Tchaikovsky: The Queen of Spades

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Tchaikovsky: The Queen of Spades

  • Disc number in the directory: MEL CD 1002088
  • Recorded: 1967
  • Release: 2013

Firma Melodiya presents a rare recording of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's opera The Queen of Spades. It seems that it is difficult to surprise a modern music lover with an unknown recording of this opera, one of the greatest masterpieces from Tchaikovsky's catalogue and opera theatre of the 19th century as it is. Today, it is a part of the repertoire of any significant music company of the world, while the classical music market showcases its various interpretations. Nevertheless, the Melodiya vaults preserve a remarkable and in many ways unusual 40-year-old recording which for a long time has not been released even on the LP. The lead parts were performed by the up and coming stars of the USSR Bolshoi Theatre of the 1970s. Zurab Anjaparidze as Herman, Tamara Milashkina as Lisa, Valentina Levko as the Countess and Yuri Mazurok as Yeletsky – although all these performers are now world-known and took part in numerous recordings afterwards, this particular interpretation was a recording debut for many of them. On the other hand, this recording also features some of the vocalists who were by then already established masters – Irina Arkhipova as Pauline and Milovzor, Vera Firsova as Prilepa, Mikhail Kiselyov as Tomsky and Viktor Nechipailo as Zlatogor. The Bolshoi orchestra and choir are conducted by the prominent maestro, People's Artist of the USSR, Boris Khaikin.

