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The Singers [Enhanced, Original recording remastered]

Sir Edward Downes Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (15 Oct 2001)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B00005ND3P
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 364,522 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Mozart: Don Giovanni, ossia Il dissoluto punito, K.527 / Act 1 - "Madamina, il catalogo è questo"London Symphony Orchestra 5:56£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Gounod: Faust / Act 2 - "Le veau d'or"London Symphony Orchestra 2:12£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Gounod: Faust - Version 1860/1869 / Act 4 - "Vous qui faites l'endormie"London Symphony Orchestra 2:59£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Massenet: Manon / Act 3 - "Les grands mots...Epouse quelque brave fille"London Symphony Orchestra 2:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Meyerbeer: Les Huguenots / Act 1 - "Volontiers, un vieil air Huguenot...Piff paff"London Symphony Orchestra 4:05£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Bizet: La jolie fille de Perth / Act 2 - "La la la la...Quand la flamme de l'amour"London Symphony Orchestra 5:03£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Bizet: Carmen / Act 2 - "Votre toast, je peux vous le rendre...Toréador, en garde"London Symphony Orchestra 4:56£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Glinka: A Life for the Tsar / Act 4 - "Chuyut pravdu...Ti vzoyidyosh" (Susanin's Aria)London Symphony Orchestra 5:26£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Rubinstein: The Demon - "Ja tot, katoramu vnimala"London Symphony Orchestra 3:24£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Tchaikovsky: Iolanta - "Gospod moi, yesli greshen ya" (René's prayer)London Symphony Orchestra 3:27£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Borodin: Prince Igor - Arranged by N. Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908) / Act 2 - "Zdorov-li, Knaz?" (Konchak's Aria)London Symphony Orchestra 7:04£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Borodin: Prince Igor / Act 1 - "Greshno tait, ya skuki ne lyublyu (Galitzky's Aria)London Symphony Orchestra 3:51£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Rimsky-Korsakov: Sadko / Tableau 4 - "A skaly groznyje drab'atsa s r'ovem volny"London Symphony Orchestra 3:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Mussorgsky: Boris Godounov - Arr. Rimsky-Korsakov / Act 4 - Smirenniy inok...Odnazhdy, v vecherniy chasLondon Symphony Orchestra 5:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin, Op.24 / Act 3 - "Lyubvi vsye vozrasti pokorni"London Symphony Orchestra 6:05£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Rachmaninov: Aleko - "Ves' tabar spit" (Aleko's Cavatina)London Symphony Orchestra 6:52£0.79  Buy MP3 


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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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This really is one of the GREATEST basso cantantes of all time! I used to have all these songs on vinyl and I'm snatching up this CD as fast as possible. Ghiaurov sang with the voice of a god: Zeus, I think. Want to argue the point? Listen to Ghiaurov in Quand la Flamme. If anyone has heard anyone else sing this song with this kind of soaring power and grace, I definitely want to hear about it, so I can get that CD. There are two voices I can think of that might have matched Ghiaurov's power and beauty of voice: Feodor Chaliapin and Mark Reizen. In American voices? Jerome Hines has a similar majesty and feeling, along with Giorgio Tozzi and Ezio Pinza. None of them had Ghiaurov's sheer power, as far as I can hear, except for Reizen...
maybe!
Power and loudness and projection are fine, but Nicolai Ghiaurov could move a listener with both his voice and finely honed sense of color. Listen, if you can find it, to his Death of Boris from the Decca-Karajan Boris Godunov. Boris' remorse over Dmitri's death and the love he bears for his son shine through the wonderful deathly music Mussorsgky wrote for the end of this tyrant. Did that sound like a contradiction? Yes, it was, but that's what this opera's about, deep down inside... the contradictions that make human beings human.
Nicolai Ghiaurov inspired awe in me and continued for decades to inspire my love for this musical medium. If you love a great voice, from a singer who knew what `grand style' meant, you owe it to yourself to get this CD. If the transfers sound even nearly as good as the original records, then I doubt you'll be disappointed. For those of you who might not be familiar with Ghiaurov, but know and love Samuel Ramey, this CD is worth a good listen. What would one give to have heard both of these soaring bassos sing a duet? Is there anything like that out there? I know their careers overlapped quite a bit.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A noble basso cantante 30 Mar 2012
By Ralph Moore TOP 50 REVIEWER
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The basso cantante is not so common a voice category and although Nicolai Ghiaurov could happily cross into another bass Fach and make a fine job of either Leporello or even the bass-baritone role of the Don, his finest qualities are displayed in roles which exploit his seamless legato and noble tone. I am thus particularly pleased that so many of the items here are from Russian operas, in which, I think, he was almost unequalled. Certainly no other coeval bass had his smooth resonance; his equally Bulgarian compatriot Christoff was a different kind of singer, although they had much in common apart from nationality: both married Italians and were domiciled in Italy, shared a good deal of repertoire in common and each cordially loathed the other.

