«For Boris Godunov Claudio Abbado moved over to Berlin and his, at that time, own Philharmonic Orchestra. Recorded in the Philharmonie during a period of three weeks and with a line-up of soloists, discriminatingly chosen, that is hard to beat, this is a recording that in many respects can be regarded as definitive. The whole cast match the orchestra in sonority. Here is Valentina Valente as the most beautiful Xenia you can ever expect to find. No lover of this flawed but eternally fascinating masterwork should be without this recording.»

Classical CD Review (Göran Forsling)

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