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Muslim Magomayev: Arias from operas

Muslim Magomayev: Arias from operas

Muslim Magomayev: Arias from operas

  • Disc number in the directory: MEL CD 1002345
  • Release: 2015
“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. For his art, the boundaries between the “high” and “low” genres seemed conditional and insignificant like never before – each of the pieces he sang was so near, in Magomayev style, the listeners’ hearts. “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 realizing 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 is 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 reveling 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 new meeting with him today and many years from now as they will listen 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.

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  • 1
     
    Figaro’s cavatina from the opera Il barbiere di Siviglia
    Muslim Magomayev, Moscow Radio Symphony orchestra, conductor Niyazi Tagizade-Hajibeyov (Gioachino Rossini)
    04:37
  • 2
     
    Don Giovanni’s aria from the opera Don Giovanni
    Muslim Magomayev, Moscow Radio Symphony orchestra, conductor Niyazi Tagizade-Hajibeyov (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)
    01:53
  • 3
     
    Figaro’s aria from the opera Le nozze di Figaro
    Muslim Magomayev, Moscow Radio Symphony orchestra, conductor Niyazi Tagizade-Hajibeyov (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)
    03:49
  • 4
     
    Toreador song from the opera Carmen (sung in Italian)
    Muslim Magomayev, Moscow Radio Symphony orchestra, conductor Niyazi Tagizade-Hajibeyov (Georges Bizet)
    04:01
  • 5
     
    Prince Igor’s aria from the opera Prince Igor
    Muslim Magomayev, Orchestra of Cinematography, conductor Niyazi Tagizade-Hajibeyov (Alexander Borodin)
    07:29
  • 6
     
    Mephistopheles song from the opera Faust (sung in Russian)
    Muslim Magomayev, Orchestra of Cinematography, conductor Vladimir Terletsky (Charles Gounod)
    02:03
  • 7
     
    Onegin’s aria from the opera Eugene Onegin
    Muslim Magomayev, Moscow Radio Symphony orchestra, conductor Niyazi Tagizade-Hajibeyov (Pyotr Tchaikovsky)
    02:05
  • 8
     
    Rigoletto’s aria from the opera Rigoletto
    Muslim Magomayev, Moscow Radio Symphony orchestra, conductor Niyazi Tagizade-Hajibeyov (Giuseppe Verdi)
    04:37
  • 9
     
    Amonasro’s scene from the opera Aida
    Muslim Magomayev, Orchestra of Cinematography, conductor Niyazi Tagizade-Hajibeyov (Giuseppe Verdi)
    03:13
  • 10
     
    Iago’s aria from the opera Otello
    Muslim Magomayev, Moscow Radio Symphony orchestra, conductor Niyazi Tagizade-Hajibeyov (Giuseppe Verdi)
    04:53
  • 11
     
    Prologue from the opera Pagliacci
    Muslim Magomayev, Moscow Radio Symphony orchestra, conductor Niyazi Tagizade-Hajibeyov (Ruggero Leoncavallo)
    05:49
  • 12
     
    Cascart’s aria from the opera Zaza
    Muslim Magomayev, Orchestra of Cinematography, conductor Niyazi Tagizade-Hajibeyov (Ruggero Leoncavallo)
    02:02
  • 13
     
    Romance of Cascart from the opera Zaza
    Muslim Magomayev, Orchestra of Cinematography, conductor Niyazi Tagizade-Hajibeyov (Ruggero Leoncavallo)
    02:47
  • 14
     
    Hasan khan’s aria from the opera Koroghlu (The Blind Man’s Son)
    Muslim Magomayev, Orchestra of Cinematography, conductor Niyazi Tagizade-Hajibeyov (Uzeyir Hajibeyov)
    02:13
  • 15
     
    Aslan shah’s aria from the opera Shah Ismayil
    Muslim Magomayev, Orchestra of Cinematography, conductor Niyazi Tagizade-Hajibeyov (Muslim Magomayev-Sr)
    04:08

  • Total time: 56.41

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