Galina Vishnevskaya and Boris Christoff perform Russian songs – With Mstislav Rostropovich

Orchestre de l'ORTF, London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

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Galina Vishnevskaya — Soprano

Boris Christoff — Bass

Mstislav Rostropovich — Pianist

Orchestre de l'ORTF

Jean-Claude Hartemann — Conductor

London Symphony Orchestra

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Eric Robinson — Conductor

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An episode of Classic Archive pairing archival footage of two of the 20th century's greatest opera singers, Galina Vishnevskaya and Boris Christoff.

Vishnevskaya performs works by Tchaikovsky and Mussorgsky with her husband Rostropovich in Paris in 1970, while Christoff performs excerpts from Mussorgsky's opera Boris Godunov with the ORTF Orchestra under the direction of Jean-Claude Hartemann (1966) and the London Symphony Orchestra (1958), interprets Russian folk "Song of the Volga Boatmen" with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (1959) under the direction of Eric Robinson.

Photo: Mstislav Rostropovich and Galina Vishnevskaya © Stanley Wolfson

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