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Russian Operas / Joseph Rouleau [CD & DVD]

Rouleau,Joseph
Release Date: 10/08/2013 
Label:  Analekta   Catalog #: 292234   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Alexander BorodinMikhail GlinkaNikolai Rimsky-KorsakovModest Mussorgsky,   ... 
Performer:  Joseph Rouleau
Conductor:  Jean Deslauriers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Radio Canada Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Would a young Joseph Rouleau, have believed an oracle who predicted his dazzling international career or that he would become the first Canadian singer to perform behind the Iron Curtain in the former USSR? Probably not. And yet, night after night, he gave his best and so masterfully inhabited roles that seemed tailored especially to his voice. While his Mephistopheles remains required listening, and his Don Quixote was filled with vibrant passion, for many, he remains the Boris Godunov. He first performed the role during a triumphant tour of the former USSR in 1966, a performance which some critics compared with Feodor Chaliapin. (In Kazan, he even wore the costumes of the famous Russian bass, who hailed from that city.)

“I
Read more would like to have been Russian. I have always been attracted to that culture,” explains Rouleau. “And of course, my travels there informed my characters. By better understanding the Russian soul, I was better able to interpret it”.

To accompany the CD album, we offer you a bonus DVD (28 minutes), on which Joseph Rouleau performs the final aria from Boris Gudonov. The title character, seeing his country descend into chaos and wracked with guilt and hallucinations, sinks into madness and dies, asking for God’s forgiveness.
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Works on This Recording

1.
Prince Igor: How goes it, Prince? "Konchak's Aria" by Alexander Borodin
Performer:  Joseph Rouleau (Bass)
Conductor:  Jean Deslauriers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Radio Canada Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869-1887; Russia 
2.
Prince Igor: I hate a dreary life "Galitsky's Aria" by Alexander Borodin
Performer:  Joseph Rouleau (Bass)
Conductor:  Jean Deslauriers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Radio Canada Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869-1887; Russia 
3.
A Life for the Tsar: They sense the truth "Susanin's Aria" by Mikhail Glinka
Performer:  Joseph Rouleau (Bass)
Conductor:  Jean Deslauriers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Radio Canada Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1834-1836; Russia 
4.
Sadko: no 3, Song of the Viking Guest by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Joseph Rouleau (Bass)
Conductor:  Jean Deslauriers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Radio Canada Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894-1896; Russia 
5.
Khovanshchina: Dosifey's aria by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Joseph Rouleau (Bass)
Conductor:  Jean Deslauriers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Radio Canada Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872-1880; Russia 
6.
Iolanta, Op. 69: René's aria by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Joseph Rouleau (Bass)
Conductor:  Jean Deslauriers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Radio Canada Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; Russia 
7.
Eugene Onegin, Op. 24: Prince Gremin's aria by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Joseph Rouleau (Bass)
Conductor:  Jean Deslauriers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Radio Canada Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877-1878; Russia 
8.
Aleko: The moon is high in the sky "Aleko's Cavatina" by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Joseph Rouleau (Bass)
Conductor:  Jean Deslauriers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Radio Canada Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1893; Russia 

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