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Re: [ARSCLIST] MELODIYA DISCOGRAPHY - was Medtner playing his 3rd Piano Concerto

This is indeed an interesting situation or group of situations. I have a book about "disappearances" of people on Soviet photographs but if it were done on records it would be interesting. I do have the Soviet era recordings of the 1812 Overture and another Tschaikovsky work where they substituted the theme from Glinka's "Glory To" from the finale of "Ivan Sussman" instead of "God Save the Czar". For that matter I also have the Soviet recording of "Ivan Sussman" instead of "A Life For the Czar." By the way, in the Soviet published score of the 1812 they include BOTH themes! The Glinka is in the main part, but the original is notated in an explanatory footnote. (Steve Smolian was the one who first turned me on to the modified 1812 while we were in Ukranska Kniga in Toranto. We shared the last two copies they had. I've since gotten several other performances on 78, other LPs, and CDs.)

Michael Biel wrote:

I don't know about keepng Reizen a secret and exporting Pirogov, because BOTH of them are on the Borodin Prince Igor set I have sitting here!! I don't know when Igor was recorded, but this LP release is numbered in the late 1950s. For the Boris you mention, you are talking about 1948 and 49 which is the 78 era and the Stalin era. Anything is possible to have happened under Stalin, but I don't think they were keeping Reizen a secret because he kept on recording and his records were issued.

Looking things up a little, it does seem that the two Boris recordings were made a year apart, Reizen in 48 and Pirogov in 49

Mike Richter wrote:
The 1948 and 1949 recordings are identical except where Boris is heard. The first - with Reizen - was available only in the USSR; the second was available only outside the USSR.

Are you talking about 78 RPM issues? If so, what are the numbers? Are you making your judgement about the non-Boris segments being identical by aural comparisons of the two sets on 78 pressings? Unless you have a complete Boris by Reizen on 78s I would not trust the comparison from an LP or CD transfer because we already know that in 1975 Melodiya did flesh out the Reizen excerpts with the Pirogov complete recording. Do you have this 1975 LP issue? What are the numbers? Do you have an earlier LP with this modification? What are the numbers? I have shown you that Reizen Boris excerpts were available on LP for export in the 60s and probably even earlier. I see no indication that the complete Pirogov Boris LP set was not available inside the USSR. Do you have information with numbers that there was a complete Reizen set available inside the USSR prior to the 1975 issue?

Where Pirogov was a very fine singer, Reizen was among the greatest basses ever to record. A favorite of Stalin, his technical and musical abilities were remarkable. His last appearance on the Bolshoi stage was in a signature role (Prince Gremin) the day after his 90th birthday.

My question is only whether MK had a hand in the decision to remake the scenes with Boris for export - i.e., to keep Reizen secret.

Secret from whom? When? Are we talking about the 78 era, the early LP era (the first Soviet LPs were in 1953), the 60s or 70s?

I believe other recordings had similar modification

Titles and numbers???

and there is also a mystery about Reizen not singing Wotan in the performance of Walkuere for the Nazi visit when he so magnificently recorded the Farewell.


Reizen's recording of "Wotan's Parting With Brunhilde and Invocation of Fire" from Act III was available for export on HD 1316-7. No indication that this was not also available inside the USSR because the number come from the first year of LPs before they were exported. The H indicates a recutting in the late 50s to update technical standards. The only complete Wagner opera LP listed at that time was a Lohengrin.

Mike Biel mbiel@xxxxxxxxx

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