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Shchedrin - The Enchanted Wanderer

The Classical Shop
release date: April 2010

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz
album available as a Studio Master
Originally recorded in 2010


Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre

Valery Gergiev

Sergei Aleksashkin

Evgeny Akimov

Kristina Kapustinskaya

Chorus of the Mariinsky Theatre


Mariinsky Concert Hall, St Petersburg, Russia

15-25 Jul 2008


James Mallinson


Dirk Sobotka

John Newton

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Orchestral & Concertos

Total Time - 111:11
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The Enchanted Wanderer

  Opera for the stage, in two parts  
  Part One  
1 Prologue 3:32
2 The Flogged Monk (The Portent) 6:31
3 Tatar Captivity 7:39
4 Ivan's Plea 6:29
5 Russian Shepherds 2:10
6 Ivan's Tale 1:39
7 Duet 5:59
8 Drunken Night 2:09
9 Grusha the Gypsy 12:49
  Part Two  
10 Recitative - Dialogue 6:50
11 Duet and Recitative 7:00
12 The Prince's Engagement to a Wealthy Bride and Monologue of Ivan 4:42
13 Ships on the Volga 0:59
14 Final Duet and Scene 15:05
15 Laments 1:22
16 Epilogue 3:53

Four fragments from the ballet 'The Little Humbacked Horse'

17 I Introduction 2:00
18 II Duettino of Ivan and Tsar Maiden 3:35
19 III Gypsy Dance 2:42
20 IV Maidens' Round Dance and Quadrille 5:40

Concerto for Orchestra No.1 'Naughty Limericks'

Shchedrin’s ‘concert opera’ The Enchanted Wanderer was premiered in New York in 2002 and did not receive its Russian premiere until 2007. However, it has rapidly entered the repertoire of the Mariinsky Theatre, having been performed in St Petersburg and on tour.

Based on a short story by the nineteenth-century Russian author Nikolai Leskov, the opera is steeped in Russian folklore and beliefs. It tells the tale of Ivan, a young man who, in the course of his travels, flogs a monk to death, is captured and tortured by the Tatars, joins the retinue of a prince as horse trainer, loves and loses (to said prince) a Gypsy woman whom he subsequently kills at her own request, and is ultimately led by her ghost to a monastery, where he takes holy orders to atone for his deeds. The CD release also features four fragments from Shchedrin’s 1955 ballet score The Little Humpbacked Horse and the 1963 Concerto for Orchestra Naughty Limericks.

Nominated for Best Opera & Best Contemporary Classical Composition in 2011 Grammy Awards


10 December 2010

Choc de Classica

Classica - 27 April 2010

                    CD of the Week – 10

Klassik Heute - 1 December 2010

                     La Clef

Res Musica (France) - 1 December 2010

‘The three soloists are excellent ... Best of all though is mezzo Kristina Kapustinskaya, still at the beginning of her career and destined for great things. This is mezzo singing one dreams of ... Valery Gergiev, who prepared the score in the presence of the composer, leads the forces masterfully’

International Record Review - December 2010

‘Kapustinskaya sounds like another natural candidate for international deployment. The company’s chorus always provides real tonal pleasure ... Once again, the orchestral performances and recording are outstanding’

David Shengold

Opera News (USA) - 9 December 2010

"...Gergiev and his cast convey all with vivid conviction. Fragments from Shchedrin’s The Little Humpbacked Horse and Concerto for Orchestra No 1 fill out the two discs satisfyingly." ****

Phillip Sommerich

Classical Music Magazine - 10 April 2010

    BBC Opera Choice

Performance *****      Recording *****

"...Gergiev and his forces instinctively feel how deeply rooted it [The Enchanted Wanderer] is in Russian tradition."  "...Gergiev, who has been championing Shchedrin’s music of late, also revels in the brilliant orchestration of the composer’s first ballet, The Little Humpbacked Horse (1955), which with its folk-inspired round dances sounds like a mid-century Petrushka. The 1963  Concerto for Orchestra, Naughty Limericks, rounds things off in witty and virtuosic style."

John Allison

BBC Music Magazine - May 2010

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