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Daniel Morrison
Fanfare, November 2014

Galina Gorchakova looks, acts, and sings the part of Renata superbly. Her tone is smooth, solid, and well focused, and her delivery is powerfully dramatic without degenerating into shrillness or shrieking. Sergei Leiferkus’s slightly abrasive timbre is appropriate for the almost equally obsessive Ruprecht, and he too is a fine vocal actor. © 2014 Fanfare Read complete review




Daniel Morrison
Fanfare, November 2014

Excellent in performance and staging, this reissue is an indispensable documentation of one of this composer’s major works. © 2014 Fanfare



David Shengold
Opera News, October 2014

This 1993 performance documents the Mariinsky Theatre in an era when high artistic excitement prevailed in Valery Gergiev’s theater.

David Freeman’s Mariinsky staging…makes some of the best use of dancers/mimes I’ve ever seen in opera, with living gargoyle-like demons…Video director Brian Large does well with close-ups…[and able to] capture the production’s final scene, an orgiastic writhing mass of nuns and demons.

Convincingly beclouded by visions and passion, Galina Gorchakova manages to stay vocally fresh throughout while pumping out sound in the upper middle register…Sergei Leiferkus manages to inject remarkable legato into what can be a ranted part.

This kind of percussive, driving music elicits Gergiev’s best. © 2014 Opera News Read complete review




Manuel Ribeiro
Pizzicato, July 2014

This production of Sergei Prokofiev’s The Fiery Angel from the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg is breathtaking, both dramatically and musically. In David Freeman’s scary staging, Galina Gorchakova and Sergei Leiferkus fascinate with brilliant performances. © 2014 Pizzicato




Richard Sininger
American Record Guide, July 2014

Gergiev and his St Petersburg forces have become the standard today for Russian opera. Not only musically, but dramatically as well, this production, directed by David Freeman, seems to me to get at the heart of the opera. I cannot imagine a more effective production of this opera. © 2014 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Robert Cummings
Classical Net, June 2014

Regarding this performance of The Fiery Angel, I can only say it is a powerful account in nearly every important respect. Soprano Galina Gorchakova…is splendid both vocally and dramatically. Baritone Sergei Leiferkus as Ruprecht is equally compelling, and the rest of the cast is fine, but I must single out Vladimir Ognovenko for his riveting portrayal of the Inquisitor.

The camera work is excellent and the sound reproduction good…this is overall a great production of a major masterpiece and the finest of the three recordings of the opera. Highest recommendations! © 2014 Classical Net Read complete review



Robert Benson
ClassicalCDReview.com, May 2014

The performance on this DVD was filmed in 1993 and has been available on CD for some years. Now we have this spectacular DVD, magnificently filmed with excellent stereo sound. The performance could not be bettered, with Galina Gorchakova early in her career, perfect dramatically and vocally. She is matched by another sterling Russian, Sergei Leiferkus as Ruprecht—the chemistry between them is remarkable. There is not a weak link in the entire cast, and David Roger’s stark sets are effective. Director David Freeman has done everything right, and his staging imaginatively uses the dancers and St Petersburg Mariinsky Acrobatic Troupe. Nothing is left to the imagination in the orgy scene. Gergiev is a master of this repertory. This is a major opera issue—don’t miss it! © 2014 ClassicalCDReview.com Read complete review





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