Moussorgsky - Shostakovich
Khovanshchina (1886, orch.1958-59)Duración: 195 minutos
National music drama in five acts, edited and orchestrated by Shostakovich
Libretto by Modeste Moussorgsky and Vladimir Stasov (R)
2S,M,5T,3Bar,3B 3(III=picc).3(III=corA).3(III=bcl).3(III=dbn)-22.214.171.124-timp.perc:tgl/tamb/SD/cyms/BD/gong/glsp/t.bells/cel-24harps-pft-strings On- and off-stage band: hns,tpts,trbns This work is represented by Boosey & Hawkes in the UK, British Commonwealth (excluding Canada), Republic of Ireland, mainland China, Korea and Taiwan.
Este trabajo está disponible a través de Boosey & Hawkes para el Reino Unido, países del Commonwealth (a excepción de Canadá) y la República de Irlanda.
Kononov Auditorium, St Petersburg
Kirov Theatre of Opera and Ballet, Leningrad
Leonid Baratov, Regisseur
Director: Sergei Yeltsin
Compañía: Kirov Opera
Erstaufführung der Fassung
Director: Yevgeny Svetlanov
Nota del repertorio
A completion and orchestration of Musorgsky’s opera of 1886 for a filmed performance. In five acts.
Musorgsky’s unfinished historical epic about the Khovansky Affair (the savage political struggle in late 17th century Russia that ushered in the rule of the Emperor Peter the Great) is a deeply frustrating affair. It contains some of Musorgsky’s most beautiful and inspired music, but the composer never managed to finish it and orchestrated only a few small fragments. It is therefore unperformable as it stands.
Rimsky-Korsakov made a long famous performing version, in which he cut and reordered the material to his own tastes. Shostakovich’s knowledge of Musorgsky’s music was unparallelled among modern musicians (indeed he knew much of it by heart). By returning to the composer’s original sketches as edited by Pavel Lamm, he was able to create a modern version that gives us a quite different insight from Rinsky’s into what the opera might have been like had Musorgsky managed to complete it. Shostakovich’s version is tougher, bleaker and far closer to Musorgsky’s own orchestral style than Rimsky’s beautiful but lush and ornate approach.
Shostakovich’s version, although written for a film-version of the opera, has nowadays become the standard text for performance of this piece in the world’s opera-houses.
Note by Gerard McBurney
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