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I bought this disc on the basis of the reviews provided by other readers, especially those alluding to Ewing’s performance. BBCR3’s BAL was less complimentary but a combination of excellent sound as well as (allegedly) superb singing is something I am looking forward to. I’m writing this review, however, to simply flag my disappointment at the lack of a libretto and translation. I don’t know the opera and was looking forward to closely following the dialogue as well as hearing what Shostakovich does with the drama. Alas, I have been shortchanged. If, like me, you like to follow the opera as it unfolds, you will want to avoid this set - unless of course you are a Russian speaker. Come on DG - you can do so much better than this ... More after I listen to the discs (post purchasing a different version, complete with libretto).