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Shostakovich: Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk CD (Mstislav Rostropovich)

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Two years after its triumphant 1934 premiere, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk was condemned by Joseph Stalin. Nearly four decades later, Mstislav Rostropovich - Shostakovich's student and friend - and his wife Galina Vishnevskaya became political exiles from the Soviet Union. It was in London that the celebrated conductor and soprano made this world premiere recording of the original, controversial version of the opera, unleashing all its passion, brutality and dark, cynical humour.

Composer:Dmitri Shostakovich
Katerina Ismailova: 
Galina Vishnevskaya
 Nicolai Gedda
Taru Valjakka
Boris Ismailov:
 Dimiter Petkov
 Birgit Finnilä
Zinovy Ismailov:
 Werner Krenn

Ambrosian Opera Chorus
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Mstislav Rostropovich

Duration: 154.53 mins
Year: 1979
English text & synopsis