Karetnikov: Till Eulenspiegel

Composer Nikolai Karetnikov
Artist Boris Koudriavstev Till
Ékatérina Mazo Nele
Alexeï Martynov Lamme
USSR Cinema Symphony Orchestra
Emin Khachaturian & Valery Polyanksy conductors
Format 2 CD
Cat. number 9423
EAN code 5029365942324
Release August 2013

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About this release

“Multiform and yet organically homogeneous, modern and yet timeless, comical and yet deeply moving, Nikolai Karetnikov’s Till Eulenspiegel is certainly an opera unlike any other in contemporary music.” (André Lischke)

Russian composer Nikolai Karetnikov was born in 1930, and was a student of the famous teacher and composer Vissarion Shebalin. He is of the same generation of “Angry Young Men (and Women..)” Denisov, Schnittke and Gubaidulina, who didn’t conform to Soviet aesthetics as laid down by Kabalevsky, but went their own ways.

Karetnikov’s style is wildly eclectic in a highly personal way: 5 centuries of styles and genres pass by in a collage like procession, from Minnesänger songs, burlesque mass scenes, modal scales, dance rhythms to 12-tone structures. Modern but timeless, comical but deeply moving, this is an opera with a difference! In 2,5 hours there is not a single dull moment.

Karetnikov’s Till Eulenspiegel has been described as “the finest Russian opera since Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth” (Gramophone). The product of almost 20 years’ work, a true fusion of many types of opera, thanks to the buffa elements of Till’s trickster personality, the drama of Klaas’ death, and the opéra engagé nature that introduces the characters of Charles V, Philip II and the Count of Egmont.

In the title role is Boris Koudriavstev, and Ékatérina Mazo plays Till’s fiancée alongside a native cast that contributes to this ‘fascinating, important and inspiring issue’ (Gramophone).

Other information:
- Digital recording made in 1988, A highly original addition to the Brilliant Classics Opera Collection, a treasure trove of the familiar and the rare!
- Excellent performance by Russian forces, expertly held together by two conductors: Emin Khatchaturian and Valery Polyansky.
- Only available recording of this significant work, long unavailable on CD.
- Contains a synopsis and notes on the composer and work.
- English libretto available at www.brilliantclassics.com.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Till Eulenspiegel, Act 1: Prologue. The Baptism of Till (Priest, Godfather, Klaas, Katlina)
  2. Till Eulenspiegel, Act 1: The Birth of Philip and Katlina’s Prediction (Philip II, Charles V, Empress, Katlina, Klaas)
  3. Till Eulenspiegel, Act 1: The Market (Voices, Crowd, Nele, Till, Market Monk, Fishmonger, Herald)
  4. Till Eulenspiegel, Act 1: The Departure from Damme (Nele, Till, Lamme)
  5. Till Eulenspiegel, Act 1: The Pilgrims of Saint-Martin (Women, Joost, Tyl, Lamme)
  6. Till Eulenspiegel, Act 1: The Gentlemen (Count of Egmont, Philip II, Count of Hoorn)
  7. Till Eulenspiegel, Act 1: On the Way to Ghent (Till, Lamme)
  8. Till Eulenspiegel, Act 1: ‘The Rainbow’ Gargote (Till, Lamme, Proprietress, Girls, Townsmen)
  9. Till Eulenspiegel, Act 1: Klaas’s House (Sootkin, Katlina, Nele, Klaas, Courtier, Charles, Philip II)
  10. Till Eulenspiegel, Act 1: The Coronation Carnival (Townsmen, Nele, Klaas, Joost, Fishmonger,
  11. Till Eulenspiegel, Act 1: Klaas’s Execution (Till, Godfather, Sootkin, Fishmonger)
  12. Till Eulenspiegel, Act 1: Till and Sootkin’s Interrogation (Judge, Sootkin, Till, Hangman)

Disk 2

  1. Till Eulenspiegel, Act 1: Till and Sootkin’s Interrogation, conclusion (Till, Jesus, Satan, The Holy Virgin)
  2. Till Eulenspiegel, Act 2: Till and Lamme (Till, Lamme)
  3. Till Eulenspiegel, Act 2: Katlina’s House (Katlina, Nele, Count of Egmont, Count of Hoorn, Executioner, Fishmonger)
  4. Till Eulenspiegel, Act 2: The Battle (Les Gueux Admiral, Till, Lamme, Gueux, Spaniards)
  5. Till Eulenspiegel, Act 2: Katlina’s Death (Townsmen, Katlina, Nele, Godfather)
  6. Till Eulenspiegel, Act 2: The Gallows (Gueux, Till, Lamme, Les Gueux Admiral, Nele, Hangman, Voice Of Lamme’s Wife)
  7. Till Eulenspiegel, Act 2: Philip’s Dream (Philip II, Procecutor, Judge)
  8. Till Eulenspiegel, Act 2: The Seaside (Nele, Till)
  9. Till Eulenspiegel, Act 2: The Courtyard of Klaas’s House (Till, Nele, Fishmonger)
  10. Till Eulenspiegel, Act 2: Finale (Nele, Bass, Baritone, Tenor, Till)