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Kresimir Baranovic

Tchaikovsky: The Queen of Spades (3CD)

A first international release on CD for the first recording in stereo of Tchaikovsky’s tragic masterpiece of obsession.


In Herman (sung here by Alexander Marinković) and the innocent Lisa (Valerija Heybal), Tchaikovsky and his brother Modest, acting as librettist, created a portrait of doomed love as rich and complex as a mature Verdian music-drama.

Recorded in both mono and stereo but originally issued only in mono, the stereo versions were held back and finally released in Europe in the 1960s, by which time the Belgrade Opera had acquired an international reputation for excellence. Remastered for this release from the original stereo tapes, this is a demonstration-quality example of the renowned early Decca sound.

TRACK LIST / ARTISTS

PIOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY
The Queen of Spades
(Pikovaya Dama · Pique Dame)

Herman, Alexander Marinković
Count Tomsky, Jovan Gligorijević
Prince Yeletsky, Dušan Popović
Countess, Melanija Bugarinović
Liza, Valerija Heybal
Polina, Biserka Cvejić
Chekalinsky, Dragutin Petrović
Surin, Alexander Veselinović
Chaplitsky, Zivojin Iovanović
Narumov, Vladimir Popović
Governess, Mira Vershevich
Masha, Anne Jeninek
Major-Domo, Nikola Janchich
Prilepa/Chloë, Sofija Janković
Milovzor/Daphnis, Biserka Cvejić
Zlatogor/Pluto, Jovan Gligorijević

Nursemaids, governesses, wet-nurses, promenaders, guests, children, gamblers, etc.

Yugoslav Army Chorus
Children’s Choir of Radio Belgrade
Orchestra of the National Opera, Belgrade
Krešimir Baranović

FIRST INTERNATIONAL CD RELEASE ON DECCA. STEREO RECORDING