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Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov Highlights / Ludwig Weber, Et Al


Release Date: 01/25/2000 
Label:  Preiser Records   Catalog #: 90380   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Fritz KraussGeorg HannLudwig WeberEmma Mayer,   ... 
Conductor:  Carl Leonhardt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Reichssenders OrchestraStuttgart Reichssenders Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A lot has been written about the Boris Godunov of Ludwig Weber, and there is also a great painting showing him in the role. An article by Heinrich Neumayer called "Ludwig Weber and Boris Godunov" appeared in the magazine "Neue Wege" 4th year, 1949, No. 45. The study, written with great understanding, presents a precise analysis of Weber's concept of the role, which embraces Boris' contrary personality traits, his awareness of power, his cruelty, his burden of guilt, his tender, protective love for his daughter and son - all revealed in an unprecedented, often alarming way and crowned by a magnificent, deeply felt vocal characterization. The author of the article who had heard Feodor Chaliapin as Boris, takes the view that - with all due Read more respect to the Russian genius - Weber's performance was the more moving, because "he does not weigh upon the performance like an overwhelming force, but fits in like a figure in a huge tapestry." So, Ludwig Weber as Boris Godunov - he sang the part for the last time on May 3, 1955 in the Theater an der Wien - has lived on so far only in the grateful memory of opera lovers. It is a stroke of luck that a recording long considered lost is now available which at least preserves Weber's vocal mastery at its peak. And here Prieser presents it to us now for all to hear for ourselves. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Boris Godunov: Prologue - Long life to our Czar Boris Feodorovich by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Fritz Krauss (Tenor)
Conductor:  Carl Leonhardt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Reichssenders Orchestra,  Stuttgart Reichssenders Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868-1873; Russia 
Date of Recording: 01/05/1938 
Venue:  Live  SW German Radio Studios, Stuttgart 
Length: 5 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Language: German 
2.
Boris Godunov: Yet one more tale "Pimen's Monologue" by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Georg Hann (Baritone)
Conductor:  Carl Leonhardt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Reichssenders Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868-1873; Russia 
Date of Recording: 01/05/1938 
Venue:  Live  SW German Radio Studios, Stuttgart 
Length: 5 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Language: German 
3.
Boris Godunov: I have attained the highest power "Boris' Monologue" by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Ludwig Weber (Baritone)
Conductor:  Carl Leonhardt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Reichssenders Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868-1873; Russia 
Date of Recording: 01/05/1938 
Venue:  Live  SW German Radio Studios, Stuttgart 
Length: 4 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Language: German 
4.
Boris Godunov: Ugh, it's oppressive "Clock Scene" by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Ludwig Weber (Baritone)
Conductor:  Carl Leonhardt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Reichssenders Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868-1873; Russia 
Date of Recording: 01/05/1938 
Venue:  Live  SW German Radio Studios, Stuttgart 
Length: 3 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Language: German 
5.
Boris Godunov: Farewell, my son, I am dying "Death of Boris" by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Ludwig Weber (Baritone)
Conductor:  Carl Leonhardt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Reichssenders Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868-1873; Russia 
Date of Recording: 01/05/1938 
Venue:  Live  SW German Radio Studios, Stuttgart 
Length: 9 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Language: German 
6.
Boris Godunov: What's going on?...And you, my son, what are you busy with? by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Emma Mayer (Alto), Trudi Schollkopf (Soprano), Helma Panke (Soprano),
Ludwig Weber (Baritone)
Conductor:  Carl Leonhardt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Reichssenders Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868-1873; Russia 
Date of Recording: 01/05/1938 
Venue:  Live  SW German Radio Studios, Stuttgart 
Length: 3 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Language: German 
7.
Boris Godunov: Prologue - I am oppressed "Coronation scene" by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Ludwig Weber (Baritone)
Conductor:  Carl Leonhardt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Reichssenders Orchestra,  Stuttgart Reichssenders Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 01/05/1938 
Venue:  Live  SW German Radio Studios, Stuttgart 
Length: 4 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Language: German 
8.
Boris Godunov: Oh, this dream...You have been writing by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Georg Hann (Baritone), Rudolf Gerlach-Rusnak (Tenor)
Conductor:  Carl Leonhardt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Reichssenders Orchestra,  Stuttgart Reichssenders Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868-1873; Russia 
Date of Recording: 01/05/1938 
Venue:  Live  SW German Radio Studios, Stuttgart 
Length: 10 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: This selection shares track and timing with Pimen's narrative, "One day at vespers." 
9.
Boris Godunov: One day at vespers "Pimen's narrative" by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Rudolf Gerlach-Rusnak (Tenor), Georg Hann (Baritone)
Conductor:  Carl Leonhardt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Reichssenders Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868-1873; Russia 
Date of Recording: 01/05/1938 
Venue:  Live  SW German Radio Studios, Stuttgart 
Length: 6 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: This selection shares track and timing with "Oh, this dream...You have been writing." 
10.
Boris Godunov: Nursery Scene by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Helma Panke (Soprano), Emma Mayer (Alto)
Conductor:  Carl Leonhardt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Reichssenders Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868-1872; Russia 
Date of Recording: 01/05/1938 
Venue:  SW German Radio Studios, Stuttgart 
Length: 4 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Language: German 
11.
Boris Godunov: Permit me, my lord and tsar by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Max Osswald (Tenor), Ludwig Weber (Baritone)
Conductor:  Carl Leonhardt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Reichssenders Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868-1873; Russia 
Date of Recording: 01/05/1938 
Venue:  Live  SW German Radio Studios, Stuttgart 
Length: 0 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Language: German 
12.
Boris Godunov: Come, let's put it to the vote by Modest Mussorgsky
Conductor:  Carl Leonhardt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Reichssenders Orchestra,  Stuttgart Reichssenders Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868-1873; Russia 
Date of Recording: 01/05/1938 
Venue:  Live  SW German Radio Studios, Stuttgart 
Length: 4 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Language: German 
13.
Boris Godunov: Your pardon, my lords by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Fritz Krauss (Tenor)
Conductor:  Carl Leonhardt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Reichssenders Orchestra,  Stuttgart Reichssenders Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868-1873; Russia 
Date of Recording: 01/05/1938 
Venue:  Live  SW German Radio Studios, Stuttgart 
Length: 4 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Language: German 
14.
Boris Godunov: Your Majesty, I make obeisance [Boris/Shuisky] by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Fritz Krauss (Tenor), Ludwig Weber (Baritone)
Conductor:  Carl Leonhardt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Reichssenders Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868-1873; Russia 
Date of Recording: 01/05/1938 
Venue:  Live  SW German Radio Studios, Stuttgart 
Length: 7 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Language: German 

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