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In This Moonlit Night: Lieder by Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky & Taneyev / Dmitri Hvorostovsky, baritone; Ivari Ilja, piano

Album Summary

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Songs (6) for voice & piano, Op. 73
>Mussorgsky, Modest : Songs & Dances of Death (Pesni y plyaski smerti; 4), song cycle for voice & piano, edited by Rimsky-
>Taneyev, Sergei : Lyudi spyat (All Sleep), romance for voice & piano, Op. 17/10
>Taneyev, Sergei : Minuet, for voice & piano, Op. 26/9
>Taneyev, Sergei : Ne veter veja s vysoty (Not the wind from on high), for voice & piano, Op. 17/5
>Taneyev, Sergei : Winter Journey (Zimni put'), for voice & piano, Op. 32/4
>Taneyev, Sergei : Romance, Op. 26/6 "Stalaktitï"
>Taneyev, Sergei : B'jotsja serdce bespokojnoje (Anxiously beats the heart), for voice & piano, Op. 17/9
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Notes & Reviews:

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.

Mark Pullinger, Opera Britannia, 27th January 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.

BBC Music Magazine, April 2013
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.

Gramophone 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.

American Record Guide, May/June 2013
The sound is excellent; transliterated texts and translations are supplied. This is quite an interesting recital, and anyone interested in Russian song should find it rewarding.

MusicWeb International, 10th July 2013
Hvorostovsky has retained his magnificent dark-tinted baritone in wonderful shape.... It could also be argued that his interpretations are even deeper than before but again this is marginal - he was a deep-probing singer also in his relative youth...A disc not only for lovers of Russian music.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Moscow State Conservatory, Great Hall (07/13/2011-07/24/2011).



Reviews

Russian song enthusiasts, this is for you
Dmitri Hvorostovsky is quite simply one of the most amazing baritones performing today. In this recording of lieder by Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, and Taneyev he demonstrates not only his ability to deliver strong, powerful vocals, but sensitivity as well – he inhabits the pieces and the music just burns out of him as if it simply cannot be contained. And in the case of the Tchaikovsky works (Six Songs, Op. 73), this is quite apt indeed.

For those unfamiliar with Mussorgsky’s “Songs and Dances of Death”, the music is very demanding and full of energy, while at the same time possessing a somber, hard edge that is so very Russian it is inescapable. This is not “pretty music”, but if all you know of Mussorgsky is “Pictures at an Exhibition” then you owe it to yourself to hear these pieces. There is truth and a sense of forlorn expectation here that is palpable, and Mr. Hvorostovsky does amazing work here.

My favorites were the pieces from Taneyev, particularly “Not the wind from on high” – here Mr. Hvorostovsky shows the more sensitive and introspective side of his interpretive abilities, which in some ways is even more powerful that when he lets loose at full power. These six pieces were worth the price of the CD, and will certainly have a frequent place on my music playlist.

I must also compliment Ivari Ilja’s piano playing. Accompanying someone with as much presence and commitment as Mr. Hvorostovsky is daunting to say the least, but he really holds his own and provides a melodic base that certainly must have given Dmitri a sense of having a strong partner to make this music with. If you like Russian vocal music (sung in Russian, of course) and are open to the emotions present therein, then you will enjoy thoroughly enjoy this recording. Strongly recommended.

Submitted on 02/18/13 by KlingonOpera 
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Works Details

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Songs (6) for voice & piano, Op. 73
  • Performers: Ivari Ilja (Piano); Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone)
  • Notes: Moscow State Conservatory, Great Hall (07/13/2011-07/24/2011)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1893

>Mussorgsky, Modest : Songs & Dances of Death (Pesni y plyaski smerti; 4), song cycle for voice & piano, edited by Rimsky-
  • Performers: Ivari Ilja (Piano); Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone)
  • Notes: Moscow State Conservatory, Great Hall (07/13/2011-07/24/2011)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1875-1877

>Taneyev, Sergei : Lyudi spyat (All Sleep), romance for voice & piano, Op. 17/10
  • Performers: Ivari Ilja (Piano); Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone)
  • Notes: Moscow State Conservatory, Great Hall (07/13/2011-07/24/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Taneyev, Sergei : Minuet, for voice & piano, Op. 26/9
  • Performers: Ivari Ilja (Piano); Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone)
  • Notes: Moscow State Conservatory, Great Hall (07/13/2011-07/24/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Taneyev, Sergei : Ne veter veja s vysoty (Not the wind from on high), for voice & piano, Op. 17/5
  • Performers: Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone); Ivari Ilja (Piano)
  • Notes: Moscow State Conservatory, Great Hall (07/13/2011-07/24/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal

>Taneyev, Sergei : Winter Journey (Zimni put'), for voice & piano, Op. 32/4
  • Performers: Ivari Ilja (Piano); Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone)
  • Notes: Moscow State Conservatory, Great Hall (07/13/2011-07/24/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Taneyev, Sergei : Romance, Op. 26/6 "Stalaktitï"
  • Performers: Ivari Ilja (Piano); Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone)
  • Notes: Moscow State Conservatory, Great Hall (07/13/2011-07/24/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1908

>Taneyev, Sergei : B'jotsja serdce bespokojnoje (Anxiously beats the heart), for voice & piano, Op. 17/9
  • Performers: Ivari Ilja (Piano); Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone)
  • Notes: Moscow State Conservatory, Great Hall (07/13/2011-07/24/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal