Shostakovich's daring first opera

Valery Gergiev conducts The Nose – listen to a clip here

The Nose
Vladislav Sulimsky, Alexei Tanovitski, Tatiana Kravtsova, Andrei Popov, Sergei Semishkur, Gennady Bezzubenkov, Vadim Kravets, Sergei Skorokhodov, Yevgeny Strashko, Elena Vitman, Zhanna Dombrovskaya; Mariinsky Chorus & Orchestra/Valery Gergiev
Mariinsky MAR 0501 (hybrid CD/SACD)   110:20 mins (2 discs)

‘Gergiev wrings superb playing from his band, bringing real panache to the rapid alternations of contrast and grotesquerie and to the brilliantly inventive interludes.’ Calum MacDonald

A full review plus star ratings can be found in our July '09 issue

Audio clip: Shostakovich: The Nose – Act 1, Scene IV

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