Dokovska: Russian Songs / Svetlov, tenor

> Pesnya Mefistofelya v pogrebke Auerbakha (Mephistopheles's Song in Auerbach's Cellar), "Song of the Flea" - Pesnya Mefistofelya v pogrebke Auerbakha (Mephistopheles's Song in Auerbach's Cellar), "Song of the Flea"
> Svetskaya skazochka: kozyol (A Society Tale: The Goat) - Svetskaya skazochka: Kozyol (A Society Tale: The Goat)
> Ozornik (The Ragamuffin) - Ozornik (The Ragamuffin)
> Seminarist (The Seminarist) - Seminarist (The Seminarist)
> Pesni i plyaski smerti (Songs and Dances of Death) - No. 1. Lullaby
> Pesni i plyaski smerti (Songs and Dances of Death) - No. 2. Serenade
> Pesni i plyaski smerti (Songs and Dances of Death) - No. 3. Trepak
> Pesni i plyaski smerti (Songs and Dances of Death) - No. 4. The Field-Marshal
> 25 Poems, Op. 57 - No. 17. The Statue of Czarskoye-Selo
> 25 Poems, Op. 57 - No. 11. Ty I Vy (You and you)
> 2 Songs, Op. 49 - 2 Songs, Op. 49: No. 2. Prorok (The Prophet)
> 4 Songs, Op. 40 - 4 Songs, Op. 40: No. 3. O chyom v tishi nochyei (Of what I dream in the quiet night)
> 4 Songs, Op. 3 - 4 Songs, Op. 3: No. 4. Na kholmakh Gruzii (On the hills of Georgia)
> 5 Songs, Op. 51 - 5 Songs, Op. 51: No. 5. Nenastniy den' potukh (The rainy day has waned)
> Barkarola (Barcarolle) - Barkarola (Barcarolle)
> Slishu li golos tvoy (When I Hear thy Voice) - Slishu li golos tvoy (When I Hear thy Voice)
> Kak naladili: durak (The Putting-Right) - Kak naladili: durak (The Putting-Right)
> Yevreyskaya melodiya (Hebrew melody) - Yevreyskaya melodiya (Hebrew melody)
> Chudniy sad (The Magic Garden) - Chudniy sad (The Magic Garden)
> Fal'shivaya nota (The False Note) - Fal'shivaya nota (The False Note)
> Iz slyoz moikh (From my Tears) - Iz slyoz moikh (From my Tears)
> Pesnya tyomnogo lesa (Song of the Dark Forest) - Pesnya tyomnogo lesa (Song of the Dark Forest)

Album Summary

>Mussorgsky, Modest : Mephistopheles' song of the flea
>Mussorgsky, Modest : A Society Tale
>Mussorgsky, Modest : The Street Urchin (Ozornik; The Ragamuffin), song for voice & piano
>Mussorgsky, Modest : The Seminarist, song for voice & piano
>Mussorgsky, Modest : Songs and dances of death
>Cui, César : Poems (25) by Pushkin, Op. 57
>Cui, César : Tï i vï ("You" and "thou"), Op. 57/11
>Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai : The Prophet (Prorok) (i), song for voice & piano, Op. 49/2
>Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai : Songs (4), Op. 40
>Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai : Na kholmakh Gruzii (The hills of Georgia), Op. 3/4
>Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai : The rainy day has waned (Nenastniy den' potukh), song for voice & piano, Op. 51/5
>Balakirev, Mily : Barcarole
>Balakirev, Mily : Whene'er I Hear Thy Voice
>Balakirev, Mily : The Putting-Right (Kak naladili
>Balakirev, Mily : Hebrew Melody
>Borodin, Alexander : Septain
>Borodin, Alexander : The False Note (Fal'shivaya nota), song for voice & piano
>Borodin, Alexander : From my tears
>Borodin, Alexander : Song of the dark forest
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Notes & Reviews:

When the Russian art historian and critic Vladimir Stasov declared in 1867 "how much poetry, feeling, talent, and intelligence are possessed by the small but already mighty handful of Russian musicians," the five nationalist composers to whom he referred adopted the nickname with pride. Though each developed his own personal style, they remained committed to forging a truly Russian musical tradition. Russian bass Mikhail Svetlov is a winner of the Viotti International Competition and has been principal soloist of the Bolshoy Theatre of Moscow for over a decade.

MusicWeb International
... She is sensitive to the lyrics, and supportive to the soloist. In the Songs and Dances of Death, her playing is really impressive.

Fanfare
This disc brings together a selection of songs by the five members of the Mighty Handful, and serves as a useful and economical introduction to their contributions in this genre, although with more than 23 minutes of unused space on the disc, more songs could have been included. Bass Mikhail Svetlov was originally known as Mikhail Krutikov. Under that name he was a member of the Bolshoi Theater company for more than a decade and participated in Bolshoi recordings of Rachmaninov's The Miserly Knight, Alexander Serov's Judith (both on Harmonia Mundi), and Prokofiev's Betrothal in a Monastery (BMG). He also appears in recordings of Rimsky-Korsakov's May Night and Shostakovich's unfinished opera The Gamblers (both on Capriccio), as well as a recording of Beethoven's Missa Solemnis conducted by Antal Doráti (BIS). He has performed with major opera companies throughout the world. I have not been able to discover the reason for his name change, but it appears that at a certain point he emigrated to the U.S.

