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Borodin: Prince Igor / Semkov, Christoff, Et Al


Release Date: 09/08/1998 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 66814   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Alexander Borodin
Performer:  Todor TodorovJulia WienerConstantin ChekerliskiBoris Christoff,   ... 
Conductor:  Jerzy Semkow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sofia National Opera ChorusSofia National Opera OrchestraBelgrade National Opera Chorus
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 35 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Boris Christoff liked to do double (and even triple) duty in his opera recordings. He sang the three principal bass roles in Boris Godunov twice, both Prince Galitsky and Khan Konchak in EMI's 1966 Prince Igor, and, given the chance, he likely would have done both Dosifei and Prince Ivan Khovansky in Khovanshchina. He was one of the greatest basses of the century as well as a great singing actor. As Khan Konchak, the Polovtsian leader whose forces defeat Igor's Russian army, Christoff is lusty, purposeful, dominant, and larger-than-life, a characterization perfectly suited to his rich, dark voice. For the presumably younger Prince Galitsky, the brother-in-law whom Igor leaves in charge in his absence, Christoff adopts a lighter, almost Read more baritonal timbre. He leaves little doubt about Galitsky's self-aggrandizing amorality and venality. This reviewer has never heard better performances of either part.

-- Benjamin Pernick, FANFARE [3/1999]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Prince Igor by Alexander Borodin
Performer:  Todor Todorov (Tenor), Julia Wiener (Soprano), Constantin Chekerliski (Baritone),
Boris Christoff (Bass), Kiril Dulgerov (Tenor), Andrei Milkovsky (Baritone),
Luben Mihailov (Tenor), Reni Penkova (Mezzo Soprano), Radka Gaeva (Soprano),
Liliana Bareva (Soprano)
Conductor:  Jerzy Semkow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sofia National Opera Chorus,  Sofia National Opera Orchestra,  Belgrade National Opera Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869-1887; Russia 
Date of Recording: 05/1966 
Notes: Act 3 of 'Prince Igor' is omitted from this recording. 

