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Florestan
March 14th, 2019, 05:06 AM
As a review, this is fairly minimal, but I am hoping for some feedback from others. So, currently I have the following sets on CD:

Some good singing, others sound odd, partly due to it being sung in English. Great for learning the story though and associating it with the music:
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My favorite so far and I suspect the best one not sung by native Russians:
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I don't care for this as much as the Levine set above. Yes, has my favorite baritone, Hvorostovski, but the rest of the singers don't seem as good as on the Levine set.
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I have this one on order and it is very promising from the sound clips anyway:
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Also have this one on order and it also is very promising:
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I am told that I need this set, but am reluctant because of the sound quality is fair but not super. Also pretty expensive used, except if D'Oro release which maybe is not as good of sound as this one?:
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Then i see a couple others that look interesting:

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A different recording with Dmirti Hvorostovski. Might be one to pursue.
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What else? Any thoughts on those posted above? Any further recommendations?

MAuer
March 14th, 2019, 11:17 AM
I have the Solti audio recording with Bernd Weikl, Teresa Kubiak, and Stuart Burrows. I think it also provides the "soundtrack" for a video, though the individuals seen in the video are actors and not the singers themselves. I enjoy it, though I don't know how authentic the non-Russian cast sounds. The second Hvorostovsky recording from the ROH looks interesting (but that's because I like Gwynne Howell!).

Florestan
March 14th, 2019, 11:46 AM
The second Hvorostovsky recording from the ROH looks interesting (but that's because I like Gwynne Howell!).

If only I could find sound clips for that one.