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Moussorgsky: Boris Godounov (Highlights) / Chaliapin, Et Al


Release Date: 04/30/2002 
Label:  Guild   Catalog #: 2206   Spars Code: AAD 
Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Aristide BaracchiDennis NobleLuigi ManfriniDino Borgioli,   ... 
Conductor:  Vincenzo Bellezza
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden OrchestraRoyal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

When Toscanini was asked to name the greatest singer that had sung under his leadership, he replied without the slightest hesitation, "Chaliapin." Chaliapin's Boris was due that homage and every other praise his performance received. On stage he had a presence more like an elemental force than a theatrical presence. The famed music critic, Neville Cardus wrote: "Chaliapin was as much a consequence of nature as of art - much more in fact. His physical stature dominated everything; the voice rich and deep and marvelously inflected by his actor's imagination filled the largest theater." Many recordings communicate the stature and beauty of Chaliapin's singing but none of them surpass the public performance of Boris at Covent Garden in 1928. Read more Here, audiences heard not only his electrifying declamation in the big moments, which for all their staccato utterances were always fully sung, but also the unforgettable beauty and nobility of his singing of the quiet passages. One can hear the musical, dramatic and psychological stair to these great solos that enlarge their effect. In these preparatory lines there is phrasing so refined, so profoundly rich in subtle intonation that every sentence is like some rare painting to be treasured. In The Musical Times John Steane wrote: "Admirable beyond words...His performance was simply the acme of operatic art. Drama and music, song and sense were a unity; nothing finer could be imagined. The Death Scene is a masterpiece of dramatic resource and command, but what impresses afresh with every hearing is the tonal beauty of the quiet passages; the Prayer being incomparably haunting in its warm and sustained pianissimo." Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Boris Godunov: Prologue - I am oppressed "Coronation scene" by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Aristide Baracchi (Baritone), Dennis Noble (Baritone), Luigi Manfrini (Bass),
Dino Borgioli (Tenor), Octave Dua (Tenor), Margherita Carosio (Soprano),
Angelo Bada (Tenor), Salvatore Baccaloni (Bass), Feodor Chaliapin (Bass),
Aristide Barracchi (Baritone)
Conductor:  Vincenzo Bellezza
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 07/04/1928 
Venue:  Live  Covent Garden, London, England 
Length: 15 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
Notes: Arranged: Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1906-08) 
2. Boris Godunov: I have attained the highest power "Boris' Monologue" by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Feodor Chaliapin (Bass)
Conductor:  Vincenzo Bellezza
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868-1873; Russia 
Date of Recording: 07/04/1928 
Venue:  Live  Covent Garden, London, England 
Length: 9 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
Notes: Orchestrated: Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1906-08)
This selection begins with "And now my son..." 
3. Boris Godunov: Ugh, it's oppressive "Clock Scene" by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Feodor Chaliapin (Bass)
Conductor:  Vincenzo Bellezza
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868-1873; Russia 
Date of Recording: 07/04/1928 
Venue:  Live  Covent Garden, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
Notes: Orchestrated: Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1906-08) 
4. Boris Godunov: Act 3 - Introduction and Polonaise by Modest Mussorgsky
Conductor:  Vincenzo Bellezza
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Russia 
Date of Recording: 07/04/1928 
Venue:  Live  Covent Garden, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
Notes: Arranged: Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1906-08) 
5. Boris Godunov: Act 4, Scene 3 "Kromy Forest Scene" by Modest Mussorgsky
Conductor:  Vincenzo Bellezza
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868-1873; Russia 
Date of Recording: 07/04/1928 
Venue:  Live  Covent Garden, London, England 
Length: 14 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
Notes: Arranged: Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1906-08) 
6. Boris Godunov: Come, let's put it to the vote by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Feodor Chaliapin (Bass), Angelo Bada (Tenor)
Conductor:  Vincenzo Bellezza
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868-1873; Russia 
Date of Recording: 07/04/1928 
Venue:  Live  Covent Garden, London, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
Notes: Arranged: Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1906-08) 
7. Boris Godunov: One day at vespers "Pimen's narrative" by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Nicola Moscona (Bass)
Conductor:  Vincenzo Bellezza
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868-1873; Russia 
Date of Recording: 07/04/1928 
Venue:  Live  Covent Garden, London, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Arranged: Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1906-08) 
8. Boris Godunov: Act 4 - Finale by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Feodor Chaliapin (Bass)
Conductor:  Vincenzo Bellezza
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868-1873; Russia 
Date of Recording: 07/04/1928 
Venue:  Live  Covent Garden, London, England 
Length: 11 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
Notes: This selection is part of a medley which also includes "Boris Godunov: Farewell, my son, I am dying "Death of Boris"."
Composition written: Russia (1868 - 1873).
Arranger: Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. 
9. Boris Godunov: Your pardon, my lords by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Feodor Chaliapin (Bass), Angelo Bada (Tenor)
Conductor:  Vincenzo Bellezza
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868-1873; Russia 
Date of Recording: 07/04/1928 
Venue:  Live  Covent Garden, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
Notes: Arranged: Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1906-08) 
10. Boris Godunov: Farewell, my son, I am dying "Death of Boris" by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Feodor Chaliapin (Bass)
Conductor:  Vincenzo Bellezza
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868-1873; Russia 
Date of Recording: 07/04/1928 
Venue:  Live  Covent Garden, London, England 
Length: 11 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
Notes: This selection is part of a medley which also includes "Boris Godunov: Act 4 - Finale."
Arranger: Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. 

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