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Mariss Jansons conducts a taut version of Tchaikovsky’s Pique Dame, (Queen of Spades), recorded live in concert with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. The strings have a saturated Russian plushness, the woodwind increases the tension levels, and the chorus is military in precision. Misha Didyk’s Hermann is heroically unflagging and emotionally specific, Tatiana Serjan’s Lisa soars thrillingly, and Larissa Diadkova’s Countess retains vocal allure and avoids crooning. Add Alexey Markov’s suave Yeletsky, Alexey Shishlyaev’s characterful Tomsky and Oksana Volkova’s luscious Polina, and it’s a set worth investigating. (Jansons and many of the same cast perform the same opera at Dutch National Opera next summer.)

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