Ghiaurov had a long career, singing, often with Mirella Freni whose second husband he was, well into the 90's which was rather beyond the advisable as during the 80's the voice began to grow rusty and lose its famous rolling effulgence. So it is just as well that the sixteen tracks here were all recorded between 1962 and 1965, in Ghiaurov's youthful prime. For a singer so celebrated in Verdi it is a pity that we have no Fiesco, Banquo or of course King Philip but those roles are well represented on complete recordings and there is no doubt in my mind that for all his versatility, Ghiaurov is best heard in Russian opera. Especially fine here are his aria from "A Life for the Tsar" ("Ivan Susanin" in post-Tsarist Soviet Russia) and the gravely beautiful declaration of love by Prince Gremin in "Eugene Onegin" - but all the Russian arias are gems, including those that require a more humorous, rumbustious approach such as those from "Prince Igor".
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Voice Ever. 11 Sep 2005
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Listen to the perfection of the voice and he will always be on the top of any list you may compile. To me GHIAUROV is and always will be the greatest, I like listening to great tenor voices. but to me they fail in comparison, that dosn't mean they are not great, just that they are not as great.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Enjoyment 9 Dec 2004
By Jordan B. Marvakov - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Ghiaurov, who is unfortunately already deceased, is undoubtedly one of the most gifted vocal performers of the 20th century. He has it all: a smooth and deep bass voice, impeccable vocal technique, the ability to move effortlessly within his range, excellent diction in all singing languages (Italian, Russian, French) - you name it.

But his most distinctive quality, which sets this CD apart from all other interpretations of these arias I have heard, is the ability to feel the music, and deliver an interpretation which is not only musically superior, but also carries with it the spirit of the particular role and aria.I regret that I never had the chance to see Ghiaurov live on stage, which would have undoubtedly been an unique experience.

It is impressive how Ghiaurov manages to perform equally well arias such as The Song of the Viking Guest from Sadko, and Toreador's Song, the last one being adistinctively baritone aria. It should be noted that he never even sang the role of Escamillo in a live performance.

I am not going to go through the song list. I just want to say that I spent about 10 minutes trying to come with a track that stands out, and thought of none. SImply put, every single aria on this CD is flawlessly delivered, from the first to the last note.

I strongly recommend this album to all lovers of the classical bass voice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A noble basso cantante 30 Mar 2012
By Ralph Moore - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The basso cantante is not so common a voice category and although Nicolai Ghiaurov could happily cross into another bass Fach and make a fine job of either Leporello or even the bass-baritone role of the Don, his finest qualities are displayed in roles which exploit his seamless legato and noble tone. I am thus particularly pleased that so many of the items here are from Russian operas, in which, I think, he was almost unequalled. Certainly no other coeval bass had his smooth resonance; his equally Bulgarian compatriot Christoff was a different kind of singer, although they had much in common apart from nationality: both married Italians and were domiciled in Italy, shared a good deal of repertoire in common and each cordially loathed the other.

Ghiaurov had a long career, singing, often with Mirella Freni whose second husband he was, well into the 90's which was rather beyond the advisable as during the 80's the voice began to grow rusty and lose its famous rolling effulgence. So it is just as well that the sixteen tracks here were all recorded between 1962 and 1965, in Ghiaurov's youthful prime. For a singer so celebrated in Verdi it is a pity that we have no Fiesco, Banquo or of course King Philip but those roles are well represented on complete recordings and there is no doubt in my mind that for all his versatility, Ghiaurov is best heard in Russian opera. Especially fine here are his aria from "A Life for the Tsar" ("Ivan Susanin" in post-Tsarist Soviet Russia) and the gravely beautiful declaration of love by Prince Gremin in "Eugene Onegin" - but all the Russian arias are gems, including those that require a more humorous, rumbustious approach such as those from "Prince Igor".

There is no Boris here - but again, there is a complete recording under Karajan which I recommend, and as recompense we have his Pimen's Narrative. Ghiaurov's versatility is apparent even within the eight Russian operas here but he also sings Mozart, Bizet, Gounod, Massenet and Meyerbeer in reasonable French and the first in good Italian.

Edward Downes and the LSO provide expert accompaniment. Texts, photos and a discography are provided on the irritating CD-Rom format common to this "The Singers" series.
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