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Posted by paul corfield godfrey on November 27, 2017, 8:59 am
I was intrigued to see that Naxos have now issued a suite arranged by Peter Breiner from this opera. In his review of this, Stephen Francis Vasta notes that the complete opera has been the subject of a reconstruction despite the fact that Tchaikovsky withdrew and partially destroyed the score. In fact the complete work was reissued on a Melodiya recording two years ago which I reviewed for this site, commenting that the abysmal quality of the English translation that was provided, and the atrociously inadequate nature of the furnished synopsis, effectively abnegated any value the issue might have possessed - at any rate for non-Russian speakers. It is not altogether surprising that it seems already to have been deleted, although I note that Amazon are offering second-hand copies at highly inflated prices. Nor did the Melodiya material indicate which of the two rival reconstructions were employed in the recording, although I suggested in my review that it was that made by Pavel Lamm.
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