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Posted by Martin Walker on May 21, 2008, 11:14 am
Just as a matter of discographic interest: this is an almost exact replication of RCA GD60522 (1991), now gone, of course. Nimbus have put in the opening choral scene of *Boris* that RCA dropped (the latter begins with the Coronation Scene) but drop the two Gretchaninoff pieces, "Slumber Song" & "My Homeland", Stravinsky's "Tilim-Bom" & Rachmaninov's "O cease thy singing" (Pushkin) - rather a pity (they were recorded slightly earlier in 1939). Most of the Lieder recordings were on a M&A 2-CD box (Wolf, Brahms, Schubert, Schumann & Strauss) and a Sony Masterworks Heritage CD (1996)included the same songs by the S's plus a few arias recorded in the US: Handel, Gounod, Wagner & Mozart, the latter consisting of "In diesen heiligen Hallen" and curiously recorded a year before the well-known German recording in 1930. I agree with everything said in Göran's absorbing review about Kipnis's greatness, both as opera and Lieder singer; I would only add the famous Golovanov recording of *Boris* with Mark Reizen (whose Boris you don't mention) to the all-time greats.
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