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08 Apr 2005

Mussorgsky's Khovanshchina in Frankfurt

Alcoholism, depression and loneliness were a few of the things that killed Modest Mussorgsky in 1881. He was 42 years old. He left behind the unfinished piano score of Khovanshchina, a vast historical opera that was, among other things, a criticism of Tsar Peter I.


Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881)

Khovanshchina, Frankfurt Opera

By Shirley Apthorp [Financial Times, 8 Apr 05]

Alcoholism, depression and loneliness were a few of the things that killed Modest Mussorgsky in 1881. He was 42 years old. He left behind the unfinished piano score of Khovanshchina, a vast historical opera that was, among other things, a criticism of Tsar Peter I.

Rimsky-Korsakov, Stravinsky and Shostakovich all had a go at completing and orchestrating the opera but it still has not really entered the repertoire. Each good revival makes you wonder why not.

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Triumph der Musik über das Drama

Kirill Petrenko dirigiert eine fulminante Premiere von Modest Mussorgskis "Chowanschtschina" an der Frankfurter Oper

Von Götz Thieme [Stuttgarter Zeitung, 30 Mar 05]

Im Ephemeren der Oper, der Vergänglichkeit einer Aufführung, sind Heil und Trauer verschwistert. Im Misslungenen liegt die Chance der Wiedergutmachung durch Wiederholung - dem gelungenen Augenblick ist die Trauer um die Vergänglichkeit, Unwiederholbarkeit des lebendigen Kunstwerks eingeschrieben. Zwischen diesen Polen bewegt sich die zarte Kunstform Oper, die oftmals mit brachialen Bild- und Musikmitteln die Zuhörenden und Zuschauenden bezwingt. Am Ende bleibt der Nachklang der Musik, das Zittern eines Sekundintervalls, der Schauer eines A-capella-Chores, das Orgeln einer Bassstimme.

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