• Dmitri Shostakovich
  • Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District, Op. 29 (1932)

  • Schirmer Russian Music/Le Chant du Monde (World)

English translation by Edward Downes.

  • 3.3.4.3/4.3.3.1/timp.perc.glock.xyl/2hp.cel.[org ad lib]/str; stage band: 2B-flat cnt, 2E-flat cnt, 2tpt, 2ahn, 2thn, 2barhn, 2b
  • SATB chorus
  • 2 high basses, 7 tenors, 3 sopranos, 8 basses, countertenor
  • 2 hr 36 min
  • Libretto by Alexander Preis and the composer after Nikolai Leskov's novel.
  • English, Russian

Programme Note

The original version of Katerina Ismailova. The opera was violently attacked by Pravda and not revived in Russia until 1963, in a revised version, Lady Macbeth.

Full Scores available in two volumes from Hal Leonard:
Volume 1
Volume 2

Act I Leningrad/Gudauta/Batumi/Tbilisi, 14 October 1930 - 5 November 1931
1. Scene 1 ‘In the Izmailovs’ House’
2. Entr’acte (Largo)
3. Scene 2 ‘The Izmailovs’ Courtyard’
4. Entr’acte ‘Passacaglia’ (Allegro con brio)
5. Scene 3 ‘Katerina’s Bedroom’
Act II Leningrad/Moscow, 19 November 1931 - 8 March 1932
6. Scene 4 ‘The Izmailovs’ Courtyard at Night’
7. Entr’acte (Largo)
8. Scene 5 ‘Katerina’s Bedroom’
Act III Leningrad/Gaspra, 5 April - 15 August 1932
9. Scene 6 ‘The Ismailovs’ Garden before the Wedding’
10. Entr’acte (Allegretto)
11. Scene 7 ‘In the Police Station’
12. Entr’acte (Presto – Allegreto – Moderato – Presto – Moderato – Presto – Moderato – Adagio – Allegro – Presto
13. Scene 8 ‘The Wedding Feast in the Iszmailovs’ Garden’
Act IV Leningrad - 17 December 1932
14. Scene 9 ‘Convicts’ Camp on the Road to Siberia’

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Adagio [from Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District]

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