Joseph Rouleau: Russian Operas | Analekta AN292234

Joseph Rouleau: Russian Operas

£12.95

Usually available for despatch within 2-3 working days

Label: Analekta

Cat No: AN292234

Format: CD + DVD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 16th December 2013

Contents

Works

Borodin, Alexander

Prince Igor
» Konchak's Aria
» Prince Galitsky's Aria 'I hate a dreary life' (Act 1)

Glinka, Mikhail

A Life for the Tsar, op.4
» Ivan Susanin's Aria 'They sense the truth' (Act 4)

Mussorgsky, Modest

Boris Godunov
» Death Scene
Khovanshchina
» Dosifey's Aria (Act 5)

Rachmaninov, Sergei

Aleko
» Aleko's Cavatina

Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai

Sadko
» Song of the Viking Guest

Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich

Eugene Onegin, op.24
» Prince Gremin's Aria
Iolanta, op.69
» King Rene's Aria

Artists

Joseph Rouleau (bass)
Orchestre de Radio Canada

Works

Borodin, Alexander

Prince Igor
» Konchak's Aria
» Prince Galitsky's Aria 'I hate a dreary life' (Act 1)

Glinka, Mikhail

A Life for the Tsar, op.4
» Ivan Susanin's Aria 'They sense the truth' (Act 4)

Mussorgsky, Modest

Boris Godunov
» Death Scene
Khovanshchina
» Dosifey's Aria (Act 5)

Rachmaninov, Sergei

Aleko
» Aleko's Cavatina

Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai

Sadko
» Song of the Viking Guest

Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich

Eugene Onegin, op.24
» Prince Gremin's Aria
Iolanta, op.69
» King Rene's Aria

Artists

Joseph Rouleau (bass)
Orchestre de Radio Canada

About

By 1972, Joseph Rouleau, at the height of his glory, was singing at London’s Covent Garden (his home base) as well as in Oxford, Liverpool, Cambridge, Manchester, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Nice. But he returned to Montréal several times, notably to record an episode of 'Beaux Dimanches', remastered for this recording, with the Radio-Canada orchestra under the baton of Jean Deslauriers, whom he had known from his early days.

He performs two selections from Borodin’s Prince Igor, another opera that was a fixture of his career, and the aria of the national hero Ivan Susanin in Glinka’s A Life for the Tsar, a huge success when it premiered and that conferred on Glinka the title of “the first Russian composer”.

He also sings the 'Song of the Viking Guest' from Rimsky-Korsakov’s Sadko, made famous by Chaliapin, and two selections by Tchaikovsky: King René’s aria from Iolanta (based on a play by Henrik Hertz and set to a libretto by his brother, Modest Tchaikovsky), and Prince Gremin’s aria from Eugene Onegin, in which the retired general relates his love for his wife, Tatyana, whose heart had been broken by Onegin years earlier.

Rouleau also sings (with piano accompaniment) Dosifey’s aria from Khovanshchina, the unfinished opera by Modest Mussorgsky inspired by the Moscow rebellion of 1682, and Aleko’s cavatina from Sergei Rachmaninov’s Aleko, composed in 17 days as a graduation work, earning the young composer a rarely awarded Great Gold Medal from the Moscow Conservatory.

To accompany the CD album, we offer you a bonus DVD (28 minutes), on which Joseph Rouleau performs the final aria from Boris Gudonov. The title character, seeing his country descend into chaos and wracked with guilt and hallucinations, sinks into madness and dies, asking for God’s forgiveness.

Error on this page? Let us know here

Need more information on this product? Click here