Bolshoi: The Best of Melodiya
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Cat No: MELCD1002164
Number of Discs: 5
Release Date: 28th July 2014
Firma Melodiya presents a unique set of recordings by soloists of the USSR Bolshoi Theatre – outstanding singers who performed on the main stage of this country during 1945 to 1990.
They don't call it the golden age of the Bolshoi for nothing! The first music theatre of the country attracted the undiverted attention of not just millions of spectators and listeners (getting a ticket to the Bolshoi was almost an impracticable task for a “common Soviet citizen”). The supreme leadership of the Soviet Union watched the life of the theatre as closely as real music lovers did. Nearly all the premieres took place under the sign of “special responsibility”. The theatre recruited the best artistic forces from all over the country.
Galina Vishnevskaya, Irina Arkhipova, Elena Obraztsova, Tamara Sinyavskaya, Sergey Lemeshev, Ivan Kozlovsky, Vladimir Atlantov, Alexander Pirogov, Mark Reizen and Evgeny Nesterenko are just some of 30 soloists featured in this set.
They are accompanied by the Bolshoi Orchestra lead by various conductors such as Nikolai Golovanov, Samuil Samosud, Alexander Melik-Pashayev, Evgeny Svetlanov, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Yuri Fayer, Mark Ermler, Alexander Lazarev and others. Each of them made a valuable contribution to the treasury of Russian music culture of the 20th century.
The set includes fragments from Russian classical opera and ballet repertoire of the 19th and 20th centuries, and some of the most popular foreign operas and ballets staged at the Bolshoi.
Ruslan and Ludmila
2. Ludmila’s Cavatina
3. Farlaf’s Scene and Rondo
4. Chernomor’s March
5. Miller’s Aria 'Oh, it’s just that all you young girls…'
6. Prince’s Cavatina
7. 'The Three Wonders' from 'The Tale of Tsar Saltan'
8. Introduction 'The Blue Ocean Sea'
9. Song of the Varangian Guest
10. Song of the Indian Guest
11. Song of the Venetian Guest
12. Volkhova’s Lullaby
13. Grand adagio from the ballet 'Raymonda'
14. Adagio from the ballet 'The Flames of Paris'
15. Romance from the ballet 'The Fountain of Bakhchisarai'
Total time: 74:20
B Rudenko (soprano); B Morozov (bass); G Borisova (mezzo-soprano); A Pirogov (bass); I Kozlovsky (tenor); M Reizen (bass); P Lisitsian (baritone); E Shumskaya (soprano)
Conductors: Yu Simonov; V Nebolsin; E Svetlanov; N Golovanov; A Juraitis
Recorded: 1948 – 1978
1. Introduction 'Dawn on the Moskva River' from 'Khovanshchina'
2. Vanya’s Aria 'How my mother was killed'
3. Susanin’s Aria 'You will rise, my sun'
4. Epilogue. Chorus 'May God bless you, my Rus!'
5. Prince Igor’s Aria 'No sleep, no rest for my tormented soul'
6. Polovtsian Dance with chorus
The Tsar’s Bride
8. Lyubasha’s Song
9. Letter Scene
10. Lensky’s Aria 'Whither, oh whither are ye banished'
11. Gremin’s Aria 'Love tyrannises all the ages'
12. 'Dance of the Little Swans from the ballet 'Swan Lake'
13. Pas de deux from the ballet 'The Nutcracker'
Total time: 76:36
T Sinyavskaya (mezzo-soprano); Е Nesterenko (bass); I Petrov (bass); I Arkhipova (mezzo-soprano); G Vishnevskaya (soprano); S Lemeshev (tenor); I Petrov (bass)
