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Shostakovich, Dmitri

Katerina Ismailova (1955-63)

Duration: 174 minutes

Opera in 4 Acts


Libretto by Aleksandr Preis and the composer, based on a short story by Nikolai Leskov.


Scoring

3S,A,9T,2Bar,highB,8B-chorus 3(II=picc,III=picc,afl).3(III=corA).4(IV=Ebcl).3(III=dbn)-4.3.3.1-timp.perc:tgl/wdbl/tamb/SD/BD/cym/tam-t/glsp/xyl-cel-2hp-strings stage band; 4crt.2tpt.6hn(2S,2A,2bar).2tuba This work is represented by Boosey & Hawkes in the UK, British Commonwealth (excluding Canada), Republic of Ireland, mainland China, Korea and Taiwan

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Territory

This work is available from Boosey & Hawkes for the UK, countries of the Commonwealth (excluding Canada) and the Republic of Ireland.


World Premiere
08/01/1963
Stanislavsky & Nemirovich-Danchenko Theatre, Moscow
Lev Mikhailov, director
Conductor: Gennadi Provitorov


Repertoire Note

‘Katerina Ismailova’ is the alternative name of Shostakovich’s opera Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District op.29. As op.114, the work is a revision of the original opera, with two new entr’actes, a major revision to Act 1 Scene 3, and smaller changes elsewhere. In his lifetime, Shostakovich gave it out that he preferred the piece to be performed in this later revision. Nowadays it is usually played in the original version (op.29) which itself poses problems of alternative readings as the composer was already busy revising the piece at the time of its first performances in the 1930s.

Note by Gerard McBurney


Moods

Dramatic


Subjects

Ethics, Literary, Relationships, Society


Recommended Recording

Galina Vishnevskaya/Nicolai Gedda/Dimiter Petkov/Ambrosian Opera Chorus
London Philharmonic Orchestra/Mstislav Rostropovich
EMI 7243 5 67776 2 0 (2CD)

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Katerina Ismailova


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