Rachmaninov: Romances

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Rachmaninov: Romances

Label:

Ondine

Catalogue No:

ODE12072

Discs:

1

Release date:

30th Jan 2012

Barcode:

0761195120729

Length:

64 minutes

Medium:

CD (download also available)
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Rachmaninov: Romances


Rachmaninov:

We shall rest, Op.26, No. 3

Do you remember the evening?

O, no, I beg you, do not leave, Op. 4 No. 1

Morning, Op. 4 No. 2

In the silence of the secret night, Op. 4 No. 3

The Harvest Of Sorrow, Op. 4 No. 5

Romance in E flat Op. 8 No. 2

A dream, Op. 8 No. 5

I was with her, Op. 14 No. 4

Do not believe me, friend, Op. 14 No. 7

She is as beautiful as midday, Op.14 No. 9

Spring torrents, Op. 14 No.11

In my soul, Op.14 No.10

It is time, Op. 14 No. 12

They replied, Op. 21 No. 4

Fragment from A. Musset, Op. 21 No. 6

How fair this spot, Op. 21 No. 7

How pained I am, Op. 21 No.12

All was taken from me, Op. 26 No. 2

Yesterday we met, Op. 26 No.13

Prokhodit vse, Op.26 No.15

Night is sorrowful, Op. 26 No.12

I am again alone, Op.26 No. 9

At the gates of the holy cloister

Christ is risen, Op.26 No. 6

I await you, Op.14 No. 1


Dmitri Hvorostovsky (baritone) & Ivari Ilja (piano)

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For his first CD release on Ondine, star baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky has chosen art song repertoire of great intensity and emotion from his Russian home country.

The 26 romances by Sergei Rachmaninov on this disc include such popular songs as Spring waters, op.14/11 or In the silence of the mysterious night, op.4/3.

Together with his longstanding duo partner, Estonian pianist Ivari Ilja, they have frequently performed many of these songs to great critical acclaim (“Mr. Hvorostovsky used the infinite shadings of his luxuriously dark and dusky voice to illuminate the yearning nuances of bitterness and regret. […] his admirable range of expressive and dynamic shadings [was] aptly mirrored by Ivari Ilja, an exemplary accompanist..” – The New York Times, 5 April 2008)

Dmitri Hvorostovsky is recognized as one of the leading and most charismatic baritones of our time, performing internationally at such opera houses as the New York Met, and partnering regularly with singers Renée Fleming and Jonas Kaufmann.

Dmitri Hvorostovsky recently signed to Ondine. He has released numerous highly successful CD and DVD recordings on such labels as Deutsche Grammophon, Philips, and Delos.

Sergei Rachmaninov: 15 Songs, Op. 26 (text by A. Chekhov)

15 Songs, Op. 26: No. 3. Mi otdokhnyom (We shall rest)

Sergei Rachmaninov: Ti pomnish' li vecher (Do you remember the evening)

Ti pomnish' li vecher (Do you remember the evening?)

Sergei Rachmaninov: 6 Songs, Op. 4 (text by D. Merezhkovsky)

6 Songs, Op. 4: No. 1. O net, molyu, ne ukhodi (Oh no, I beg you, do not leave!)

Sergei Rachmaninov: 6 Songs, Op. 4 (text by M. Yanov)

6 Songs, Op. 4: No. 2. Utro (Morning)

Sergei Rachmaninov: 6 Songs, Op. 4 (text A. Fet)

6 Songs, Op. 4: No. 3. V molchan'i nochi taynoy (In the silence of the mysterious night)

Sergei Rachmaninov: 6 Songs, Op. 4 (text by A. Tolstoy)

6 Songs, Op. 4: No. 5. Uzh ti, niva moya (Oh you, my corn field!)

Sergei Rachmaninov: 6 Songs, Op. 8 (text by H. Heine)

No. 2. Ditya kak tsvetok ti prekrasna (My child, you are beautiful as a flower)

No. 5. Son (A dream)

Sergei Rachmaninov: 12 Songs, Op. 14 (text by A.V. Koltsov)

12 Songs, Op. 14: No. 4. Ya bil u ney (I was with her)

Sergei Rachmaninov: 12 Songs, Op. 14 (text by M. Davidova)

