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Tchaikowsky: Eugene Onegin
Galina Vishnevskaya, Larissa Avdeyeva, Sergei Lemeshev, Yevgeny Belov, Ivan Petrov
Orchestra and Chorus of the Bolshoi Opera
Boris Khaikin, conductor
BMG - Melodiya

Vishnevskaya's early attempt at Tatiana remains unsurpassed, the emotion coming out of your loudspeakers will floor you. Khaikin's sympathetic baton never lets the music get dragged out of shape, and the rest of the cast is worthy of the heroine.

Tippett: A Midsummer Marriage
Joan Carlyle, Elisabeth Harwood, Alberto Remedios, Stuart Burrows, Raimund Herincx
Orchestra and Chorus of Covent Garden
Sir Colin Davis, conductor

Don't ask why Philips sold their tapes to Lyrita, just run out and get hold of this masterpiece, Tippett at his most lyrical with performers capable of supplying the necessary emotion. And don't believe all that nonsense about the libretto - it is no worse or sillier than that of many another masterpiece.

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