Conductors: B Khaikin; M Ermler; F Mansurov; Yu Fayer; G Rozhdestvensky
Recorded: 1950 – 1974
The Snow Maiden
1. The Birds Song and Dance
2. The Snow Maiden’s Aria 'Picking up the forest berries with my friends'
3. Prince Sinodal’s Aria
4. Demon’s second Romance
5. Varlaam’s Song
6. Pimen’s Monologue
7. Duet: Marina, Dmitry 'O Tsarevich, I implore you'
8. Robert’s Arioso 'Who can compare with my Matilda?' from 'Iolanta'
The Queen of Spades
9. Duet of Lisa and Pauline 'Already shades of night'
10. Lisa’s Scene and Arioso 'Twill soon be midnight now, and Herman not here'
11. Herman’s Aria 'What is our life? A game!'
12. Aleko’s Cavatina from 'Aleko'
13. Spartacus and Phrygia’s Adagio from the ballet 'Spartacus'
Romeo and Juliet
14. Juliet as a Young Girl
15. Dance of the Knights
War and Peace
17. Scene 2. Waltz
18. Scene 10. Kutuzov’s aria 'When all this dreadful affair comes to an end'
Total time: 75:14
I Zhurina (soprano); S Lemeshev (tenor); А Ognivtsev (bass); А Geleva (bass); M Mikhailov (bass); I Arkhipova (mezzo-soprano); V Ivanovsky (tenor); А Voroshilo (baritone); Т Milashkina (soprano); Z Andjaparidze (tenor); Yu Mazurok (baritone); А Vedernikov (bass)
Conductors: A Lazarev; A Melik-Pashaev; M Ermler; N Golovanov; B Khaikin; А Juraitis; G Rozhdestvensky
Recorded: 1948 – 1987
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
1. Leporello’s Aria (The Catalogue Aria) 'Madamina, il catalogo é questo from the Don Giovanni'
Ludwig van Beethoven
2. Leonora’s Aria 'Scum! Where are you going? ... Come, hope, let the last star'
3. Duet: Leonore, Florestan 'O unnamed joy!'
4. Leonora’s Aria 'O mio Fernando' from 'La Favorita'
6. Act I. Waltz
7. Kitri’s Variations from the ballet 'Don Quixote'
8. Act I. Duet: Violetta, Alfred 'Un dì, felice, eterea'
9. Act III. Violetta’s Aria 'Addio del passato'
10. Radames’ Aria 'Celeste Aida'
11. Act I Aida’s Aria 'Ritorna Vincitor'
12. CioCio San’s Aria 'Sai cos’ebbe cuore di pensare quel signore?' from Madama Butterfly
13. Tosca’s Aria 'Vissi d’arte vissi d’amore'
14. Cavaradossi’s Aria 'E lucevan le stelle'
15. Canio’s Aria 'Vesti la giubba' from 'Pagliacci'
Total time: 67:05
Е Nesterenko (bass); G Vishnevskaya (soprano); G Nelepp (tenor); I Arkhipova (mezzo-soprano); S Lemeshev (tenor); V Atlantov (tenor); Т Milashkina (soprano); М Bieshu (soprano); М Kasrashvili (soprano); Z Sotkilava (tenor); Z Andjaparidze (tenor)
Conductors: F Mansurov; М Ermler; А Melik-Pashaev; B Khaikin; А Kopylov; Yu Fayer
Recorded: 1911 – 1987
The Barber of Seville
1. Almaviva’s Aria 'Ecco, ridente in cielo'
2. Rosina’s Aria 'Una voce poco fa'
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
3. Cherubino’s Aria 'Voi che sapete' from 'The marriage of Figaro'
4. Nemorino’s Aria 'Una furtiva lagrima from 'The Elixir of Love'
5. Chorus 'Zitti, zitti'
6. Rigoletto’s Aria 'Cortigiani, vil razza dannata'
7. Méphistophélès’ Song of the Golden Calf
8. Soldiers’ Chorus 'Immortal glory of our ancestors'
9. Dalila’s Aria 'Mon coeur s’ouvre a ta voix' from 'Samson and Dalilah'
10. Elisabeth’s Aria 'Dear hall, I greet thee once again from the Tannhäuser'
11. Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin
12. Calàf’s Aria 'Nessun dorma!' from 'Turandot'
13. Lauretta’s Aria 'O mio babbino caro! from 'Gianni Schicchi'
14. Manon’s Aria 'Sola, perduta, abbandonata' from 'Manon Lescaut'
15. Carmen’s Habanera
16. Toreador’s Song 'Your toast, I quite have the standing'
Total time: 63:12
S Lemeshev (tenor); V Firsova (soprano); Arkhipova (mezzo-soprano); Z Andjaparidze (tenor); A Ivanov (baritone); I Petrov (bass); Е Obraztsova (mezzo-soprano); Е Shumskaya (soprano); М Kasrashvili (soprano); М Bieshu (soprano); Yu Mazurok (baritone)
Conductors: S Samosud; B Khaikin; М Ermler; О Dimitriadi; А Melik-Pashaev; Yu Simonov
Recorded: 1953 – 1977
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