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Moussorgsky: Complete Songs - Alexandre Labinsky (piano); Boris Christoff (bass); Gerald Moore (piano); ORTF National Orchestra; George Tzipine (conductor)
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  1. Where art thou, little Star? (Gde tī, zvezdochka?), song for voice & piano
  2. Happy Hour: Capriccio (Vesoylīy chas, I & II), song for voice & piano
  3. Tell me why, o maiden (Otchego, skazhi), song for voice & piano
  4. The Leaves Were Sadly Rustling (List'ya shumeli unīlo), song for voice & piano
  5. I have many palaces and gardens (Mnogo yest' u menya teremov u sadov), song for voice & piano
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  1. Where art thou, little Star? (Gde tī, zvezdochka?), song for voice & piano
  2. Happy Hour: Capriccio (Vesoylīy chas, I & II), song for voice & piano
  3. Tell me why, o maiden (Otchego, skazhi), song for voice & piano
  4. The Leaves Were Sadly Rustling (List'ya shumeli unīlo), song for voice & piano
  5. I have many palaces and gardens (Mnogo yest' u menya teremov u sadov), song for voice & piano
  6. What are words of love to you? (Chto vam slova lyubvi?), song for voice & piano
  7. King Saul (King Saul), for voice & piano or orchestra, orchestration by Glazunov
  8. The Harper's Song (Pesn' startsa), song for voice & piano
  9. We parted coldly, but if I could meet thee again (No yesli bī s toboyu ya vstretit'sya mogla), song for voice & piano
  10. The Wild Winds Blow (Duyut vetrī), song for voice & piano
  11. Night (Noch'), fantasy for voice & piano
  12. Kalistratushka, for voice & piano
  13. Song of the Balearic Islander, for voice & piano (from the opera Salammbô)
  14. Prayer (Molitva), song for voice & piano
  15. The Outcast (Otverzhennaya), essay in recitative for voice & piano
  16. Sleep, sleep peasant son (Spi, uspi krest' yanskiy sīn), song for voice & piano
  17. Dear one, why are thine eyes sometimes so Cold? (Malyutka), song for voice & piano
  18. Desire (Zhelaniye), song for voice & piano, edited by Karatīgin
  19. Gopak (Hopak), song for voice & piano
  20. Darling Savishna (Svetik Savishna), song for voice & piano
  21. The Seminarist, song for voice & piano
  22. Hebrew Song (Yevreyskaya pesnya), song for voice & piano
  23. The Magpie (Strekotun'ya beloboka), "musical jest" (song) for voice & piano
  24. Gathering Mushrooms (Po gribī), song for voice & piano
  25. The Feast (Pirushka), for voice & piano
  26. The Street Urchin (Ozornik; The Ragamuffin), song for voice & piano
  27. A Society Tale: The Goat (Svetskaya skazochka: kozyol), song for voice & piano
  28. The Garden by the Don (Po nad Donom sad tsvetyot), song for voice & piano (edited by Rimsky-Korsakov)
  29. The Classicist (Klassik), a "musical pamphlet" for voice & piano
  30. The Orphan (Sirotka), song for voice & piano
  31. Child's Song (Detskaya pesnya), song for voice & piano
  32. The Nursery (Detskaya; 7), song cycle for voice & piano, edited by Rimsky-Korsakov
  33. Eremushka's Lullaby (Kolībel'naya Eryomushki), song for voice & piano
  34. Penny-Paradise (Rayok), satire for voice & piano
  35. Evening Song (Vechernyaya pesenka), song for voice & piano, edited by Karatīgin
  36. Forgotten (Zabītīy), ballad for voice & piano
  37. Sunless (Bez solntsa; 6), song cycle for voice & piano (or orchestra)
  38. Songs & Dances of Death (Pesni y plyaski smerti; 4), song cycle for voice & orchestra, orchestration by Glazunov & Rimsky-Korsakov
  39. Cruel Death: An Epitaph (Nadgrabnoye pis'mo), for voice & piano, completed by Karatīgin
  40. The Misunderstood One (Neponyatnaya), song for voice & piano, edited by Karatīgin
  41. Misfortune (Ne bozhim gromom udarillo), song for voice & piano, edited by Rimsky-Korsakov
  42. Softly the Spirit Flew up to Heaven (Gornimi tikho letela), song for voice & piano, edited by Rimsky-Korsakov
  43. Is Spinning Man's work? (Oy, chest' li to molodtsu pryasti?), song for voice & piano
  44. It Scatters and Breaks (Rassevayetsya, rasstupayetsya), song for voice & piano, edited by Rimsky-Korsakov
  45. The Vision (Videniye), song for voice & piano, edited by Rimsky-Korsakov
  46. Master Haughty (Spes'), song for voice & piano
  47. The Wanderer (Strannik), song for voice & piano, edited by Rimsky-Korsakov
  48. On the Dnieper (Na Dnepre), song for voice & piano, edited by Rimsky-Korsakov
  49. Mephistopheles' Song of the Flea, for voice & piano or orchestra, edited by Rimsky-Korsakov
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Boris Christoff's set of the complete songs of Mussorgsky is one of the greatest monuments to a single composer's greatest body of works, one of the greatest monuments to the art of singing, and one of the greatest monuments to one of the great singers of the twentieth century. The only really comparable achievement is Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau's corpus of recordings of the songs of Schubert. And if Fischer-Dieskau's achievement is larger in scope, it is neither more profound nor more musical than Christoff's. Mussorgsky's ...