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Olga Borodina - Portrait


Release Date: 05/09/2006 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 000639902   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Camille Saint-SaënsGeorge Frideric HandelGiuseppe VerdiAmilcare Ponchielli,   ... 
Performer:  Olga BorodinaGenadij BezzubenkovNikolai PutilinElisabeth Norberg-Schulz,   ... 
Conductor:  Carlo RizziValery GergievBernard HaitinkPatrick Summers,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera OrchestraKirov Theater OrchestraKirov Theater Chorus,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Imported from : European Union   
CD not available: This title is currently only available as an MP3 download.  

Notes and Editorial Reviews

“A mezzo-soprano is usually a woman with a tragic past, a tragic life— strong women, willful women, and these roles have strengthened me as a character.” — Olga Borodina

A specially compiled program that honors the rich recording legacy of outstanding Russian mezzo-soprano, Olga Borodina. She has carved out a premier position among today’s opera singers, with constant appearances at the world’s major opera houses and concert stages. Every note in her wide-ranging instrument has been honed to perfection and is set within a flawlessly balanced scale that matches evenly throughout. There is arguably no finer vocal instrument to be heard today and her complete success as the leading exponent of this type of voice today is easy to
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Works on This Recording

1.
Samson et Dalila, Op. 47: Mon coeur s'ouvre à ta voix by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Olga Borodina (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Carlo Rizzi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; France 
Language: French 
2.
Serse, HWV 40: Ombra mai fu "Largo" by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Olga Borodina (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Carlo Rizzi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1738; London, England 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins "Frondi tenere". 
3.
La forza del destino: Al suon del tamburo by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Genadij Bezzubenkov (Bass), Olga Borodina (Mezzo Soprano), Nikolai Putilin (Baritone)
Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kirov Theater Orchestra,  Kirov Theater Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862/1869; Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/1995 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Version: 1862 
4.
La forza del destino: Rataplan, della gloria pel soldato by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Olga Borodina (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kirov Theater Orchestra,  Kirov Theater Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862/1869; Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/1995 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Version: 1862 
5.
Don Carlos: Nel giardin del bello "Veil Song" by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Elisabeth Norberg-Schulz (Soprano), Olga Borodina (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867/1884; Italy 
Language: Italian 
6.
La Gioconda: Voce di donna by Amilcare Ponchielli
Performer:  Olga Borodina (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Carlo Rizzi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; Italy 
Language: Italian 
7.
Samson et Dalila, Op. 47: Amour, viens aider ma faiblesse by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Olga Borodina (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Carlo Rizzi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; France 
Language: French 
Notes: This selection begins "Samson, recherchant ma présence". 
8.
Samson et Dalila, Op. 47: J'ai gravi la montagne by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone), Olga Borodina (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Patrick Summers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; France 
Date of Recording: 05/1997 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 10 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Language: French 
9.
Roméo et Juliette, Op. 17: Heureux enfants by Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Olga Borodina (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; France 
Date of Recording: 1993 
10.
Dido and Aeneas, Z 626: Thy hand, Belinda...When I am laid in earth by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Olga Borodina (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Carlo Rizzi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1689; England 
Language: English 
11.
Songs (6), Op. 6: no 6, None but the lonely heart by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Larissa Gergieva (Piano), Olga Borodina (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869; Russia 
Language: Russian 
12.
Queen of Spades, Op. 68: Midnight is nearing (Lisa's Aria) by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Olga Borodina (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Carlo Rizzi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; Russia 
Language: Russian 
13.
Eugene Onegin, Op. 24: I was not made for melancholy singing by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Nuccia Focile (Soprano), Olga Borodina (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Semyon Bychkov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de Paris
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877-1878; Russia 
Date of Recording: 10/1992 
Venue:  Maison de la Mutualité, Paris, France 
Language: Russian 
14.
Maid of Orleans: Adieu, forêts by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Olga Borodina (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Carlo Rizzi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878-1879; Russia 
Language: Russian 
Notes: This selection begins "Oui, Dieu le veut!" ("Da, chas nastal!") 
15.
Queen of Spades, Op. 68: Tis evening, the clouds darken by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Olga Borodina (Alto), Maria Guleghina (Soprano)
Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kirov Theater Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; Russia 
Date of Recording: 04/1992 
Venue:  Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russia 
Language: Russian 
16.
Songs (6), Op. 73: no 6, Again, as before, alone by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Larissa Gergieva (Piano), Olga Borodina (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Russia 
Language: Russian 
17.
Night by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Larissa Gergieva (Piano), Olga Borodina (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1864/1868; Russia 
Language: Russian 
18.
Boris Godunov: Ah, life is tedious! by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Olga Borodina (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kirov Theater Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868-1873; Russia 
Date of Recording: 11/1997 
Venue:  Van de Omroep Music Center, Hilversum 
Language: Russian 
Notes: This selection begins with "Ty, Ruzja, mne ne nuzhna sevodnja."
Version: 1872 
19.
Khovanshchina: Mysterious forces "Marfa's prophecy" by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Alexei Steblianko (Tenor), Olga Borodina (Alto)
Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kirov Theater Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872-1880; Russia 
Venue:  Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg 
Language: Russian 
Notes: Arranger: Dmitri Shostakovich. 
20.
Prince Igor: Now the daylight dies "Konchakovna's Aria" by Alexander Borodin
Performer:  Olga Borodina (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kirov Theater Orchestra,  Kirov Theater Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869-1887; Russia 
Language: Russian 
21.
Prince Igor: Do you love? by Alexander Borodin
Performer:  Gegam Grigorian (Tenor), Olga Borodina (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kirov Theater Orchestra,  Kirov Theater Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869-1887; Russia 
Language: Russian 
Notes: This selection begins with "Ty li, Vladimir moj..." 
22.
Songs (4), Op. 42: no 3, The clouds begin to scatter by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Larissa Gergieva (Piano), Olga Borodina (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897; Russia 
Language: Russian 
23.
Tsar's Bride: What do you want...It seems you no longer love by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone), Olga Borodina (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Patrick Summers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; Russia 
Date of Recording: 05/1997 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 8 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
24.
Tsar's Bride: You will pay "Lyubasha's Aria" by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Olga Borodina (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kirov Theater Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; Russia 
Date of Recording: 10/1998 
Venue:  Mariinsky Theater, St. Petersburg 
Language: Russian 
25.
Canciones populares españolas (7): no 1, El paño moruno by Manuel de Falla
Performer:  Semeon Skigin (Piano), Olga Borodina (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1915; Spain 
Date of Recording: 01/1995 
Venue:  Air Studios, Lyndhurst Hall, London 
Language: Spanish 
26.
Canciones populares españolas (7): no 3, Asturiana by Manuel de Falla
Performer:  Semeon Skigin (Piano), Olga Borodina (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1915; Spain 
Date of Recording: 01/1995 
Venue:  Air Studios, Lyndhurst Hall, London 
Language: Spanish 
27.
Canciones populares españolas (7): no 5, Nana by Manuel de Falla
Performer:  Olga Borodina (Mezzo Soprano), Semeon Skigin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1915; Spain 
Date of Recording: 01/1995 
Venue:  Air Studios, Lyndhurst Hall, London 
Language: Spanish 
28.
Vespers, Op. 37: no 2, Bless the Lord, o my soul by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Olga Borodina (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Nikolai Korniev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Chamber Choir
Venue:  Imperial Chapel, St. Petersburg, Russia 
Language: Slavonic 
29.
Il barbiere di Siviglia: Una voce poco fa...Io sono dolcile by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Olga Borodina (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Patrick Summers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Date of Recording: 05/1997 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
30.
Il barbiere di Siviglia: Dunque io son la fortunata by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone), Olga Borodina (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Patrick Summers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Italy 
Date of Recording: 05/1997 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
31.
Semiramide: Ah! quel giorno ognor rammento by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Olga Borodina (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Carlo Rizzi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Italy 
Language: Italian 
32.
La Cenerentola: Nacqui all' affano by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Olga Borodina (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Carlo Rizzi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Italy 
Language: Italian 

