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Borodin: Prince Igor - Highlights / Kuchar, Et Al


Release Date: 08/16/2005 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8557456   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Alexander Borodin
Performer:  Angelina ShvachkaMykola KovalTaras ShtondaDmitri Popov
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ukrainian National Symphony OrchestraKiev Chamber Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 58 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This disc offers about an hour's worth of choice bits from Borodin's Prince Igor. On one hand, we find the usual selections, including the ever-popular Polovtsian Dances, along with the Overture and Polovtsian March, familiar from various recordings (of which Tjeknavorian on RCA is among the best). But there also are a few numbers that will be unknown to listeners not experienced with the complete work, such as the blustery "I don't like boredom", sung with cocky swagger by bass Taras Shtonda.


The real catch here is the mezzo-soprano aria "Daylight is Fading", which contains one of Borodin's more bewitchingly beautiful melodies sung with heartfelt passion (and what sounds like authentic Arabian vocal
Read more styling) by Angelina Shvachka. Tenor Dmytro Popov sounds wonderfully ardent in the love song "Slowly the day was fading", while the poignant "There is neither sleep nor rest" makes fine use of Mykola Koval's rich, burnished baritone.


The Kiev Chamber Choir women make sweetly seductive captive maidens in the favorite Polovtsian Dance No. 2, just as the Polovtsian men sound suitably threatening proclaiming the glory of Khan. Theodore Kuchar leads an alternately gritty and graceful rendition with excellent playing from the Ukraine National Radio Symphony. The somewhat dry recording imparts a slightly hard-edged quality to the voices but otherwise projects substantial depth and dynamic range.
--Victor Carr Jr, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Prince Igor: Overture by Alexander Borodin
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ukrainian National Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869-1887; Russia 
Length: 10 Minutes 18 Secs. 
2.
Prince Igor: I hate a dreary life "Galitsky's Aria" by Alexander Borodin
Performer:  Angelina Shvachka (Mezzo Soprano), Mykola Koval (Baritone), Taras Shtonda (Bass),
Dmitri Popov (Tenor)
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ukrainian National Symphony Orchestra,  Kiev Chamber Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869-1887; Russia 
Length: 3 Minutes 58 Secs. 
3.
Prince Igor: Dance of the Polovtsian Maidens by Alexander Borodin
Performer:  Taras Shtonda (Bass), Mykola Koval (Baritone), Dmitri Popov (Tenor),
Angelina Shvachka (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ukrainian National Symphony Orchestra,  Kiev Chamber Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869-1887; Russia 
Length: 2 Minutes 19 Secs. 
4.
Prince Igor: Daylight is fading "Vladimir's Aria" by Alexander Borodin
Performer:  Dmitri Popov (Tenor), Mykola Koval (Baritone), Taras Shtonda (Bass),
Angelina Shvachka (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ukrainian National Symphony Orchestra,  Kiev Chamber Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869-1887; Russia 
Length: 5 Minutes 7 Secs. 
5.
Prince Igor: No sleep, no rest "Igor's Aria" by Alexander Borodin
Performer:  Taras Shtonda (Bass), Angelina Shvachka (Mezzo Soprano), Dmitri Popov (Tenor),
Mykola Koval (Baritone)
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ukrainian National Symphony Orchestra,  Kiev Chamber Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869-1887; Russia 
Length: 7 Minutes 3 Secs. 
6.
Prince Igor: Peasants' Chorus by Alexander Borodin
Performer:  Dmitri Popov (Tenor), Mykola Koval (Baritone), Taras Shtonda (Bass),
Angelina Shvachka (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ukrainian National Symphony Orchestra,  Kiev Chamber Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869-1887; Russia 
Length: 10 Minutes 43 Secs. 
7.
Prince Igor: Polovtsian March by Alexander Borodin
Performer:  Mykola Koval (Baritone), Dmitri Popov (Tenor), Taras Shtonda (Bass),
Angelina Shvachka (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ukrainian National Symphony Orchestra,  Kiev Chamber Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869-1887; Russia 
Length: 4 Minutes 59 Secs. 
8.
In the steppes of central Asia by Alexander Borodin
Conductor:  Theodore Kuchar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ukrainian National Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Russia 
Length: 7 Minutes 32 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Prince Igor (Knyaz Igor): Overture
Prince Igor (Knyaz Igor): Act I: Greshno tait': ya skuki nye lyublyu (I don't like boredom) (Galitzky)
Prince Igor (Knyaz Igor): Act II: Dance of the Polovtsian Maidens
Prince Igor (Knyaz Igor): Act II: Merknyet svyet dnevnoy (Daylight is fading) (Konchakovna)
Prince Igor (Knyaz Igor): Act II: Myedlenno dyn' ugasal (Slowly the day was fading) (Vladimir)
Prince Igor (Knyaz Igor): Act II: Ni sna, ni ordikha (There is neither sleep, nor rest) (Prince Igor)
Prince Igor (Knyaz Igor): Act II: Polovtsian Dances - Ulyetay na kril'yahk vyetra (Fly away on the wings of the wind) (version for chorus)
Prince Igor (Knyaz Igor): Act III: Polovtsian March
In the Steppes of Central Asia

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