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Hvorostovsky: In this moonlit night
This second release of star baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky for Ondine features Russian Lieder by Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky and Taneyev. 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. Together with his longstanding duo partner, Estonian pianist Ivari Ilja, they have frequently performed to great critical acclaim.
“Hvorostovsky sings [the Tchaikovsky songs] with passionate expression...Hvorostovsky's elegant approach makes a good case for hearing more [Taneyev]...against the original piano accompaniment [of the Mussorgsky] his command is absolute...with Ivari Ilja's spirited playing, this is one of the finest performances I've heard” BBC Music Magazine, April 2013 *****
“Hvorostovsky was born to sing these songs...he brings to his interpretations a new richness and darkness of timbre, beautifully polished as it always was but enhanced with an even deeper understanding of how to project the subtleties of Mussorgsky's vocal writing...This is a top-choice version of the Songs and Dances of Death and it is rendered even more valuable through being set in the context of equally persuasive performances of Tchaikovsky and Taneyev.” Gramophone Magazine, April 2013
“Time has preserved his instrument remarkably well; his baritone retains its burnt umber colouring and his almost legendary ability to spin out long phrases on a single breath is still there...Hvorostovsky fans need not hesitate for an instant, but anyone interested in Russian song will want to investigate this inventively programmed, and stylishly performed, recital.” Mark Pullinger, Opera Britannia, 27th January 2013
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Lieder Der Romantik
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Tchaikovsky - Complete Songs Volume 2
Ljuba Kazarnovskaya (soprano), Ljuba Orefenova (piano)
“Kazarnovskaya is an intelligent singer, and fortunate in her no less intelligent and sensitive accompanist. The two of them respond eloquently to the flying rhythms of 'This Moonlit Night,' and to the different subtleties of 'The sun has set.” Gramophone Magazine, July 2000
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In the Silence of the Night
I am again alone, Op.26 No. 9
Lilacs, Op. 21 No. 5
Fragment from A. Musset, Op. 21 No. 6
In the silence of the secret night, Op. 4 No. 3
On the death of a siskin, Op.21, No. 8.
O, no, I beg you, do not leave, Op. 4 No. 1
Spring torrents, Op. 14 No.11
Six Poems of Marina Tsvetayeva, Op. 143 (for contralto and piano)
Primiren'ye (Reconciliation), Op. 25 No. 1
None but the lonely heart, Op. 6 No. 6
Why did I dream of you?, Op. 28 No. 3
Sred' shumnogo bala (Amid the din of the ball), Op. 38 No. 3
Den' li tsarit? (Does the day reign?), Op. 47 No. 6
Six lieder on poems by Daniel Rathaus, Op. 73
Irina Mishura (mezzo), Valery Ryvkin (piano)
VAI Audio is proud to present one of the most exciting new voices of our time in her CD recital debut. The young Russian mezzo-soprano Irina Mishura brings an extraordinary palette of vocal colors and emotional expression to this program of songs by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, and Shostakovich. Included is the premiere recording of Shostakovich’s hauntingly beautiful and emotionally searing song cycle Six Poems of Marina Tsvetayeva, op. 143, in its original scoring for voice and piano. Lawrence B. Johnson of the Detroit News has written of Mishura, "Her glorious sound [is] fluid and . . . solidly focussed over a stunning range. . . . [She] displayed not just the vocal prowess but also the intelligence that distinguishes great singers."The rising young Russian conductor Valéry Ryvkin accompanies at the piano. Booklet includes complete Russian texts (in transliteration) and English translations.
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