The Enchanted Wanderer
Valery Gergiev conductor
Orchestra and Chorus of the Mariinsky Theatre
Ivan Severyanovich Flyagin / Storyteller
Grusha the Gypsy / Storyteller
The Flogged Monk / Prince / Magnetizer / Old Man in the Forest / Storyteller
Total duration 111m11s
Catalogue Number MAR0504
James Mallinson producer
Dirk Sobotka engineering, editing & mixing
Mark Donahue mixing & mastering
John Newton engineering
Recorded July 2008, Mariinsky Concert Hall, St Petersburg
Sung in Russian. Libretto in Russian & English.
Includes multi-channel 5.0 and stereo mixes.
Notes in English / en Francais / auf Deutsch / на русском языке
Opera Choice of the Month 'Gergiev feels how deeply rooted this opera is in Russian tradition.'
BBC Music Magazine
CD of the week – 10 'Aufnahmetechnik, Leistung von Solisten, Chor und Orchester und nicht zuletzt die überaus sorgfältige Edition des umfangreichen Beihefts lassen keine Wünsche offen. Eine unbedingte Empfehlung!' Klassik Heute
'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.' Opera News
'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
'Si Le Vagabond ensorcelé peut déconcerter par sa conception et ravir par ses couleurs, l'interprétation de de Valery Gergiev nous comble. L'Orchestre du Mariinski est plein de relief, le Choeur d'une magnifique ampleur, le chef idéal de verve, de fougue et de délicatesse.' Opéra Magazine
- Four fragments from The Little Humpbacked Horse
- Concerto for Orchestra No 1 "Naughty Limericks"
Rodion Shchedrin's 'concert opera' The Enchanted Wanderer premiered in New York in 2002 but did not receive its Russian premiere until 2007. However, it has rapidly entered the Mariinsky Theatre's repertory, often performed in St Petersburg and on tour.
Based on a story by the 19th-century Russian author Nikolai Leskov, the opera is steeped in Russian folklore and beliefs. It tells the fantastical story 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 a prince's retinue 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 release also features four fragments from Shchedrin's 1955 ballet score The Little Humbacked Horse and his 1963 Concerto for Orchestra, Naughty Limericks.