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Re: Tchaikovsky's Voyevoda
This argument has been pursued at some length in this discussion board in the past, with particular reference to some (by no means all) of Melodiya's reissues of Russian vocal works. As I explained in my original review of the recording under discussion, the lack of information regarding the work - the nature of the plot, what is actually going on, and so on - renders the issue incomprehensible for anyone who does not speak Russian. This was compounded in the case of this issue by the fact that the track listings contained a whole raft of misprints or mis-translations. If the listener is prepared simply to treat the music as self-sufficient - which I am sure Tchaikovsky would not have countenanced, whatever his reasons for suppressing the score - then the results are interesting; but obviously not sufficiently of interest to keep the recording available after the initial period of release. Which is a pity, since the excellent performance - as I did point out in my original review - has a definite value.
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