TCHAIKOVSKY: PIQUE DAME - Emil Tchakarov, Svetsolav Obretenov Chorus, Sofia Festival Orchestra
From 1988, a superb recording of The Queen of Spades (Pique Dame), with Emil Tchakarov and Bulgarian Opera. “When Tchaikovsky’s work is as superbly performed and recorded as it is here,” wrote Gramophone, “it sounds like the most convincing and inspired opera in the Russian language … A reading that catches all the romantic yearning, feverish passion and eerie atmosphere of this amazing score.” The cast is outstanding too: “Wieslaw Ochman makes an impres-sive Herman … Yuri Mazurok is a superb Yeletsky, and the duet of Lisa and her companion, Pauline, is beautifully done by Stefka Evstateiva and Stefania Toczyska” (Penguin Guide).
Tchaikovsky: Pique Dame
Wieslaw Ochman (Hermann), Stefka Evstatieva (Lisa), Penka Dilova (Countess), Ivan Konsulov (Count Tomsky), Yuri Mazurok (Prince Yeletsky), Stefania Toczyska (Pauline), Angel Petkov (Chekalinsky), Peter V Petrov (Surin), Mincho Popov (Chaplitsky), Mincho Popov (Major-domo), Stoil Georgiev (Narumov), Wesselina Katsarova (Governess), Roumyana Bareva (Masha), Elena Stoyanova (Prilepa)
Svetsolav Obretenov Chorus, Sofia Festival Orchestra, Emil Tchakarov