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The Four Boris's
Posted by Lee Denham on February 23, 2019, 10:15 am
I really enjoyed Ralph Moore's last-but-one Conspectus (I've not read La Fanciulla yet !) on Boris Godunov. With its multiple editions, it cannot be an easy work to assess or describe, but I have no quibble with Ralph's fair and reasoned conclusions. It is an opera that means a lot to me, so much so that not only do I need to have both the 1869 and 1872 "pure Mussorgsky" versions on my shelves, but also the colour and spectacle of Rimsky Korsakov's more flamboyant version too. And once you have heard what Shostakovich does to the bells in the Coronation Scene (as Ralph mentions), transforming them into the stuff of Stalinist nightmares, maybe you won't want to part with his version either. Here they are on Youtube:
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