On June 16, 2016, Vladimir Spivakov and the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia start recording the opera “Eugene Onegin” by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. It will be recorded in the Svetlanov Hall of the Moscow International Performing Arts Center during 10 days. World famous singers, leading soloists of the best Russian and European theatres are invited to perform the main roles: Hibla Gerzmava (Tatiana), Vasily Ladyuk (Onegin), Dmitry Korchak (Lensky), Julia Mazurova (Olga), Ekaterina Morozova (Larina), Nikolai Didenko (Gremin), Valery Gilmanov (Zaretsky, Company Commander) etc. The Academic Grand Choir “Masters of Choral Singing” under the direction of People’s Artist of Russia Lev Kontorovich are also taking part in the recording.
One of the key figures in this series of recordings will be well-known German sound engineer and producer Philipp Nedel, a winner of the Grammy and the ECHO Awards, and a permanent partner of Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, EMI, Sony Music and Onyx. Nedel is known for his successful long-term cooperation with the New York Philharmonic and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra; he has repeatedly worked with Denis Matsuev. The NPR’s previous recordings – the Edvard Grieg Album “A Wounded Heart” for Sony Music and album with masterpieces by Stravinsky, Taneyev and Tchaikovsky – were made with the participation of Nedel and his “b-sharp” studio.