Work of the week - Rodion Shchedrin's "Boyarina Morozova"
The ECHO Classic-Award in the category "The opera recording of the year - XX-XXI century" goes this year to Rodion Shchedrin's choral opera "Boyarina Morozova". The award is paying tribute to a CD production of the Schott-Label WERGO with the Russian conductor Boris Tevlin and the Chamber Choir of the Moscow Conservatory.
The prize-giving ceremony will take place on October 19, 2008, at the Philharmonic hall of the Gasteig in Munich. This prestigious prize is the most famous German award for sound carriers in serious music's field and is bestowed each year by the German broadcasting company ZDF and the German Phone-Academy.
The life and sufferings of Boyarina Morozova and her sister Princess Urusova
Russian choral opera in two parts for four soloists, mixed choir, trumpet, timpani, and percussion
Libretto by Rodion Shchedrin after texts from "The life of Protopope Avvakum" and "The life of Boyarina Morozova"
Larisa Kostyuk: mezzo-soprano (Boyarina Morozova) / Veronika Dzhioeva: soprano (Princess Urusova) / Andrew Goodwin: tenor (Protopope Avvakum) / Mikhail Davydov: bass (Czar Alexei Mikhailovich) / Solist of the Boys´Choir (Direction: Leonid Baklushin): Andrei Orlov (Morozova´s son) / Kirill Soldatov: trumpet / Viktor Grishin: timpani / Mikhail Dunayev: percussion / Chamber Choir of the Moscow
Conservatory / Boris Tevlin: conductor
WER 67002 (CD with 88-page booklet)