HD-Vinyl 24/96 (EMI/Angel) Modest Mussorgsky – Boris Godunov (Christoff/Cluytens)

Thank you very much for this terrific masterpiece to our friend from Lake Michigan
This version is badly cut,and purists may sneer at the Rimsky-Korsakoff arrangement, but it has two things going for it. The first thing is Boris Christoff. The second thing is Boris Christoff. (He sings three roles in this recording, which is a little confusing, but what the heck!) Christoff, with a rich and powerful bass-baritone, was one of the 20th century’s leading exponents of the role of Boris Godunov. He is simply a force of nature in the title role, yet with the ability to shade his voice into heartrending beauty and sorrow. The rest of the cast is excellent. Andre Cluytens conducts with a terrific mix of power and sensitivity, and the quality of the recording is quite good. While this may not be everybody’s first choice, it belongs on every opera lover’s shelf simply because it gives us the chance to hear one of the greatest bass-baritones of the century in his signature role.

# Composer: Modest Mussorgsky
# Performer: Dimitr Ouzounov, John Lanigan, Boris Christoff, Evelyn Lear, Ana Alexieva
# Orchestra: Paris Conservatoire Orchestra
# Conductor: André Cluytens
# Vinyl (1963)
# Number of Discs: 4
# Format: Flac
# Label: EMI
# DR-Analysis: DR 14
# Size:  4.2 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

After listening to almost every available recording of Boris Godunov in print,and also some recordings out of print,I came to conclusion that the second EMI recording with Boris Christoff is still the best.It is the Rimsky-Korsakov version and it is much better ,then the so called Mussorgsky original. We know well that the 1869 version in seven scenes was rejected in February 1871 by the authorities of the Imperial Opera. We also know that the 1872 enlarged version was performed with success and then was also neglected.Thanks to Rimsky-Korsakov version ,which was until recent times the most successful version performed all over the world.Without his great work the opera. Boris Godunov,would probably be today little known opera ,like many other forgotten operas of great value. After all Rimsky-Korsakov was a great master of orchestration,just listen to his great orchestral woks ,Scheherazade,Capriccio Espagnol and Russian Easter Overture and you will know what I mean.
The present performance with Boris Christoff interpreting the three major bass roles with great skill and profound knowledge of Russian history and music is a great joy.He changes his dark voluminous voice to perfection and despite being recognizable he is different in every role.I like to inform you in case if you don’t know that the great Russian conductor Issay Dobroven persuaded Boris Christoff to sing all three roles of Pimen Varlam and Boris Godunov.
The other roles are performed beautifully by Evelyn Lear “Marina”,Dimitr Ouzounov”the False Dimitri”,Anton Diakov”Rangoni” and the rest of the cast.Andre Cluytens leads the excellent chorus of the Opera of Sofia and Orchestre de la Societe DES Concerts du Conservatoire with great skill and profound knowledge.
I recommend this EMI studio recording to every music lover ,new commer or otherwise to experience and enjoy the splendor of a great Russian opera.


 Analyzed folder: /96k Mussorgsky – Boris Godunov – Cluytens
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 Number of files:    8
 Official DR value:    DR14


  • Bass Vocals – Boris Christoff
  • Chorus – Chorus Of The National Opera Of Sofia
  • Chorus Master – Luben Kondov
  • Conductor – André Cluytens
  • Mezzo-soprano Vocals – Ana Alexieva
  • Orchestra – Paris Conservatoire Orchestra
  • Soprano Vocals – Evelyn Lear
  • Tenor Vocals – Dimitr Ouzounov, John Lanigan

Ripping Info


If You hear some clicks and pops here and there, Who cares?
Id rather have a few light anomalies instead of destroying the music.
Enjoy the music, not the ticks & pops.
I tend more and more, in the last time, to de-click with an automatic setting between 0.7 and 1.2 so you can say, my rips are like half rough rips.

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12 thoughts on “HD-Vinyl 24/96 (EMI/Angel) Modest Mussorgsky – Boris Godunov (Christoff/Cluytens)

  1. Three thumbs up for Mr. Boris Christoff. Awe, what the heck… 5 Stars. This is the version I found at the local book store… its spine split but each side of the box intact with records that must not have been played at all. A gentle cleaning as I do with all my finds… and a most unexpected love story. Never was a big fan of the male voice… but now I just love this reading… and I have a better appreciation for the male voice as never before. This is a “desert island” disc if there ever was one for me. I look forward to your loving rip, Rac. Thank you!!

  2. I recall in ’93 on the occasion of Gramophone magazine’s 70th birthday, they had an insert titled “70 at 70” – their short list of seventy greatest recordings of all time – and this recording was on it. I’ve since been curious to hear it. Thanks for sharing it in its vinyl incarnation!

    • Never heard of this shit in all these years. The problem must be on your side.
      Go direct to FF for DL…or check the settings of your browser.
      No one of the +50,000 users here have ever reported this…

  3. This is a top Boris Godunov for me because of Boris Christoff. He is fantastic.

    Just an fyi, there’s a skip in ‘Act 4 – Farewell and Death of Boris’ at ~7 min 27 secs. It doesn’t detract from the music at all.

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