Rachmaninov: Songs

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Rachmaninov: Songs


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10th March 2014




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Rachmaninov: Songs


Songs (6), Op. 4

Songs (6), Op. 8

Songs (12), Op. 14

Were you hiccoughing, Natasha?

Songs (12), Op. 21

Songs (15), Op. 26

Letter to K.S. Stanislavsky

Songs (14), Op. 34

6 Songs, Op. 38

Evelina Dobraceva, Ekaterina Siurina (sopranos), Justina Gringyte (mezzo-soprano), Daniil Shtoda (tenor), Andrei Bondarenko, Rodion Pogossov (baritones), Alexander Vinogradov (bass) & Iain Burnside (piano)

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This is the first complete recording for 20 years of Rachmaninov’s published song output. With the addition of two delightfully comic occasional pieces, it lays two further claims to importance: Delphian's seven singers – hand-picked by renowned pianist Iain Burnside – are all native Russian speakers, and every song is performed in the key in which Rachmaninov wrote it, respecting both the specificity of vocal colour and the carefully designed tonal and expressive trajectory within each opus.

For the first 25 years of his career Rachmaninov regularly expressed himself in song, from Tchaikovskian beginnings to the very personal range of vocal and pianistic utterance in his final two collections. Almost a century after exile brought down the curtain on this period of his creative output, Burnside and his singers bring these works to shimmering, gushing, crackling, magnificent life.

Sergei Rachmaninoff: Six Songs, Op. 4

No. 1, Oh, No, I Beg You, Do Not Leave!

No. 2, Morning

No. 3, In the Quiet of the Secret Night

No. 4, Oh Do Not Sing

No. 5, Oh, My Field

No. 6, It Wasn’t Long Ago, My Friend

Sergei Rachmaninoff: Six Songs, Op. 8

No. 1, The Water Lily

No. 2, My Child, Your Beauty is Like a Flower

No. 3, Meditation

No. 4, The Soldier’s Wife (I Fell in Love)

No. 5, A Dream

No. 6, A Prayer

Sergei Rachmaninoff: Twelve Songs, Op. 14

No. 1, I Wait For You

No. 2, The Little Island

No. 3, How Fleeting is Delight in Love

No. 4, I Was With Her

No. 5, Summer Nights

No. 6, You Are So Loved By All

No. 7, Do Not Believe Me, Friend

No. 8, Oh, Do Not Grieve

No. 9, She Is As Beautiful As Midday

No. 10, In My Soul

No. 11, Spring Waters

No. 12, It Is Time!

Sergei Rachmaninoff: Were You Hiccupping, Natasha?

Were You Hiccupping, Natasha?

Sergei Rachmaninoff: Twelve Songs, Op. 21

No. 1, Fate

No. 2, By the Grave

No. 3, Twilight

No. 4, The Answer

No. 5, Lilacs

No. 6, Fragment from Alfred Musset

No. 7, How Peaceful

No. 8, On the Death of a Songbird

No. 9, Melody

No. 10, Before the Icon

No. 11, I Am Not a Prophet

No. 12, How Pained I Am

Sergei Rachmaninoff: Fifteen Songs, Op. 26

No. 1, The Heart’s Secret (There Are Many Sounds)

No. 2, All Was Taken From Me

No. 3, We Shall Rest

No. 4, Two Farewells

No. 5, Let Us Leave, My Sweet

No. 6, Christ Is Risen

No. 7, To My Children

No. 8, I Beg For Mercy

No. 9, I Am Alone Again

No. 10, At My Window

No. 11, The Fountain

No. 12, Night Is Sorrowful

No. 13, Yesterday We Met

No. 14, The Ring

No. 15, Everything Passes

Sergei Rachmaninoff: A Letter to K.S. Stanislavsky from S. Rachmaninov

A Letter to K.S. Stanislavsky from S. Rachmaninov

Sergei Rachmaninoff: Fourteen Songs, Op. 34

No. 1, The Muse

No. 2, In The Soul Of Each Of Us

No. 3, The Storm

No. 4, A Passing Breeze

No. 5, Arion

No. 6, The Raising of Lazarus

No. 7, It Cannot Be!

No. 8, Music

No. 9, The Poet (You Knew Him)

No. 10, The Morning of Life (I Remember This Day)

No. 11, The Prophet

No. 12, What Happiness

No. 13, Dissonance

No. 14, Vocalise

Sergei Rachmaninoff: Six Songs, Op. 38

No. 1, At Night In My Garden

No. 2, To Her

No. 3, Daisies

No. 4, The Pied Piper

No. 5, Sleep

No. 6, ‘A-oo’

The Telegraph

27th February 2014


“This is a richly rewarding and fascinating set...[Vinogradov] sings these epics with a marvellously fluent legato...But the star of the show is undoubtedly Burnside, playing throughout with unfailing intensity and sensitivity: voice and piano are truly equal partners here, and the results are electrifying.”

Sunday Times

23rd March 2014

“Burnside’s brilliant playing...allures the ear at every turn...The stars are Andrei Bondarenko and Alexander Vinogradov, both young but mature interpreters...Ekaterina Siurina’s sweet soprano comes into its own in the Op 38 set, while she and Vinogradov make something special of Two Farewells...Mixed results, but the best is superb.”

BBC Music Magazine

May 2014


“I was quickly won over by Andrei Bondarenko's burnished baritone sound and sensitivity...The two sopranos are top-note perfect...At times, the heavier-weight voices of mezzo Justina Gringyte and bass, Alexander Vinogradov, are too closely recorded for comfort...but Burnside remains a firm, clear companion throughout.”

Gramophone Magazine

May 2014

“there are distinct pluses to this new Delphian set. One of them is unquestionably the pianism of Iain Burnside, who recognises the integral expressive role of the piano in these songs...Practically everything...rings true in this set, sung gloriously with palpable heart and soul.”

The Guardian

24th April 2014


“Bondarenko, who won the song prize at Cardiff Singer of the World in 2011, is a delight with his honeyed, even tone and faultless phrasing. Burnside accompanies with his usual tact and intelligence. As a whole, the set is a very distinguished piece of work.”

MusicWeb International

“[Vinogradov's] beautiful rich dark tone and musicality single him out with distinction. ...Burnside, throughout, displays great sensitivity in his accompaniments. Technically accomplished, he meets the virtuosic challenges that Rachmaninov sets the performer...This set would be hard to beat by any standards – a deeply rewarding and truly stimulating musical experience.”

Presto Classical

David Smith

“The famous Vocalise - popularised in innumerable variants for solo instrument and orchestra - was in fact originally a song from Rachmaninov's Op. 34. Here, Iain Burnside accompanies seven native Russian-speakers in a complete set of Rachmaninov's vocal music, which contains some of his most personal and intimate writing.”

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