Boris crowned Tsar again in London: The Philharmonia’s Mighty Handful collection

Mussorgsky, Borodin, Cui, Rimsky-Korsakov: Philharmonia/Hrůša ***

Royal Festival Hall, 30th April 2015

Boris is all the rage in London this season. Elected to supreme power, he is haunted by a dodgy past and eventually crumbles. No, not Boris Johnson (Bachtrack is an election-free zone!), but Boris Godunov. This is at least the third concert presentation of Mussorgsky’s opera in the capital this season. The Mariinsky Opera brought the complete work to the Barbican, while the OAE presented extracts in January, with the great Sergei Leiferkus as the troubled tsar. Now, the Philharmonia hustles in with Jakub Hrůša’s selection of five ‘bleeding chunks’ presenting an hour-long portrait of the opera.

Jakub Hrůša © Petra Klačková

Jakub Hrůša
© Petra Klačková

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