Muslim Magomayev: Arias from Operas | Melodiya MELCD1002345

Muslim Magomayev: Arias from Operas

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Label: Melodiya

Cat No: MELCD1002345

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 5th May 2015

Contents

Works

Bizet, Georges

Carmen
» Votre toast (Toreador song)

Borodin, Alexander

Prince Igor
» Prince Igor's aria

Gounod, Charles

Faust
» Mephistopheles' song

Hajibeyov, Uzeyir

Koroghlu (The blind man's son)
» Hasan Khan's aria

Leoncavallo, Ruggiero

Pagliacci
» Prologue
Zaza
» Cascart's aria
» Romance of Cascart

Magomayev-Sr, Muslim

Shah Ismayil
» Aslan Shah's aria

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

Don Giovanni, K527
» Don Giovanni's aria
Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), K492
» Figaro's aria

Rossini, Gioacchino

Il Barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville)
» Largo al factotum

Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich

Eugene Onegin, op.24
» Onegin's aria

Verdi, Giuseppe

Aida
» Amonasro's scene
Otello
» Iago's aria
Rigoletto
» Rigoletto's aria

Artists

Muslim Magomayev (baritone)

Works

Bizet, Georges

Carmen
» Votre toast (Toreador song)

Borodin, Alexander

Prince Igor
» Prince Igor's aria

Gounod, Charles

Faust
» Mephistopheles' song

Hajibeyov, Uzeyir

Koroghlu (The blind man's son)
» Hasan Khan's aria

Leoncavallo, Ruggiero

Pagliacci
» Prologue
Zaza
» Cascart's aria
» Romance of Cascart

Magomayev-Sr, Muslim

Shah Ismayil
» Aslan Shah's aria

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

Don Giovanni, K527
» Don Giovanni's aria
Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), K492
» Figaro's aria

Rossini, Gioacchino

Il Barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville)
» Largo al factotum

Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich

Eugene Onegin, op.24
» Onegin's aria

Verdi, Giuseppe

Aida
» Amonasro's scene
Otello
» Iago's aria
Rigoletto
» Rigoletto's aria

Artists

Muslim Magomayev (baritone)

About

There were just a few names in domestic variety art that were able to rival the popularity of Muslim Magomayev whose delightful baritone, high artistry and sincere generosity have conquered more than one generation of listeners. The range of his capabilities is exceptional – from opera to musical, from Neapolitan songs to vocal works of Azerbaijani and Russian composers”, wrote musicologist Sviatoslav Belza in the preface to the singer’s book 'Melody, My Love'.

Any operatic aria, any song he sang is always an expected miracle”, said Robert Rozhdestvensky, a poet and the singer’s fan and friend.

For many years, staying a great vocal master who was always true to himself, Muslim Magomayev successfully combined performances in the operatic genre with variety concerts. A soloist of the Azerbaijani Theatre of Opera and Ballet, he took a training course at La Scala and performed on many of the operatic stages of the former USSR but rejected (what a rare instance!) the invitation to join the company of the Bolshoi Theatre, realising the colossal responsibility that step would have entailed. He could not and did not want to sacrifice his versatility and openness, his contact with a huge audience, his concert, studio, acting and composing career even on such a resplendent operatic altar.

His recordings of Russian and foreign classical operatic music, made in 1964 together with his friend and associate, outstanding Azerbaijani composer and conductor Niyazi Tagizade Hajibeyov, sound today as fresh and impressive as they did then. Magomayev’s art of musical and dramatic transformation is striking, and the way he handles it could make even the most distinguished operatic artists jealous.

His sparkling and ever cheerful Figaro (that role in The Barber of Seville was his touchstone at La Scala) and Don Juan revelling in the might of his masculine magnetism; his Onegin, noble and somewhat listless but still sympathizing with the victim of girlish infatuation, and Prince Igor absorbed in gloomy thoughts whose soul is directed towards his beloved spouse; his Mefistofele inspiring with awe and despising human fears, bright and spectacular Escamillo, Rigoletto so terrifying in his despair… All his roles are marked with deep humanness, making the listener empathize with each of the characters as though responding to the calling from the prologue to Pagliacci.

Magomayev was one of the first Soviet artists who sang in the original language, but even that circumstance did not create a language barrier between him and his audience.

The arias from the classical operas Shah Ismayil by Muslim Magomayev-Sr and Koroghlu by Uzeyir Hajibeyov, Azerbaijani composers and founders of national academic music, are of particular interest indeed. These bright musical pages also found an outstanding interpreter in Magomayev.

I always miss him and look forward to seeing him again, look forward to hearing and seeing what this remarkable talent carries to his numerous admirers”, actor Innokenty Smoktunovsky once wrote about Muslim Magomayev.

People will definitely look forward to a new meeting with him today, and many years from now, as they do to the recordings of his favourite Mario Lanza, Maria Callas, Tito Gobbi and Frank Sinatra - those who gave themselves unreservedly to their listeners, music and art.

Track Listing:
Gioachino Rossini
1. Figaro’s cavatina from the opera Il barbiere di Siviglia
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
2. Don Giovanni’s aria from the opera Don Giovanni
3. Figaro’s aria from the opera Le nozze di Figaro
Georges Bizet
4. Toreador Song from the opera Carmen (sung in italian)
Moscow Radio Symphony orchestra / Niyazi Tagizade Hajibeyov
Recorded in 1964

Alexander Borodin
5. Prince Igor’s aria from the opera Prince Igor
Orchestra of Cinematography / Niyazi Tagizade Hajibeyov
Recorded in 1964

Charles Gounod
6. Méphistophélès’ Song from the opera Faust (sung in russian)
Orchestra of Cinematography / Vladimir Terletsky
Recorded in 1971

Pyotr Tchaikovsky
7. Onegin’s aria from the opera Eugene Onegin
Giuseppe Verdi
8. Rigoletto’s aria from the opera Rigoletto
Moscow Radio Symphony orchestra / Niyazi Tagizade Hajibeyov
Recorded in 1964

Giuseppe Verdi
9. Amonasro’s scene from the opera Aida
Orchestra of Cinematography / Niyazi Tagizade Hajibeyov
Recorded in 1964

Giuseppe Verdi
10. Iago’s aria from the opera Otello
Ruggero Leoncavallo
11. Prologue from the opera Pagliacci
Moscow Radio Symphony orchestra / Niyazi Tagizade Hajibeyov
Recorded in 1964

Ruggero Leoncavallo
12. Cascart’s aria from the opera Zazà
13. Romance of Cascart from the opera Zazà
Orchestra of Cinematography / Niyazi Tagizade Hajibeyov
Recorded in 1964

Bonus:
Uzeyir Hajibeyov
14. Hasan khan’s aria from the opera Koroghlu (The Blind Man’s Son)
Muslim Magomayev-Sr
15. Aslan Shah’s aria from the opera Shah Ismayil
Orchestra of Cinematography / Niyazi Tagizade Hajibeyov
Recorded in 1964

Total time: 56:41

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