Kent Nagano with the soloists

Kent Nagano's Boris Godunov recording

On September the 6th, 2019, BIS Records released Kent Nagano’s recording of Boris Godunov by Mussorgsky with Gothenburg Symphony. Boris Stepanov performed the parts of Simpleton, Missail, and Boyar.

The 1869 version of the opera was recorded in March 2017 when it was presented in concert in Gothenburg and Stockholm.

The recording features the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and the Gothenburg Opera Choir. Among the soloists are Alexander Tsymbaluk (Godunov), Alexey Tikhomirov (Varlaam), Maxim Paster (Shujsky), Mika Kares (Pimen).

"Boris Stepanov chante Missail, un boyard et, surtout, comme à Genève, l’innocent, doux illuminé. Emission claire, longueur de voix, phrasés, font de toutes ses intervention des moments exceptionnels"

"Boris Stepanov sings Missail, a boyar, and, above all, as in Geneva, the softly illuminated Simpleton. Clear emission, cantilena, phrasing make all his interventions exceptional moments"

"Zijn Missail is al opmerkelijk, maar de Joerodivi die we twee scènes later van hem horen, is een vocaal pareltje"

"His Missail is already remarkable, but the Yurodivi that we hear two scenes later from him is a vocal gem"

"Boris Stepanov was remarkable as The Simpleton, in what is perhaps the most interesting scene of the opera"


Excerpts from Scene Six (courtesy of BIS Records)