Sound Samples

Prince Igor (1998 Digital Remaster): Overture (Orchestra)
Prince Igor (1998 Digital Remaster), PROLOGUE: Soinstsu krasnomu slava, slava! (Chorus)
Prince Igor (1998 Digital Remaster), PROLOGUE: Idyom na bran s vragom Rusi! (Igor/Chorus)
Prince Igor (1998 Digital Remaster), PROLOGUE: Chto eto znachit? (Galitsky/Chorus/Vladimir)
Prince Igor (1998 Digital Remaster), PROLOGUE: Nam Bozhy znameny ot Boga (Igor/Chorus)
Prince Igor (1998 Digital Remaster), PROLOGUE: Puskai sebe idut (Skula/Eroshka)
Prince Igor (1998 Digital Remaster), PROLOGUE: Pust pridut knyagini i boyaryni (Igor)
Prince Igor (1998 Digital Remaster), PROLOGUE: Akh, lada, moya lada! (Yaroslavna/Igor/Vladimir/Galitsky)
Prince Igor (1998 Digital Remaster), PROLOGUE: Khrani tebya Gospod! (Igor)
Prince Igor (1998 Digital Remaster), PROLOGUE: Izvol, usluga za uslugu (Galitsky/Igor)
Prince Igor (1998 Digital Remaster), PROLOGUE: Pora idti nam v put (Igor/Chorus)
Prince Igor (1998 Digital Remaster), PROLOGUE: Slavte knyazei i druzhinu! (Chorus)
Prince Igor (1998 Digital Remaster), ACT I -Scene 1: Goi! Slava, slava Volodimiru! (Chorus/Skula/Eroshka)
Prince Igor (1998 Digital Remaster), ACT I -Scene 1: Nateshilsya li knyaz? (Chorus/Galitsky)
Prince Igor (1998 Digital Remaster), ACT I -Scene 1: Tolko b mne dozhdatsya chesti (Galitsky)
Prince Igor (1998 Digital Remaster), ACT I -Scene 1: Goi! Knyazyu Galitskomu slava!
Prince Igor (1998 Digital Remaster), ACT I -Scene 1: Oi, likhonko, oi, goryushko! (Chorus/Galitsky)
Prince Igor (1998 Digital Remaster), ACT I -Scene 1: Vot te i k batyushke (Eroshka/Skula)
Prince Igor (1998 Digital Remaster), ACT I -Scene 1: I to, skupa knyginya (Skula/Eroshka)
Prince Igor (1998 Digital Remaster), ACT I -Scene 1: Kak vozgovorit otets nash batyushka
Prince Igor (1998 Digital Remaster), ACT I -Scene 1: Da, vot komu bi knyazhit na Putivle! (Skula/Chorus/Eroshka)
Prince Igor (1998 Digital Remaster), ACT I -Scene 1: Oi, khochu k batysuhke! (Eroshka/Skula)
Prince Igor (1998 Digital Remaster), Scene 2: Nemalo vremeni proshlo s tekh por
Prince Igor (1998 Digital Remaster), Scene 2: Akh, gde ti, dge ti (Yaroslavna)
Prince Igor (1998 Digital Remaster), Scene 2: Tam devushki prishli k tebe (Nurse/Yaroslavna)
Prince Igor (1998 Digital Remaster), Scene 2: Mi k tebe, knyaginya, ,mi k tebe rodnaya (Chorus)
Prince Igor (1998 Digital Remaster), Scene 2: A kto zhe vash obidchik? (Yaroslavna/Chorus)
Prince Igor (1998 Digital Remaster), Scene 2: Ti pomilui nas (Chorus)
Prince Igor (1998 Digital Remaster), Scene 2: Ai, knyaz! Batyushki! (Chorus/Galitisky/Yaroslavna)
Prince Igor (1998 Digital Remaster), Scene 2: A kto bi ni bila, tebe kakoe delo? (Galitsky/Yaroslavna)
Prince Igor (1998 Digital Remaster), Scene 2: Da chto mne Igor tvoi? (Galitsky)
Prince Igor (1998 Digital Remaster), Scene 2: Ti smeyesh mne grozit? (Yaroslavna/Galitsky)
Prince Igor (1998 Digital Remaster), Scene 2: Da ti zabil, chto ya knyaginya (Yaroslavna)
Prince Igor (1998 Digital Remaster), Scene 2: Ogo! Vot kak! Nu chto zh? (Galitsky/Yaroslavna)
Prince Igor (1998 Digital Remaster), Scene 2: Dobro pazhalovat, boyare (Yaroslavna)
Prince Igor (1998 Digital Remaster), Scene 2: Muzhaisya, knyaginya
Prince Igor (1998 Digital Remaster), Scene 2: Tak eto pravda
Prince Igor (1998 Digital Remaster), Scene 2: Zvon. I vpryam, nabat! (Chorus/Yaroslavna)
Prince Igor (1998 Digital Remaster), ACT II: Na bezvodii, dnyom na solntse (Polovtsian Girl/Chorus)
Prince Igor (1998 Digital Remaster), ACT II: Dance of the Polovtsian Maidens (Orchestra)
Prince Igor (1998 Digital Remaster), ACT II: Merknet svet dnevnoi (Konchakovna/Chorus)
Prince Igor (1998 Digital Remaster), ACT II: Sointse za goroi ukhodit na pokoi (Chorus)
Prince Igor (1998 Digital Remaster), ACT II: Medlenno den ugasal
Prince Igor (1998 Digital Remaster), ACT II: Akh! Gde ti, gde? (Vladimir)
Prince Igor (1998 Digital Remaster), ACT II: Ti li, Vladimir moi? (Konchakovna)
Prince Igor (1998 Digital Remaster), ACT II: Lyubish li?
Prince Igor (1998 Digital Remaster), ACT II: Uidi otsyuda, syuda idut (Vladimir/Konchakovna)
Prince Igor (1998 Digital Remaster), ACT II: Ni sna, ni otdikha izmuchennoi dushe
Prince Igor (1998 Digital Remaster), ACT II: Ti odna gloubka (Igor)
Prince Igor (1998 Digital Remaster), ACT II: Pozvol mne, knyazhe (Ovlur/Igor)
Prince Igor (1998 Digital Remaster), ACT II: Zdorov-li knyaz? (Konchak/Igor)
Prince Igor (1998 Digital Remaster), ACT II: Vsyo plennikom sebya ti zdes schitayesh?
Prince Igor (1998 Digital Remaster), ACT II: O net, net, drug
Prince Igor (1998 Digital Remaster), ACT II: Khochesh? vozmi konya lyubovo
Prince Igor (1998 Digital Remaster), ACT II: Gei! Plennits privesti syuda! (Konchak)
Prince Igor (1998 Digital Remaster), ACT II: Spasibo, khan, na dobrom slove (Igor/Konchak)
Prince Igor (1998 Digital Remaster), ACT II: Net, ne gozhe knyazyu Igat (Igor)
Prince Igor (1998 Digital Remaster), ACT II: Lyublyu! Ti smel! (Konchak)
Prince Igor (1998 Digital Remaster), ACT II: Uletai na kryliyakh vetra (Chorus)
Prince Igor (1998 Digital Remaster), ACT IV: Akh, plachu ya, gorko plachu ya
Prince Igor (1998 Digital Remaster), ACT IV: Goi, ti Dnepr moy, Dnepr shirokii
Prince Igor (1998 Digital Remaster), ACT IV: Okh, ti sointse, solntse krasno (Yaroslavna)
Prince Igor (1998 Digital Remaster), ACT IV: Okh, ne buinnii veter zavival (Chorus)
Prince Igor (1998 Digital Remaster), ACT IV: Kak unilo vsyo krugom, syola vizheni (Yaroslavna)
Prince Igor (1998 Digital Remaster), ACT IV: On, moi soklo yasni! (Yaroslavna/Igor)
Prince Igor (1998 Digital Remaster), ACT IV: Ti gudi, gudi, da ti gudi, gudi
Prince Igor (1998 Digital Remaster), ACT IV: Glyadi! Dlyadi! Glyadi-ko!
Prince Igor (1998 Digital Remaster), ACT IV: Nu?...Nu?...Nu?...bezhat? (Eroshka/Skula)
Prince Igor (1998 Digital Remaster), ACT IV: Narod!...suda! suda!
Prince Igor (1998 Digital Remaster), ACT IV: Radost nam, radost, pravoslavnie!
Prince Igor (1998 Digital Remaster), ACT IV: Knyaz! Knyaz! Knyaz!
Prince Igor (1998 Digital Remaster), ACT IV: Kto pervi radost nam povedal? (Eroshka/Skula/Chorus)
Prince Igor (1998 Digital Remaster), ACT IV: Vsem narodom vstretim knyazya (Chorus)

Customer Reviews

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 Tops in every way ! April 27, 2014 By Joseph  Erdeljac (West Chester, PA) See All My Reviews "This recording is the best ever. Every soloist is excellent and the fidelity of the transfer to disc is great. The over all performance is one that leaves the listener wanting more. The excitement and drama are palatable in every scene. Having the great Bass of Boris Christoff in more that one role makes it even more exciting. His portrayals are distinctly different for each character. This disc even outshines the recent Met revival in musical presentation." Report Abuse
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