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By Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

VIDEO: Bolshoi: Galina Vishnevskaya, Kibkalo, Grigoriev, Petrov, Khaikin conducting; directed by Roman Tikhomirov $39.99; Kultur 1285 Opera Series; Sumptuous film production of the 1950s made in Russia with the superb Galina Vishnevskaya in her prime (for reasons best known to the old Soviet Union, actors other than the singers are in front of the camera; but it is a lively, lavish cinematic treatment). [G.R.]

AUDIO: A) LEGATO: Evgeni Belov, Galina Vishnevskaya, Sergei Lemeshev, Khaikin conducting; mono

B) DG: Thomas Allen, Mirella Freni, Neil Shicoff, Levine conducting; stereo

For Further Reading:

Eugene Onegin (Opera Guide, No 38), by Pyotr Tchaikovsky

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