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Russian Melodies / Boris Christoff


Release Date: 03/13/2007 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 000818402   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  TraditionalAlexander AlyabyevAnonymous
Performer:  Boris Christoff
Conductor:  G. Tiefuhr-Diesselhorst
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Balalaika Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Deutsche Grammophon's CD release of its 1977 collection of 12 Russian romances and folk songs is bound to please fans of bass Boris Christoff and of melancholy Slavic folk idioms. Christoff brings effortless authority and absolute commitment to this repertoire, for which his dark voice and strong sense of drama are ideally suited. His richly textured tone is solid from its depths to its gently floated falsetto. The uncredited arrangements are packed with emotion, but with enough restraint to avoid the bathos into which these songs could easily slide. Christoff is accompanied in some selections by a chamber ensemble and in others by Orchestra Russe de Balalaïkas, conducted by D. Liakov. Deutsche Grammophon's sound is atmospheric but Read more clear, with excellent balance between the voice and accompaniment.

-- Stephen Eddins, AllMusic.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Alas, fate . . . O bitter fate by Traditional
Performer:  Boris Christoff (Bass)
Conductor:  G. Tiefuhr-Diesselhorst
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Balalaika Orchestra
Notes: Arranger: Gesine Tiefuhr. 
2.
Grief, afliction, all hope gone by Traditional
Performer:  Boris Christoff (Bass)
Conductor:  G. Tiefuhr-Diesselhorst
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Balalaika Orchestra
3.
O pain, pass away, soon the sadness will be gone by Traditional
Performer:  Boris Christoff (Bass)
Conductor:  G. Tiefuhr-Diesselhorst
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Balalaika Orchestra
4.
The Nightingale by Alexander Alyabyev
Performer:  Boris Christoff (Bass)
Conductor:  G. Tiefuhr-Diesselhorst
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Balalaika Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
5.
Nastasya by Traditional
Performer:  Boris Christoff (Bass)
Conductor:  G. Tiefuhr-Diesselhorst
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Balalaika Orchestra
6.
Masha may not go down to the river by Traditional
Performer:  Boris Christoff (Bass)
Conductor:  G. Tiefuhr-Diesselhorst
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Balalaika Orchestra
7.
I am grieved that you cannot see into my heart by Traditional
Performer:  Boris Christoff (Bass)
Conductor:  G. Tiefuhr-Diesselhorst
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Balalaika Orchestra
8.
Two Guitars by Anonymous
Performer:  Boris Christoff (Bass)
Conductor:  G. Tiefuhr-Diesselhorst
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Balalaika Orchestra
Written: Russia 
9.
Do not touch me, lest I turn to flame by Traditional
Performer:  Boris Christoff (Bass)
Conductor:  G. Tiefuhr-Diesselhorst
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Balalaika Orchestra
10.
How the wind howls in the chimney by Traditional
Performer:  Boris Christoff (Bass)
Conductor:  G. Tiefuhr-Diesselhorst
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Balalaika Orchestra
11.
Where the eternal snow lies on the Kazbek by Traditional
Performer:  Boris Christoff (Bass)
Conductor:  G. Tiefuhr-Diesselhorst
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Balalaika Orchestra
12.
Come, my guitar, play on by Traditional
Performer:  Boris Christoff (Bass)
Conductor:  G. Tiefuhr-Diesselhorst
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Balalaika Orchestra

Sound Samples

Russian Romances and Folksongs - Arr. Georges Streha: "Ach, ty dolja, moja dolja ... dolja gorkogo golja" (Alas, Fate ... O bitter Fate)
Russian Romances and Folksongs - Arr. Gesine Tiefuhr: "Toska pecal nadezdy usil" (Grief, affliction, all hope gone)
Russian Romances and Folksongs - Arr. Gesine Tiefuhr: "A skorb, uiti, pecal umci skoree" (O pain, pass away, soon the sadness wil be gone)
Russian Romances and Folksongs - Arr. Gesine Tiefuhr: "Solovei" (The Nightingale)
Russian Romances and Folksongs - Arr. Gesine Tiefuhr: "Natasaja" (Nastasya)
Russian Romances and Folksongs - Arr. Gesine Tiefuhr: "Ne veljat Mase za rek - za recenku chodit" (Masha may not go down to the river)
Russian Romances and Folksongs - Arr. Gesine Tiefuhr: "Ja gruscu esli mozes ponjat' moju dusu" (I am grieved that you cannot see into my heart)
Russian Romances and Folksongs - Arr. Gesine Tiefuhr: "Dve gitary za stenoy" (Two guitars are sadly playing)
Russian Romances and Folksongs - Arr. Gesine Tiefuhr: "Ne tron' menja, ved' mogu vosplamenitca" (Do not touch me, lest I turn to flame)
Russian Romances and Folksongs - Arr. Gesine Tiefuhr: "Kak zavyvaet veter v trube" (How the wind howls in the chimney)
Russian Romances and Folksongs - Arr. Gesine Tiefuhr: "Gde sneg u Kazbeka naveki usnul" (Where the eternal snow lies on the Kazbek)
Russian Romances and Folksongs - Arr. Gesine Tiefuhr: "Pust' gitary zvucit neustannaja" (Come, my guitar, play on)

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