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Steven Ritter
Audiophile Audition, June 2012

…while there are a number of DVD Godunov’s available at the moment…this issue under review is the only high-def Blu-ray available. Fortunately for us it is a good one, more than serviceable for even the most critical Boris fan.

…the production is nicely conceived, beautifully filmed and recorded, sparsely staged though perfectly in conformance with the spirit of the original, and sung extremely well. No matter what might follow it, I feel certain that this Boris sets a suitably high standard for the future—intelligent, non-willful, and well thought out. © 2012 Audiophile Audition Read complete review

Paul Pelkonen
Superconductor, March 2012

MUSSORGSKY, M.: Boris Godunov (Teatro Regio Torino, 2010) (NTSC) OA1053D
MUSSORGSKY, M.: Boris Godunov (Teatro Regio Torino, 2010) (Blu-ray, HD) OABD7087D

Orlin Anastassov is a youthful, convincing Boris, giving the impression from the get-go of being in over his political head. His Mad Scene is something to behold, acted with wide, staring eyes, the camera unforgiving and in his face.

Of the three “main” bass parts in Boris, Varlaam is the shortest. Vladimir Matorin steals the show with his Song of Kazan, making even home viewers want to lift a glass in tribute. Tenor Peter Bronder is effective as the scheming Shuisky, conducting the rabble in their hymn of praise during the Coronation Scene.

Mr. Konchalovsky offers a spare production, on a tilted stage. The angles get even more extreme as Boris descends into madness, until finally, his throne falls straight down a steep incline, crashing onto the stage. Close camera-work on the faces of Russian peasants and boyars depicts the suffering of the people under Boris’ illegitimate regime. The lighting is minimal, reflecting the dark world of Russia during Boris’ seven-year reign. © 2012 Superconductor Read complete review

Lawrence Devoe, September 2011

…this is a well-conceived and integrated performance, having all of the forces in sync with director Konchalovsky’s concepts. Excellent audio recording is also a major plus…Mussorgsky added them to flesh out the character of the pretender Dmitri and unite him with Princess Marina…the added material offers an important subplot as well as much gorgeous music that contrasts effectively with a mostly dark and gloomy score. Bass Anastassov is a young singer to watch… Blu-ray Boris Godunov this is your choice…

Jeffrey Kauffman, August 2011

…this presentation offers really gorgeous color and some beautifully detailed costumes…this is a really nice looking Blu-ray, with admirable fine detail in close-ups…

… gorgeously sung and played production and one which certainly comes Recommended.

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