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More wonderful conducting from Kent Nagano in Boris Godunov, the 1869 version recorded live in Gothenburg in 2017. He is precise and often swift, leading to a far more translucent sound than usual, particularly in the choral work, which is exemplary in its rhythmic attack. Two relatively young basses vie for vocal honours: Alexander Tsymbalyuk produces even tone and a glamorous sheen to the voice as Boris, and Mika Kares is slightly more profound and equally imposing as Pimen. Sergei Skorokhodov is an exciting Grigory with an almost Italianate voice which, added to the fleet conducting and elegant basses, creates a livelier, less stodgy Boris.

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