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Boris Goudenow - Johann Mattheson

Concerto Theresia
Olivier Gourdy (Boris Goudenow), Julie Goussot (Anixia), Sreten Manojlovic (Fedro), Yevhen Rakhmanin (Theodorus Iwanowitz), Flore van Meerssche (Irina), Alice Lackner (Olga), Eric Price (Josennah), Joan Folque (Gavust)
Andrea Marchiol

Johann Mattheson’s political comedy “Boris Goudenow” was written in 1710. Initially withdrawn by the composer, the score was lost until its rediscovery in Armenia at the end of the 20th century. Finally premiered in Hamburg in 2005 after nearly 300 years, the opera depicts the rise of Russian prince Boris Goudenov to power in the Moscow Kremlin through intrigue.

This recording was made in August 2021 at the Innsbrucker Festwochen der Alten Musik as part of the festival’s Young Baroque Opera programme to revive this rediscovered opera. Harpsichordist and conductor Andrea Marchiol led Theresia’s alumni orchestra and a cast of young singers, who were the finalists and prizewinners of the 2020 Cesti Competition.

“the artistry carrying this production is above all that of the band Theresia, whose pacing, phrasing and additions make this little-known score engagingly dramatic.” – BBC Music Magazine

“The international youth orchestra THERESIA, conducted by Andrea Marchiol in a rousing and spirited manner, can certainly compete with established historically informed ensembles in terms of its vibrant playing.” –

“the playing of Theresia under Andrea Marchiol is first class” – Music Web International

“there is much to like about Theresia’s energy in putting Boris Goudenow across. Rustic playing and rhythms evoke the exotic Moscow setting, as does the casting of three basses. Olivier Gourdy’s soft-grained Boris suggests the calm politician, his rise culminating in a grand coronation scene with drums and trumpets, while Yevhen Rakhmanin’s oaky Tsar Theodorus has a moving death scene.” – Opera, Recording of the Month January 2023