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Tchaikovsky: Romances / Stotijn, Drake

Album Summary

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Songs (6), Op. 38
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : None but the Lonely Heart, Op. 6, no 6
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Over Burning Ashes, song for voice & piano, Op. 25/2
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : My Genius, My Angel, My Friend
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Lullaby, Op. 16/1
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Reconciliation, Op. 25, no 1
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : The sun has set, song for voice & piano, Op. 73/4
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : The Fearful Moment, Op. 28, no 6
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : The mild stars shone for us, song for voice & piano, Op. 60/12
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Songs (7), Op. 47
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : The fires in the room were already out, song for voice & piano, Op. 63/5
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Not a Word, O My Friend, Op. 6, no 2
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Songs (6), Op. 6
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Gypsy's song, for voice & piano, Op. 60/7
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Do not believe my friend, song for voice & piano, Op. 6/1
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : It Was in The Early Spring, Op. 38, no 2
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : The Cuckoo, song for voice & piano (Children's Songs), Op. 54/8
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Does the Day Reign, Op. 47, no 6
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Songs (6), Op. 73
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Notes & Reviews:

"Christianne Stotijn's new disc for Onyx sees her leave behind the German lieder that she sang, to great acclaim, on her first two discs for the label to tackle a programme of Tchaikovsky. And with her now regular accompanist, Julius Drake, the results are no less persuasive... There have no doubt been more powerfully charged – or highly-strung – champions of this relatively unknown part of Tchaikovsky's output (such as Julia Varady on her Orfeo recital) yet Stotijn's approach is convincing and affecting. With typically sensitive support from Drake and natural engineering from Onyx, this disc can be highly recommended." -MusicalCriticism.com

Gramophone Magazine
The two best-known songs open proceedings: "At the Ball", with its reminiscence of unrequited passion to the lilt of a sad waltz, and then "None but the lonely heart". Everyone conceivable from Rosa Ponselle to Frank Sinatra has recorded this, but Stotijn loses nothing in comparison with ghosts from the past. Her voice is a full-blooded mezzo but steady and true, without a hint of that vibrato that can often disturb the line in Slavonic singers... The piano parts are superbly done: in every sense these songs are duets. Tchaikovsky's songs are not nearly well enough known and this superb recital should encourage more interest in them.

BBC Music Magazine
Christianne Stotijn is that artist in a thousand whose personality shines through everything she does. Her Russian characterisations and folk inflections seem spot-on in the vivid narratives of 'Had I known', 'The Bride's Lament' and 'The Cuckoo'. Here, too, as in their often wonderful Mahler recital together, Julius Drake's focused narratives make us want to hear even more from him... But Stotijn's charisma and her beautifully recorded altoish depth of tone is enough to hold me spellbound.

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
For the most part these are angst-ridden stories of death and lost love. The two best-known songs open proceedings: 'At the Ball', with its reminiscence of unrequited passion to the lilt of a sad waltz, and then 'None but the lonely heart'. Everyone conceivable from Rosa Ponselle to Frank Sinatra has recorded this, but Stotijn loses nothing in comparison with ghosts from the past. Her voice is a full-blooded mezzo but steady and true, without a hint of that vibrato that can often disturb the line in Slavonic singers (Stotijn is from The Netherlands).

The emotional climax of the selection comes with 'The Bride's Lament'. This outpouring of grief can seem over melodramatic but Stotijn and Drake find exactly the right mood. The piano parts are superbly done: in every sense these songs are duets. There are a couple of other light moments - 'Cuckoo', one of 16 children's songs composed in the 1880s, and a 'Gypsy Song' from around the same time.

Tchaikovsky's songs are not nearly well enough known and this superb recital should encourage more interest in them. Highly recommended.



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>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Songs (6), Op. 38
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Christianne Stotijn (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Notes: Champs Hill, Pulborough, Sussex, England (07/05/2008-07/07/2008)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1878

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : None but the Lonely Heart, Op. 6, no 6
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Christianne Stotijn (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Notes: Champs Hill, Pulborough, Sussex, England (07/05/2008-07/07/2008)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1869

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Over Burning Ashes, song for voice & piano, Op. 25/2
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Christianne Stotijn (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Notes: Champs Hill, Pulborough, Sussex, England (07/05/2008-07/07/2008)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1874-1875

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : My Genius, My Angel, My Friend
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Christianne Stotijn (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Notes: Champs Hill, Pulborough, Sussex, England (07/05/2008-07/07/2008)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1857

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Lullaby, Op. 16/1
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Christianne Stotijn (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Notes: Champs Hill, Pulborough, Sussex, England (07/05/2008-07/07/2008)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1872

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Reconciliation, Op. 25, no 1
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Christianne Stotijn (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Notes: Champs Hill, Pulborough, Sussex, England (07/05/2008-07/07/2008)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1874-1875

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : The sun has set, song for voice & piano, Op. 73/4
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Christianne Stotijn (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Notes: Champs Hill, Pulborough, Sussex, England (07/05/2008-07/07/2008)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1893

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : The Fearful Moment, Op. 28, no 6
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Christianne Stotijn (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Notes: Champs Hill, Pulborough, Sussex, England (07/05/2008-07/07/2008)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1875

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : The mild stars shone for us, song for voice & piano, Op. 60/12
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Christianne Stotijn (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Notes: Champs Hill, Pulborough, Sussex, England (07/05/2008-07/07/2008)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1886

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Songs (7), Op. 47
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Christianne Stotijn (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Notes: Champs Hill, Pulborough, Sussex, England (07/05/2008-07/07/2008)
  • Running Time: 4 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1880

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : The fires in the room were already out, song for voice & piano, Op. 63/5
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Christianne Stotijn (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Notes: Champs Hill, Pulborough, Sussex, England (07/05/2008-07/07/2008)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1887

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Not a Word, O My Friend, Op. 6, no 2
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Christianne Stotijn (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Notes: Champs Hill, Pulborough, Sussex, England (07/05/2008-07/07/2008)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1869

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Songs (6), Op. 6
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Christianne Stotijn (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Notes: Champs Hill, Pulborough, Sussex, England (07/05/2008-07/07/2008)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1869

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Songs (7), Op. 47
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Christianne Stotijn (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Notes: Champs Hill, Pulborough, Sussex, England (07/05/2008-07/07/2008)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1880

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Gypsy's song, for voice & piano, Op. 60/7
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Christianne Stotijn (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Notes: Champs Hill, Pulborough, Sussex, England (07/05/2008-07/07/2008)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1886

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Do not believe my friend, song for voice & piano, Op. 6/1
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Christianne Stotijn (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Notes: Champs Hill, Pulborough, Sussex, England (07/05/2008-07/07/2008)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1869

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : It Was in The Early Spring, Op. 38, no 2
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Christianne Stotijn (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Notes: Champs Hill, Pulborough, Sussex, England (07/05/2008-07/07/2008)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1878

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : The Cuckoo, song for voice & piano (Children's Songs), Op. 54/8
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Christianne Stotijn (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Notes: Champs Hill, Pulborough, Sussex, England (07/05/2008-07/07/2008)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1883

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Does the Day Reign, Op. 47, no 6
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Christianne Stotijn (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Notes: Champs Hill, Pulborough, Sussex, England (07/05/2008-07/07/2008)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1880

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Songs (6), Op. 73
  • Performers: Julius Drake (Piano); Christianne Stotijn (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Notes: Champs Hill, Pulborough, Sussex, England (07/05/2008-07/07/2008)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1893