Sound Samples

Samson et Dalila / Act 2: "Mon coeur s'ouvre à ta voix"
Il barbiere di Siviglia / Act 1: Cavatina: "Una voce poco fa" - "Io sono docile"
Il barbiere di Siviglia / Act 1: Duetto: "Dunque io son... tu non m'inganni?"
Serse / Act 1: "Frondi tenere e belle" - "Ombra mai fù"
La forza del destino / Act 2: "Al suon del tamburo"
La forza del destino / Act 3: "Rataplan!"
Don Carlo - 1886 Modena version / Act 2: "Nei giardin del bello"
Semiramide / Act 1: "Ah! Quel giorno ognor rammento"
La Gioconda / Act 1: "Voce di donna o d'angelo"
Samson et Dalila / Act 2: "Samson, recherchant ma présence"
Samson et Dalila / Act 2: "J'ai gravi la montagne"
Roméo et Juliette, Op.17 / Part 1: "Heureux enfants aux coers de flamme"
Dido and Aeneas / Act 3: "Thy hand, Belinda...When I am laid in earth"
La Cenerentola / Act 2: "Nacqui all'affanno e al pianto"
None but the Lonely Heart, Op.6, No.6 (Nyet, tolko tot, kto znal)
Pique Dame (Pikovaya Dama) / Act 3: "Uzh polnoch blizitsya"
Eugene Onegin / Act 1 / Scene 1: Scene and Aria. "Kak ya lyublyu pod zvuki pesen etikh" - "Uzh kak po mostu, mostochku"
The Maid of Orléans: "The time has come! - Farewell to you"
Pique Dame (Pikovaya Dama) / Act 1: "Uzh vecher"
Once Again, Like Before, I Am Alone, Op.73, No.6 (Snova, kak pryezhdye)
Night: "The endearing image of you, so very charming"
Boris Godounov / Act 3: Ruzya, I do not need you today-How tediously...
Khovanshchina / Act 2: "Postav'!" "Sily potajnye"
Prince Igor / Act 1: Cavatina: "Merknet svet dnevnoj"
Prince Igor / Act 1: Duet: "Ty li, Vladimir moj"
The Clouds Begin to Scatter, Op.42, No.3
The Tsar's Bride / Act 1: "Zachem ty"
The Tsar's Bride / Act 2: Scene 5 "Vot do chego ya dozhila"
7 Canciones populares españolas: No.1: El paño moruno
7 Canciones populares españolas: No.3: Asturiana
7 Canciones populares españolas: No.5: Nana
Vespers (All-Night Vigil), Op.37: 2. "Blagoslovi dushe moya"

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