Track list

  • 1 The Queen of Spades, Op. 68: Introduction 
    Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra, Zurab Anjaparidze, Yuri Mazurok, Zurab Andjaparidze, Tamara Milashkina, Valentina Levko, Mikhail Kiselyov, Irina Arkhipova, Margarita Miglau, Vera Firsova, Victor Nechipailo, Boris Khaikin, Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre, Chorus of the Bolshoi Theatre, Children's Chorus of the Bolshoi Theatre (Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky - Alexander Pushkin, Модест Чайковский)
    03:08
  • 2 The Queen of Spades, Op. 68: Act I, Scene 1: Chorus of Children, Nurses and Others - "Burn, Burn Brightly Not to Let It Die Out" 
    Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra, Zurab Anjaparidze, Yuri Mazurok, Zurab Andjaparidze, Tamara Milashkina, Valentina Levko, Mikhail Kiselyov, Irina Arkhipova, Margarita Miglau, Vera Firsova, Victor Nechipailo, Boris Khaikin, Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre, Chorus of the Bolshoi Theatre, Children's Chorus of the Bolshoi Theatre (Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky - Alexander Pushkin, Модест Чайковский)
    05:05
  • 3 The Queen of Spades, Op. 68: Act I, Scene 1: Herman's Scene and Arioso - "What Was the End of the Yesterday's Game"  
    Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra, Zurab Anjaparidze, Yuri Mazurok, Zurab Andjaparidze, Tamara Milashkina, Valentina Levko, Mikhail Kiselyov, Irina Arkhipova, Margarita Miglau, Vera Firsova, Victor Nechipailo, Boris Khaikin, Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre, Chorus of the Bolshoi Theatre, Children's Chorus of the Bolshoi Theatre (Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky - Alexander Pushkin, Модест Чайковский)
    02:51
  • 4 The Queen of Spades, Op. 68: Act I, Scene 1: Herman's Scene and Arioso - "I Have Not Learnt Her Name"  
    Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra, Zurab Anjaparidze, Yuri Mazurok, Zurab Andjaparidze, Tamara Milashkina, Valentina Levko, Mikhail Kiselyov, Irina Arkhipova, Margarita Miglau, Vera Firsova, Victor Nechipailo, Boris Khaikin, Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre, Chorus of the Bolshoi Theatre, Children's Chorus of the Bolshoi Theatre (Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky - Alexander Pushkin, Модест Чайковский)
    02:15
  • 5 The Queen of Spades, Op. 68: Act I, Scene 1: Herman's Scene and Arioso - "If Things Are Thus, You'd Better Make Haste"  
    Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra, Zurab Anjaparidze, Yuri Mazurok, Zurab Andjaparidze, Tamara Milashkina, Valentina Levko, Mikhail Kiselyov, Irina Arkhipova, Margarita Miglau, Vera Firsova, Victor Nechipailo, Boris Khaikin, Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre, Chorus of the Bolshoi Theatre, Children's Chorus of the Bolshoi Theatre (Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky - Alexander Pushkin, Модест Чайковский)
    01:29
  • 6 The Queen of Spades, Op. 68: Act I, Scene 1: Chorus of Promenaders and Scene - "Now Thank Heaven"  
    Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra, Zurab Anjaparidze, Yuri Mazurok, Zurab Andjaparidze, Tamara Milashkina, Valentina Levko, Mikhail Kiselyov, Irina Arkhipova, Margarita Miglau, Vera Firsova, Victor Nechipailo, Boris Khaikin, Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre, Chorus of the Bolshoi Theatre, Children's Chorus of the Bolshoi Theatre (Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky - Alexander Pushkin, Модест Чайковский)
    01:51
  • 7 The Queen of Spades, Op. 68: Act I, Scene 1: "Are You Certain She Ignores Your Love" - "I Wish You All Good Luck"  
    Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra, Zurab Anjaparidze, Yuri Mazurok, Zurab Andjaparidze, Tamara Milashkina, Valentina Levko, Mikhail Kiselyov, Irina Arkhipova, Margarita Miglau, Vera Firsova, Victor Nechipailo, Boris Khaikin, Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre, Chorus of the Bolshoi Theatre, Children's Chorus of the Bolshoi Theatre (Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky - Alexander Pushkin, Модест Чайковский)
    01:28
  • 8 The Queen of Spades, Op. 68: Act I, Scene 1: "O Day of Bliss" (Duet) - "You Have Not Told Her Name"  
    Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra, Zurab Anjaparidze, Yuri Mazurok, Zurab Andjaparidze, Tamara Milashkina, Valentina Levko, Mikhail Kiselyov, Irina Arkhipova, Margarita Miglau, Vera Firsova, Victor Nechipailo, Boris Khaikin, Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre, Chorus of the Bolshoi Theatre, Children's Chorus of the Bolshoi Theatre (Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky - Alexander Pushkin, Модест Чайковский)
    01:35
  • 9 The Queen of Spades, Op. 68: Act I, Scene 1: Quintet and Scene - "I Shudder"  
    Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra, Zurab Anjaparidze, Yuri Mazurok, Zurab Andjaparidze, Tamara Milashkina, Valentina Levko, Mikhail Kiselyov, Irina Arkhipova, Margarita Miglau, Vera Firsova, Victor Nechipailo, Boris Khaikin, Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre, Chorus of the Bolshoi Theatre, Children's Chorus of the Bolshoi Theatre (Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky - Alexander Pushkin, Модест Чайковский)
    02:37
  • 10 The Queen of Spades, Op. 68: Act I, Scene 1: Tomsky's Scene and Ballad - "A Wicked Creature This Old Countess"  
    Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra, Zurab Anjaparidze, Yuri Mazurok, Zurab Andjaparidze, Tamara Milashkina, Valentina Levko, Mikhail Kiselyov, Irina Arkhipova, Margarita Miglau, Vera Firsova, Victor Nechipailo, Boris Khaikin, Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre, Chorus of the Bolshoi Theatre, Children's Chorus of the Bolshoi Theatre (Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky - Alexander Pushkin, Модест Чайковский)
    01:30
