchenko was one of the best interpreters of Hermann of the 1980's and 1990's, singing here very expressive and with excellent legato. For conductor Vladimir Fedoseyev it was the first time that he turned to The Queen of Spades. Afterwards, at the turn of the century, he became one of the best interpreters of the opera.
Pan classics presents - as re-release of a former release on the Relief label in 2002 - a unique live recording of Pyotr Tchaikovskys "Pique Dame" (The Queen of Spades). The concert performance took place at the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory in December 1989 and featured the celebrated Moscow debut of Dmitri Hvorostovsky. It was Yeletsky's part that was of crucial importance in Hvorostovsky's career. The singer, who sadly died in 2017, had just turned 27 and had that same year won the prestigious Cardiff Singer of the World competition, having previously made his operatic debut in the West at the Nice Opera in 1988 in the same role as he sings here. Hvorostovsky continued to perform in productions of "Pique Dame" on the world's greatest opera stages such as Mariinsky, Metropolitan Opera, Vienna State Opera, La Scala and Covent Garden. However, his is not the only name highlighted in the cast list; similarly emphasized is the great mezzo-soprano Irina Arkhipova, who performed here the part of the Countess for the first time and died in 2010. There are yet more famous and now deceased singers here, too, including Bolshoi bass Alexander Vedernikov, a fixture in Russian opera for many years who died aged 90 and Grigory Gritsyuk, whose firm, incisive baritone is a really striking asset to this recording; he died prematurely in 2000. Distinguished tenor Vitaly Tarashchenko was one of the best interpreters of Hermann of the 1980's and 1990's, singing here very expressive and with excellent legato. For conductor Vladimir Fedoseyev it was the first time that he turned to The Queen of Spades. Afterwards, at the turn of the century, he became one of the best interpreters of the opera.
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Pique Dame (3pk)
Artist: Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra
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1. Pique Dame, Op. 68, Th 10, Act I Scene 1: Introduction (Live)
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2. Pique Dame, Op. 68, Th 10, Act I Scene 1: Mountains, Mountains Clear (Live)
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3. Pique Dame, Op. 68, Th 10, Act I Scene 1: How Did The Game End Yesterday? (Live)
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4. Pique Dame, Op. 68, Th 10, Act I Scene 1: Finally God (Live)
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5. Pique Dame, Op. 68, Th 10, Act I Scene 1: I'm Scared! (Live)
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6. Pique Dame, Op. 68, Th 10, Act I Scene 1: What A Witch (Live)
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7. Pique Dame, Op. 68, Th 10, Act I Scene 1: Se Non È Vero (Live)
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8. Pique Dame, Op. 68, Th 10, Act I Scene 2: It's Already Evening (Live)
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9. Pique Dame, Op. 68, Th 10, Act I Scene 2: Charming (Live)
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10. Pique Dame, Op. 68, Th 10, Act I Scene 2: Mes Demoiselles (Live)
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11. Pique Dame, Op. 68, Th 10, Act I Scene 2: It's Time To Leave (Live)
12. Pique Dame, Op. 68, Th 10, Act II Scene 1: Entr'acte - Joyfully, Cheerfully On This Day (Live)
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1. Pique Dame, Op. 68, Th 10, Act II Scene 1: The Owner Asks Dear (Live)
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2. Pique Dame, Op. 68, Th 10, Act II Scene 1: After The Presentation (Live)
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3. Pique Dame, Op. 68, Th 10, Act II Scene 1: Intermezzo - Under The Thick Shadow (Live)
4. Pique Dame, Op. 68, Th 10, Act II Scene 1: Who Passionately And Passionately Loving! (Live)
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5. Pique Dame, Op. 68, Th 10, Act II Scene 2: It's Just Like She Told Me (Live)
6. Pique Dame, Op. 68, Th 10, Act II Scene 2: Don't Be Scared! (Live)
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7. Pique Dame, Op. 68, Th 10, Act III Scene 1: Entr'acte - I Don't Believe That (Live)
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8. Pique Dame, Op. 68, Th 10, Act III Scene 1: I'm Scared! (Live)
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9. Pique Dame, Op. 68, Th 10, Act III Scene 2: It's Nearing Midnight (Live)
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1. Pique Dame, Op. 68, Th 10, Act III Scene 2: What If My Answer (Live)
2. Pique Dame, Op. 68, Th 10, Act III Scene 3: Let's Drink And Have Fun! (Live)
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3. Pique Dame, Op. 68, Th 10, Act III Scene 3: If Only Lovely Girls (Live)
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4. Pique Dame, Op. 68, Th 10, Act III Scene 3: Get To Work, Gentlemen (Live)
5. Pique Dame, Op. 68, Th 10 (Excerpts): Introduction [Live]
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6. One Day (Live)
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7. Pique Dame, Op. 68, Th 10 (Excerpts): Tomsky's Aria [Live]
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8. Old Countess (Live)
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9. Pique Dame, Op. 68, Th 10 (Excerpts): I Love You [Live]
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10. Joke (Live)
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11. Pique Dame, Op. 68, Th 10 (Excerpts): Oh Shame Me [Live]
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12. Pique Dame, Op. 68, Th 10 (Excerpts): Don't Be Scared [Live]
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13. He Woke Up (Live)
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14. Pique Dame, Op. 68, Th 10 (Excerpts): Herman's Scene [Live]
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15. Pique Dame, Op. 68, Th 10 (Excerpts): Everyone Surrounded [Arr. For Narrator & Orchestra] [Live]
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16. Pique Dame, Op. 68, Th 10 (Excerpts): Herman's Final Scene [Live]
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17. Final Scene (Live)
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Pan classics presents - as re-release of a former release on the Relief label in 2002 - a unique live recording of Pyotr Tchaikovskys "Pique Dame" (The Queen of Spades). The concert performance took place at the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory in December 1989 and featured the celebrated Moscow debut of Dmitri Hvorostovsky. It was Yeletsky's part that was of crucial importance in Hvorostovsky's career. The singer, who sadly died in 2017, had just turned 27 and had that same year won the prestigious Cardiff Singer of the World competition, having previously made his operatic debut in the West at the Nice Opera in 1988 in the same role as he sings here. Hvorostovsky continued to perform in productions of "Pique Dame" on the world's greatest opera stages such as Mariinsky, Metropolitan Opera, Vienna State Opera, La Scala and Covent Garden. However, his is not the only name highlighted in the cast list; similarly emphasized is the great mezzo-soprano Irina Arkhipova, who performed here the part of the Countess for the first time and died in 2010. There are yet more famous and now deceased singers here, too, including Bolshoi bass Alexander Vedernikov, a fixture in Russian opera for many years who died aged 90 and Grigory Gritsyuk, whose firm, incisive baritone is a really striking asset to this recording; he died prematurely in 2000. Distinguished tenor Vitaly Tarashchenko was one of the best interpreters of Hermann of the 1980's and 1990's, singing here very expressive and with excellent legato. For conductor Vladimir Fedoseyev it was the first time that he turned to The Queen of Spades. Afterwards, at the turn of the century, he became one of the best interpreters of the opera.
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