Leopold Anthony Stokowski
(April 18, 1882 – September 13, 1977)
Stokowski was a British-born, naturalised American orchestral conductor, well known for his free-hand performing style that spurned the traditional baton and for obtaining a characteristically sumptuous sound from many of the great orchestras he conducted. In America, Stokowski performed with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the NBC Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, the Houston Symphony Orchestra, the Symphony of the Air and many others. He was also the founder of the All-American Youth Orchestra, the New York City Symphony, the Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra and the American Symphony Orchestra. He conducted the music for and appeared in Disney's Fantasia and was a lifelong champion of contemporary composers, giving many premieres of new music during his 60-year conducting career. Stokowski, who made his official conducting debut in 1909, appeared in public for the last time in 1975 but continued making recordings until June 1977, a few months before his death at the age of 95.
(November 6, 1920 – March 12, 1991)
Rossi Lemeni was born in Istanbul, Turkey, the son of an Italian colonel and a Russian mother. In his prime he was one of the most respected bassos in Italy. The composer Ildebrando Pizzetti wrote the opera Assassinio nella cattedrale (1958) specifically for Rossi-Lemeni. He was also a prize-winning poet and a painter. The basso made his debut as Varlaam in Boris Godunov, at Venice, in 1946. He sang at the Teatro alla Scala from 1947 to 1960, the Teatro Colón (1949) and Covent Garden (1952). He appeared at the Metropolitan Opera, opening the 1953-54 season, in Faust (with Jussi Björling, Victoria de los Ángeles and Robert Merrill, conducted by Pierre Monteux and directed by Peter Brook in his Met debut), followed by the title roles of Don Giovanni and Boris Godunov. Rossi Lemeni was married to Romanian soprano Virginia Zeani. Among his recordings are Don Carlos (with Mirto Picchi, 1951), Il barbiere di Siviglia (with de los Ángeles, 1952), and—opposite Maria Callas—I puritani (1953), Norma (1954), and Il Turco in Italia (1954). He was then featured in two recordings of La serva padrona, the first (1955) conducted by Carlo Maria Giulini, the second (1959) alongside Zeani. In 1952, he recorded excerpts from Boris Godunov with Leopold Stokowski and the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra for RCA Victor, which have been reissued on CD. Rossi Lemeni was a pontifical knight, in the Order of St. Sylvester.
Prologue, Scene I: In the Courtyard of the Novodevichy Monastery Near Moscow
Prologue, Scene I: Chorus of Wandering Pilgrims
Prologue, Scene II: Coronation Scene
Act I, Scene I: Monks Chanting in the Chudov Monastery
Act I, Scene II: An Inn on the Lithuanian Frontier (Orchestral Introduction)
Act I, Scene II: Varlaam's Song
Act II: The Royal Apartments in the Kremlin (Boris's Monologue)
Act II: Clock Scene
Act III, Scene II: The Gardens of the Castle At Sandomir (Polonaise)
Act IV, Scene I: A Forest Clearing Near Kromy (Revolutionary Scene)
Act IV, Scene II: In the Palace of the Kremlin (Farewell and Death of Boris)
Nicola Rossi-Lemeni, bass
San Francisco Opera Chorus
San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
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