Sergei Rachmaninov: 6 Songs, Op. 4 (text by A. Pushkin)
6 Songs, Op. 4: No. 4. Ne poy, krasavitsa, pri mne (Sing not to me, beautiful maiden)
Gyorgy Sviridov: 6 Romances
6 Romances: No. 1. Ronyaet les bagyyanyi svoi ubor (The crimson forest sheds its attire)
“Bringing them all to life is Hvorostovsky's performance - passionate, brooding or forceful with Pushkin's flowing lines, in a manner which might be a bit overpowering in less emotional music, but is exactly right for these songs...His word-sense and diction remain exemplary...Ivari Ilja is an equally spirited accompanist.”
“...his demonstration of finely controlled legato and evenness of tone through the registers is truly impressive.”
“...there's a particularly Russian ecstasy and agony in Pushkin's lyrical poetry that requires a broad musical brush to do it proper justice. This seems bred in the artistic bone for Hvorostovsky, so there's an almost conversation style...Despite his formidable horsepower [he] can be silky and subtle when required...evidently a singer for all Russian seasons!”
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