You would learn little of this history from the Naxos notes. His performances on this disc are for the most part very good. He has a sonorous, well-rounded voice, evenly produced and pleasing in timbre, and he is able to scale it up or down as the material requires. He shows no strain or discomfort at either end of his range, although his tone sometimes betrays a slight unsteadiness in held notes. He tends to adopt rather brisk tempi by comparison with other interpreters, but nothing sounds hurried. He characterizes each song convincingly, dramatizing where the opportunity offers itself but not to excess. Pavlina Dokovska's accompaniments are discreetly proficient, properly proportioned in relation to the voice. The recorded sound is for the most part clear and spacious, although there can sometimes be a reverberant halo on the voice in peaks, and I hear one instance of actual distortion. Texts are available via download (Russian transliteration and English translation only, no Cyrillic). I must also report that these texts occasionally deviate from the words actually sung, and I believe it is the singer who is accurate.

American Record Guide
Svetlov lives this repertoire as he easily, dramatically moves his way from song to song. Dokovska is the excellent accompanist... excellent notes.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, USA (03/15/2009-03/17/2009).



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>Mussorgsky, Modest : Mephistopheles' song of the flea
  • Performers: Mikhail Svetlov (Tenor); Pavlina Dokovska (Piano)
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, USA (03/15/2009-03/17/2009)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1879

>Mussorgsky, Modest : A Society Tale :: The Goat (Svetskaya skazochka
  • Performers: Mikhail Svetlov (Tenor); Pavlina Dokovska (Piano)
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, USA (03/15/2009-03/17/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1867

>Mussorgsky, Modest : The Street Urchin (Ozornik; The Ragamuffin), song for voice & piano
  • Performers: Mikhail Svetlov (Tenor); Pavlina Dokovska (Piano)
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, USA (03/15/2009-03/17/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1867

>Mussorgsky, Modest : The Seminarist, song for voice & piano
  • Performers: Mikhail Svetlov (Tenor); Pavlina Dokovska (Piano)
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, USA (03/15/2009-03/17/2009)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1866

>Mussorgsky, Modest : Songs and dances of death
  • Performers: Mikhail Svetlov (Tenor); Pavlina Dokovska (Piano)
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, USA (03/15/2009-03/17/2009)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>César Cui (1835 - 1918) : Poems (25) by Pushkin, Op. 57
  • Performers: Mikhail Svetlov (Tenor); Pavlina Dokovska (Piano)
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, USA (03/15/2009-03/17/2009)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>César Cui (1835 - 1918) : Tï i vï ("You" and "thou"), Op. 57/11
  • Performers: Mikhail Svetlov (Tenor); Pavlina Dokovska (Piano)
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, USA (03/15/2009-03/17/2009)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai : The Prophet (Prorok) (i), song for voice & piano, Op. 49/2
  • Performers: Mikhail Svetlov (Tenor); Pavlina Dokovska (Piano)
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, USA (03/15/2009-03/17/2009)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1897

>Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai : Songs (4), Op. 40
  • Performers: Mikhail Svetlov (Tenor); Pavlina Dokovska (Piano)
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, USA (03/15/2009-03/17/2009)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1897

>Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai : Na kholmakh Gruzii (The hills of Georgia), Op. 3/4
  • Performers: Mikhail Svetlov (Tenor); Pavlina Dokovska (Piano)
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, USA (03/15/2009-03/17/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1866

>Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai : The rainy day has waned (Nenastnïy den' potukh), song for voice & piano, Op. 51/5
  • Performers: Mikhail Svetlov (Tenor); Pavlina Dokovska (Piano)
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, USA (03/15/2009-03/17/2009)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1897

>Balakirev, Mily : Barcarole
  • Performers: Mikhail Svetlov (Tenor); Pavlina Dokovska (Piano)
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, USA (03/15/2009-03/17/2009)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1858

>Balakirev, Mily : Whene'er I Hear Thy Voice
  • Performers: Mikhail Svetlov (Tenor); Pavlina Dokovska (Piano)
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, USA (03/15/2009-03/17/2009)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1863

>Balakirev, Mily : The Putting-Right (Kak naladili :: durak), song for voice & piano (10 Songs 1895-96, no 8)
  • Performers: Mikhail Svetlov (Tenor); Pavlina Dokovska (Piano)
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, USA (03/15/2009-03/17/2009)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1895-1896

>Balakirev, Mily : Hebrew Melody
  • Performers: Mikhail Svetlov (Tenor); Pavlina Dokovska (Piano)
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, USA (03/15/2009-03/17/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1859

>Borodin, Alexander : Septain
  • Performers: Mikhail Svetlov (Tenor); Pavlina Dokovska (Piano)
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, USA (03/15/2009-03/17/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1885

>Borodin, Alexander : The False Note (Fal'shivaya nota), song for voice & piano
  • Performers: Mikhail Svetlov (Tenor); Pavlina Dokovska (Piano)
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, USA (03/15/2009-03/17/2009)
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1868

>Borodin, Alexander : From my tears
  • Performers: Mikhail Svetlov (Tenor); Pavlina Dokovska (Piano)
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, USA (03/15/2009-03/17/2009)
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1870-1871

>Borodin, Alexander : Song of the dark forest
  • Performers: Mikhail Svetlov (Tenor); Pavlina Dokovska (Piano)
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, USA (03/15/2009-03/17/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1867-1868