  • 11 The Queen of Spades, Op. 68: Act I, Scene 1: "It Chanced in Versailles"/ 
    Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra, Zurab Anjaparidze, Yuri Mazurok, Zurab Andjaparidze, Tamara Milashkina, Valentina Levko, Mikhail Kiselyov, Irina Arkhipova, Margarita Miglau, Vera Firsova, Victor Nechipailo, Boris Khaikin, Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre, Chorus of the Bolshoi Theatre, Children's Chorus of the Bolshoi Theatre (Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky - Alexander Pushkin, Модест Чайковский)
    03:35
  • 12 The Queen of Spades, Op. 68: Act I, Scene 1: Closing Scene - "Se non e vero"  
    Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra, Zurab Anjaparidze, Yuri Mazurok, Zurab Andjaparidze, Tamara Milashkina, Valentina Levko, Mikhail Kiselyov, Irina Arkhipova, Margarita Miglau, Vera Firsova, Victor Nechipailo, Boris Khaikin, Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre, Chorus of the Bolshoi Theatre, Children's Chorus of the Bolshoi Theatre (Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky - Alexander Pushkin, Модест Чайковский)
    03:43
  • 13 The Queen of Spades, Op. 68: Act I, Scene 2: Duet of Lisa and Pauline - "Already Shades of Night … Cloud Edges Have Grown Dim"  
    Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra, Zurab Anjaparidze, Yuri Mazurok, Zurab Andjaparidze, Tamara Milashkina, Valentina Levko, Mikhail Kiselyov, Irina Arkhipova, Margarita Miglau, Vera Firsova, Victor Nechipailo, Boris Khaikin, Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre, Chorus of the Bolshoi Theatre, Children's Chorus of the Bolshoi Theatre (Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky - Alexander Pushkin, Модест Чайковский)
    04:21
  • 14 The Queen of Spades, Op. 68: Act I, Scene 2: Scene, Pauline's Romance and Russian Song with Chorus - "How Well Your Voices Blend" 
    Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra, Zurab Anjaparidze, Yuri Mazurok, Zurab Andjaparidze, Tamara Milashkina, Valentina Levko, Mikhail Kiselyov, Irina Arkhipova, Margarita Miglau, Vera Firsova, Victor Nechipailo, Boris Khaikin, Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre, Chorus of the Bolshoi Theatre, Children's Chorus of the Bolshoi Theatre (Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky - Alexander Pushkin, Модест Чайковский)
    00:50
  • 15 The Queen of Spades, Op. 68: Act I, Scene 2: "Dear Friends"  
    Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra, Zurab Anjaparidze, Yuri Mazurok, Zurab Andjaparidze, Tamara Milashkina, Valentina Levko, Mikhail Kiselyov, Irina Arkhipova, Margarita Miglau, Vera Firsova, Victor Nechipailo, Boris Khaikin, Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre, Chorus of the Bolshoi Theatre, Children's Chorus of the Bolshoi Theatre (Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky - Alexander Pushkin, Модест Чайковский)
    04:12
  • 16 The Queen of Spades, Op. 68: Act I, Scene 2: "Now, My Darling Mary, Come Dance and Play"  
    Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra, Zurab Anjaparidze, Yuri Mazurok, Zurab Andjaparidze, Tamara Milashkina, Valentina Levko, Mikhail Kiselyov, Irina Arkhipova, Margarita Miglau, Vera Firsova, Victor Nechipailo, Boris Khaikin, Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre, Chorus of the Bolshoi Theatre, Children's Chorus of the Bolshoi Theatre (Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky - Alexander Pushkin, Модест Чайковский)
    00:42
  • 17 The Queen of Spades, Op. 68: Act I, Scene 2: Governess's Scene and Arioso - «Mesdemoiselles, What Means This Dreadful Noise?"  
    Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra, Zurab Anjaparidze, Yuri Mazurok, Zurab Andjaparidze, Tamara Milashkina, Valentina Levko, Mikhail Kiselyov, Irina Arkhipova, Margarita Miglau, Vera Firsova, Victor Nechipailo, Boris Khaikin, Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre, Chorus of the Bolshoi Theatre, Children's Chorus of the Bolshoi Theatre (Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky - Alexander Pushkin, Модест Чайковский)
    01:36
  • 18 The Queen of Spades, Op. 68: Act I, Scene 2: Closing Scene - "Tis Time You All Went Home" - "Do Not Shut the Door"  
    Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra, Zurab Anjaparidze, Yuri Mazurok, Zurab Andjaparidze, Tamara Milashkina, Valentina Levko, Mikhail Kiselyov, Irina Arkhipova, Margarita Miglau, Vera Firsova, Victor Nechipailo, Boris Khaikin, Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre, Chorus of the Bolshoi Theatre, Children's Chorus of the Bolshoi Theatre (Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky - Alexander Pushkin, Модест Чайковский)
    02:42
  • 19 The Queen of Spades, Op. 68: Act I, Scene 2: "O Burning Tears, Why Must Ye Flow?" - "O, Hear Me, Night, to Thee I May Unfold the Secret of My Soul" 
    Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra, Zurab Anjaparidze, Yuri Mazurok, Zurab Andjaparidze, Tamara Milashkina, Valentina Levko, Mikhail Kiselyov, Irina Arkhipova, Margarita Miglau, Vera Firsova, Victor Nechipailo, Boris Khaikin, Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre, Chorus of the Bolshoi Theatre, Children's Chorus of the Bolshoi Theatre (Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky - Alexander Pushkin, Модест Чайковский)
    04:15
  • 20 The Queen of Spades, Op. 68: Act I, Scene 2: "Wait but One Moment"  
    Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra, Zurab Anjaparidze, Yuri Mazurok, Zurab Andjaparidze, Tamara Milashkina, Valentina Levko, Mikhail Kiselyov, Irina Arkhipova, Margarita Miglau, Vera Firsova, Victor Nechipailo, Boris Khaikin, Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre, Chorus of the Bolshoi Theatre, Children's Chorus of the Bolshoi Theatre (Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky - Alexander Pushkin, Модест Чайковский)
    03:53

  • Total time: 160:35