Boris Christoff (bass), 1914-1993
…Christoff was born in Plovdiv on 18 May 1914. Educated as a lawyer, he was heard by the King of Bulgaria while singing with the famous Gusla Choir. At the behest of the King in 1942 he was granted a scholarship to study singing. He moved to Rome and for several years his teacher there was the baritone Riccardo Stracciari. The booklet notes tell us that he made his operatic debut in 1946 as Colline in La bohème in Reggio di Calabria, where his singing of the last act Coat Song earned two encores. Not a particularly large man, Christoff had a magnetic stage presence. His piercing eyes are what I remember in his Fiesco and they always seemed to make him the centre of attention on stage. His rich, sonorous voice was compact and perfectly focused and made its effect in every part of the theatre. Every word was clear and every gesture seemed fully laden with meaning…
Robert J Farr ©
CD 1 Songs by Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1888). Gerald Moore (piano) and Radio Orchestra of France/Georges Tzipine
CD 2 Songs by Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1888). Alexander Labinsky (piano) and Radio Orchestra of France/Georges Tzipine.
CD 3 Songs by Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1888). Alexander Labinsky (piano) and Radio Orchestra of France/Georges Tzipine
CD 4 Songs by Mikhail Glinka (1804-1857) and Alexander Borodin (1833-1887)
Alexander Labinsky and Alexander Tcherepin (piano)
Concert Orchestra Lamoureux/Georges Tzipine
CD 5 Songs by Borodin and Cesar Cui (1835-1918). Alexander Tcherepin, Janine Reiss and Serge Zapolsky (piano)
CD 6 Songs by Mily Balakirev (1837-1910) and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908) Alexander Tcherepin and Nadia Gedda-Nova (piano).
Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire/André Cluytens
CD 7 Songs by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893). Alexander Labinsky (piano)
CD 8 Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943). Alexander Labinsky (piano). Popular Russian Songs. Feodor Potorjinsky Russian Choir. Balalaika Ensemble
rec. 1958 and 1954
CD 9 Russian Operatic arias by Modest Mussorgsky, Alexander Borodin, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Various orchestras and conductors.
CD 10 Operatic Arias by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), Christoph Willibald Gluck (1714-1787), Vincenzo Bellini (1801-1835), Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901), Arrigo Boito (1842-1918) Various orchestras and conductors.
CD 11 Operatic Arias by Christoph Willibald Gluck, Giuseppe Verdi, Mikhail Glinka, Alexander Borodin, Modest Mussorgsky. Various orchestras and conductors. rec. 1954-1966
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