SVR's contemporary and friend - Chaliapin

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SVR's contemporary and friend - Chaliapin

Postby opus23#10 » Thu Aug 24, 2006 8:00 pm

If you enjoy opera, history, or just reading about SVR, try the book CHALIAPIN, A CRITICAL BIOGRAPHY by Victor Borovsky, Alfred Knopf, N.Y., 1988. In many ways, the life of this great Russian bass paralells that of Rachmaninoff. SVR taught Chaliapin harmony, accompanied him to Milan for his La Scala debut (for moral and musical support), and treasured him as a musician and friend. * I was actually able to check out a digitally remastered CD of Chaliapin's arias from our public library!!! There are also CD's available through CD Universe. Chaliapin's voice is unlike any other I have heard before, and the Russian songs are just amazing.
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Postby morakeo » Sun Dec 24, 2006 3:26 pm

Yes, Chaliapin is like Horowitz and Furtwangler and Callas. Noone before, noone after. Totally unique. His ''Boris Godunov'' is totally out of this world. And ''Eugene Oniegin''. There are quite a few cds with him singing.

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ORSON WELLES, CHEKOV, RACH AS ACTING COACH ETC.

Postby nextren » Wed Feb 28, 2007 4:48 am

Orson Welles as a youth saw Chaliapin perform on stage (not in Russia) and years later said simply, "He was the best. No one could make his weight as an actor and a presence." (From _This Is Orson Welles_, by Peter Bogdonavich.) Welles said Chaliapin didn't do as well on camera, though. (C. was filmed several times.)

Rachmaninoff is said to have coached C. in early years (1899-1900) in "the dramatic aspects" of the operas which they performed together for a private opera company in Russia. "He helped me to understand how to prepare the dramatic side of roles," C. said of Rachmaninoff.

Interestingly, Rachmaninoff in his later years in America gave tips on stage acting to no less than Michael Chekov, great stage actor and nephew (?) of Anton Chekov. M. Chekov credits Rachmaninoff in one of his books for telling him valuable insights about the technique of acting.

Rachmaninoff as drama coach?? :D

Michael Chekov appeared in a Hitchcock film not long afterward ("Spellbound"). From Orson to Hitchcock. Rachmaninoff had big hands and even bigger fingerprints.

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Postby Romy the Cat » Mon Apr 02, 2007 1:31 am

morakeo wrote:Yes, Chaliapin is like Horowitz and Furtwangler and Callas. Noone before, noone after. Totally unique. His ''Boris Godunov'' is totally out of this world. And ''Eugene Oniegin''. There are quite a few cds with him singing.
Yes, the Chaliapin's ''Eugene Oniegin'' was totally unique… :-)

Rgs, Romy the Cat

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Postby morakeo » Sun May 27, 2007 2:43 pm

Anyone knows if there are any videos with Chaliapin :?:

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Postby RACHBOY » Tue May 29, 2007 10:53 pm

morakeo wrote:Anyone knows if there are any videos with Chaliapin :?:


No hve not seen any, wou;d be really nice though!

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Postby mikhailp » Fri Jun 01, 2007 8:37 am

I heard something about there being one or two videos shot of him when it was still experimental technology. Don't know what or where though.

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Postby Amphissa » Wed Jun 06, 2007 5:34 am

You can see and hear videos of Chaliapin singing on YouTube here:

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"Life without music is a mistake." Nietzsche

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Postby morakeo » Sat Jun 23, 2007 1:38 pm

Incredible!

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Re: SVR's contemporary and friend - Chaliapin

Postby Marianne » Mon Oct 06, 2008 3:36 pm

There is also a film "Don Quixote" (1933) by George Wilhelm Pabst where Chaliapin plays the role of Don Quixote
One can find the episodes from this film on youtube.com.


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