White Nights / Russian Showpieces 4782122

Gergiev and the Kirov Orchestra and Chorus present an interpretation that's more thrilling than most others: the recording has a breakneck momentum through to the end, and the men's dances -- the General Dance in particular -- have a menacing, violent quality to them. It's as if Gergiev wanted you to remember that war is a central part of "Prince Igor's" plot.