12 Songs, Op. 14: No. 1. Ya zhdu tebya (I am waiting for you)

Sergei Rachmaninov: 12 Songs, Op. 14 (text by L. Tolstoy)

12 Songs, Op. 14: No. 7: Ne ver' mne, drug (Do not believe me, my friend)

Sergei Rachmaninov: 12 Songs, Op. 14 (text by N. Minsky)

12 Songs, Op. 14: No. 9. Ona, kak polden', khorosha (She is as beautiful as noon)

Sergei Rachmaninov: 12 Songs, Op. 14 (text by F.I. Tyutchev)

12 Songs, Op. 14: No. 11. Vesenniye vodi (Spring waters)

12 Songs, Op. 14 (text by N. Minsky)

12 Songs, Op. 14: No. 10. V moyey dushe (In my soul)

Sergei Rachmaninov: 12 Songs, Op. 14 (text by S.Y. Nadson)

12 Songs, Op. 14: No. 12. Pora (It is time!)

Sergei Rachmaninov: 12 Songs, Op. 21 (text by V. Hugo)

12 Songs, Op. 21: No. 4. Oni otvechali (They replied)

Sergei Rachmaninov: 12 Songs, Op. 21 (text by A.N. Apukhtin)

12 Songs, Op. 21: No. 6. Otrivok iz A. Myusse (An excerpt from Alfred de Musset)

Sergei Rachmaninov: 12 Songs, Op. 21 (text by G. Galina)

No. 7. Zdes' khorosho (How nice this place is)

No. 12. Kak mne bol'no no (How much it hurts)

Sergei Rachmaninov: 15 Songs, Op. 26 (text by F.I. Tyutchev)

15 Songs, Op. 26: No. 2. Vsyo otnyal u menya (Everything I had)

Sergei Rachmaninov: 15 Songs, Op. 26 (text by Y.P. Polonsky)

15 Songs, Op. 26: No. 13. Vchera mi vstretilis' (Yesterday we met)

Sergei Rachmaninov: 15 Songs, Op. 26 (text by D. Rathaus)

15 Songs, Op. 26: No. 15. Prokhodit vsyo (Everything passes)

Sergei Rachmaninov: 15 Songs, Op. 26 (text by I.A. Bunin)

15 Songs, Op. 26: No. 12. Noch' pechal'na (Sad night)

Sergei Rachmaninov: 15 Songs, Op. 26 (text by T. Shevchenko)

15 Songs, Op. 26: No. 9. Ya opyat' odinok (Once again, I am alone)

Sergei Rachmaninov: U vrat obiteli svyatoy (At the Gates of the Holy Abode)

U vrat obiteli svyatoy (At the gates of the holy cloister)

Sergei Rachmaninov: 15 Songs, Op. 26 (text by D.S. Merezhkovsky)

15 Songs, Op. 26: No. 6. Khristos voskres (Christ is risen!)

BBC Music Magazine

April 2012

*****

“for all his famously silky tones and deep-brown vocal shading Hvorostovsky does shape the lines meaningfully, and his delivery suits these songs admirably...Not everyone needs to respond to the 'Russian soul', of course; but for those who do, this is a fascinating recital - even if it's best not listened to all in one go.”

Gramophone Magazine

April 2012

“Though Dmitri Hvorostovsky revisits repertoire he recorded in his 1991 'Russian Romantics'...he has little to fear from comparisons with his more svelte-voiced younger self...his long-admired breath control is, if anything, more impressive...his baritone has a far richer palette of vocal resources to call upon...This is as fine as any currently available single-disc collection of Rachmaninov songs.”

International Record Review

March 2012

“This is still a full-throated, virile baritone of great beauty, capable of dramatic declaration. It verges on the over-heated, but it's impossible to approach this 'heart-on-the-sleeve' repertoire without anything less than total commitment...Ivari Ilja tackles Rachmaninov's elaborate piano accompaniments with equal commitment.”

The Observer

5th February 2012

“This recording should come with the warning "too hot to handle", such is the combustible combination of Dmitri Hvorostovsky's heroic baritone with the flaming passion of intensely romantic Russian poetry...the listener is left quite drained but also lost in wonder at the beauty of the melodic line.”

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