Saturday Night at the Opera playlist for 03/24/2012

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Artist Title Album Label Link
Dmitri Shostakovich Selections from the 24 Preludes, op. 34 Vladimir Viardo, piano Elektra Nonesuch
Dmitri Shostakovich Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, op. 29 Orchestre et Choeurs de l'Opera Bastille, with Myung-Whun Chung, conductor Deutsche Gramaphone
Dmitri Shostakovich Six Songs to Poems by Marina Tsvetayeva, op. 143a Irina Bogacheva, mezzo-soprano, with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra conducted by Rudolf Barshai Columbia

The main focus of tonight's show was Shostakovich's famously controversial Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District, with Maria Ewing as Katerina Izmailova, Aage Haugland as Boris Izmailov, Philip Langridge as Zinovi Izmailov, Sergei Larin as Sergei, Kristine Ciesinsi as Aksinya, Heinz Zednik as the Shabby Peasant, Jean-Pierre Mazaloubaud as the Steward, Guillaume Petitot as the Porter, Jean-Claude Costa as the 1st Foreman, Jean Savignol as the 2nd Foreman, Jose Ochagavia as the 3rd Foreman, Grigory Gritziuk as the Millhand, Alan Woodrow as the Coachman, Romuald Tesarowicz as the Priest, Anatoly Kotcherga as the Polic Sergeant, Philippe Duminy as the Policeman, Ilya Levinsky as the Teacher, Mario Agnetti as the Drunken Guest, Carlos Alvarez as the Officer, Johann Tilli as the Sentry, Elena Zaremba as Sonyetka, and Kurt Moll and Margaret Jane Wray as the Convicts. The Chorus is led, in this recording, by Gunter Wagner.