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Lebendige Vergangenheit - Boris Christoff


Release Date: 08/27/2002 
Label:  Preiser Records   Catalog #: 89554   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Modest MussorgskyAlexander BorodinNikolai Rimsky-KorsakovGiuseppe Verdi,   ... 
Performer:  Boris Christoff
Conductor:  Nicolai MalkoHerbert von KarajanIssay Dobrowen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Both on and off the stage, Boris Christoff was a strong-willed personality and not always easy to get along with. After the second act of a performance of Medea with Maria Callas at the Opera House in Rome in 1955, Callas demanded to take a solo curtain. Christoff simply blocked her way saying: "Either we all go out together or none of us will go". The performance was ended, but Christoff and Callas never sang together again. Again at the Rome Opera House in 1958, he clashed with Franco Corelli during a rehearsal of Don Carlo. In the heated atmosphere of the Auto da fe scene, where Philip is confronting his son, Corelli actually lifted his sword against his "father" and some fierce blows were exchanged. As the Marquis Posa, Tito Gobbi Read more recalled, it was a gripping and all too realistic scene. Christoff withdrew from the production accusing Corelli of lacking artistic integrity. Even the two brothers-in-law (Christoff was married to Gobbi's sister) did not get along too well, although later both tried to play down their feuds. One of the greatest successes of Christoff's career was his Philip at Covent Garden in 1958 under Carlo Maria Giulini. In 1960, he returned to La Scala in the same role and a newcomer, his compatriot Nicolai Ghiaurov, sang the role of the Grand Inquisitor. The two basses did not get along well at all, also because of differing political convictions, and Christoff gave an ultimatum stating that there was not enough room at La Scala for both of them. The management would not have this and after a performance as Gurnemanz in Parsifal the doors of La Scala closed forever for Christoff. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Boris Godunov: Yet one more tale "Pimen's Monologue" by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Boris Christoff (Bass)
Conductor:  Nicolai Malko
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868-1873; Russia 
Date of Recording: 12/03/1949 
Language: Russian 
Notes: Arranged: Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1906-08) 
2.
Boris Godunov: In the town of Kazan "Varlaam's Song" by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Boris Christoff (Bass)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868-1873; Russia 
Date of Recording: 11/28/1949 
Language: Russian 
Notes: Arranged: Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1906-08) 
3.
Boris Godunov: I have attained the highest power "Boris' Monologue" by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Boris Christoff (Bass)
Conductor:  Issay Dobrowen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868-1873; Russia 
Date of Recording: 05/1949 
Language: Russian 
Notes: Arranged: Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1906-08) 
4.
Boris Godunov: Farewell, my son, I am dying "Death of Boris" by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Boris Christoff (Bass)
Conductor:  Issay Dobrowen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868-1873; Russia 
Date of Recording: 05/1949 
Language: Russian 
Notes: Arranged: Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1906-08) 
5.
Khovanshchina: Here on this spot by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Boris Christoff (Bass)
Conductor:  Issay Dobrowen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872-1880; Russia 
Date of Recording: 05/04/1950 
Language: Russian 
6.
Prince Igor: I hate a dreary life "Galitsky's Aria" by Alexander Borodin
Performer:  Boris Christoff (Bass)
Conductor:  Issay Dobrowen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869-1887; Russia 
Date of Recording: 05/08/1950 
Language: Russian 
7.
Prince Igor: How goes it, Prince? "Konchak's Aria" by Alexander Borodin
Performer:  Boris Christoff (Bass)
Conductor:  Issay Dobrowen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869-1887; Russia 
Date of Recording: 05/05/1950 
Language: Russian 
8.
Sadko: no 3, Song of the Viking Guest by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Boris Christoff (Bass)
Conductor:  Issay Dobrowen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894-1896; Russia 
Date of Recording: 05/04/1950 
Language: Russian 
9.
Don Carlos: Ella giammai m'amò...Dormirò sol sul manto mio regal by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Boris Christoff (Bass)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867/1884; Italy 
Date of Recording: 11/28/1949 
Language: Italian 
10.
Mefistofele: Ave Signor. Perdona se il mio gergo by Arrigo Boito
Performer:  Boris Christoff (Bass)
Conductor:  Issay Dobrowen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Italy 
Date of Recording: 05/20/1949 
Language: Italian 
11.
Mefistofele: Son lo spirito che nega by Arrigo Boito
Performer:  Boris Christoff (Bass)
Conductor:  Nicolai Malko
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/03/1949 
Language: Italian 
12.
Song of the Volga boatmen by Traditional
Performer:  Boris Christoff (Bass)
Conductor:  Issay Dobrowen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 10/05/1950 
Language: Russian 
13.
Mephistopheles' song of the flea by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Boris Christoff (Bass)
Conductor:  Issay Dobrowen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1879; Russia 
Date of Recording: 10/05/1950 
Language: Russian 

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