The Home of Opera

Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov

4 May 2018

Barcode: 0190295735517

Other participants: Ruggero Raimondi, Nicolai Gedda, Mstislav Rostropovich, The Chevy Chase Elementary School Chorus, The Oratorio Society of Washington, The Choral Arts Society of Washington, National Symphony Orchestra

This recording of Boris Godunov, conducted by Mstislav Rostropovich, became the soundtrack of a film by Polish director Andrzej Żuławski. The star of both, charismatic Italian bass Ruggero Raimondi, praised Rostropovich's decision to use Mussorgsky's own version of the score by saying: "I always believe that genius expresses itself with simplicity." Rostropovich's wife, Galina Vishnevskaya sings the Polish princess Marina Mniszek, also providing a cameo as the Hostess. Paul Plishka, an American of Ukrainian heritage, is the solemn Pimen, while veteran tenor Nicola Gedda sings the Simpleton, leaving his erstwhile role of the Pretender (Grigoriy) to the impassioned Vyacheslav Polozov.