A Russian revolution

Interview with Vladimir Jurowski on the subject of Boris Godunov — By Marion Mirande

The initial version of Modest Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov is being performed for the first time at the Opéra Bastille. In the light of history, the composer stands out as an essential milestone in 20th century musical evolution. Of major importance to Stravinsky, Prokofiev, Shostakovich and even Debussy, Mussorgsky, the champion of Russian folklore, is one of the musicians who worked to revolutionize lyric drama. Conducting the Paris Opera Orchestra, Vladimir Jurowski discusses the distinctive features of this first version, which possesses a more political tone than the second one.

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