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A Splendid Whiff

This first in Mariinski label releases shows Maestro Gergiev at his energetic best, and leaves one hoping that superb recordings from the new Concert Hall will abound. Perhaps an odd choice for an initial outing, but really a fun selection with lots of thrilling highs and an injection of folk and atonal elements. Based on Gogol's story of a nose that "runs" off on its owner, then appears around St. Petersburg dressed as a pomp official, rejecting its owner's pleas, it is a fun tale. The opera premiered 80 years ago and disappeared for most of the Soviet era, perhaps seen as a jab at authority. Even now, it may jab at new money and those who have left us in a global economic mess. Musically, it is a wild ride, and only Valery Gergiev could take us along on this roller coaster. Of special note, the production values are superb, and hats off to the engineers for capturing perfect sound in one of the world's greatest new venues. Let that Nose run!


The recording is the best one. If you listen to samples of the other recording, it has lot's of coughing from the audience and it's very old and musty sounding. This one is not live and it was recorded with great care. The only reason i even heard of this opera is bcause the metropolitan opera in new york did it and this recording has the same conductor and police inspector. this is the best recording of the work and the cheapest with one of the first full good libretto translations. You might be interested to know that i am 11 years old. If i like it you probably will too.

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Shostakovich: The Nose, Valery Gergiev
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  • $19.99
  • Genres: Classical, Music, Opera
  • Released: Jun 09, 2009

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