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Boris Lyatoshynsky (1896-1968): Ozymandias and Other Romances for Low Voice and Piano / Vassily Savenko, bass; Alexander Blok, piano

Audio Samples

>Lyatos, Boris Mikolayovich : Romances (5), for bass & piano, Op. 5
>Lyatos, Boris Mikolayovich : Four Romances to Verses by Shelley, Op. 14
>     no 3. Good Night
>Lyatos, Boris Mikolayovich : Ozymandiya (Ozymandias) Sonnet for voice & piano, Op. 15
>Lyatos, Boris Mikolayovich : Romances (3), for voice & piano, Op. 6
>Lyatos, Boris Mikolayovich : Four Romances to verses by Pushkin, Op. 27
>     no 1. On the Hills of Georgia
>     no 2. Three Springs
>     no 3. There on the Shore
>Lyatos, Boris Mikolayovich : The Sun, for voice & piano
>Lyatos, Boris Mikolayovich : Five Romances to Verses by I. Franko, Op. 31
>     no 1. Your Eyes are like the Sea
>     no 3. Boundless Plain
>     no 4. Why do you never laugh?
>     no 5. Do not pass by so proudly, my child
>Lyatos, Boris Mikolayovich : Two Romances to Verses by L. Pervomayskym Op. 32
>     no 2. Recurring Dreams
>Lyatos, Boris Mikolayovich : Romances (2) for voice & piano, Op. 57
>Lyatos, Boris Mikolayovich : Songs, Op 37

Album Summary

>Lyatos, Boris Mikolayovich : Romances (5), for bass & piano, Op. 5
>Lyatos, Boris Mikolayovich : Four Romances to Verses by Shelley, Op. 14
>Lyatos, Boris Mikolayovich : Ozymandiya (Ozymandias) Sonnet for voice & piano, Op. 15
>Lyatos, Boris Mikolayovich : Romances (3), for voice & piano, Op. 6
>Lyatos, Boris Mikolayovich : Four Romances to verses by Pushkin, Op. 27
>Lyatos, Boris Mikolayovich : The Sun, for voice & piano
>Lyatos, Boris Mikolayovich : Five Romances to Verses by I. Franko, Op. 31
>Lyatos, Boris Mikolayovich : Two Romances to Verses by L. Pervomayskym Op. 32
>Lyatos, Boris Mikolayovich : Romances (2) for voice & piano, Op. 57
>Lyatos, Boris Mikolayovich : Songs, Op 37
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The music of the Ukrainian composer Boris Lyatoshynsky (1895 - 1968) is familiar in his home country but sorely neglected abroad. Lyatoshynsky's songs are neglected even there: this anthology of his best romantsiy for low voice and piano contains many first recordings. The songs meld intense Scriabinesque expressionism with elements of Ukrainian folksong in a language that embraces both the lyrical and the dramatic. His setting of Shelley's Ozymandias, with its warning of the impermanence of power, was a brave act in the Soviet Union of 1924. The booklet contains full sung texts, with English translations by Russian-music expert Anthony Phillips, who also provides an extensive introduction to Lyatoshynsky, his songs and his artistic milieu.

American Record Guide, September/October 2013
Ukrainian composer Boris Liatoshinsky (1895- 1968) studied with Gliere at the Kiev Conservatory and then became a life-long member of that faculty. The performances here are broodingly powerful. Savenko's lyric bass is a good fit for these songs, written specifically for bass (or low voice). With smooth legato singing and well applied dynamics, his performance gives full expression to their mournful nature. Informative notes by Anthony Phillips. Texts in Cyrillic with English translation.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: The Academy of Choral Arts, Moscow (01/25/2009-01/28/2009).



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>Lyatos, Boris Mikolayovich : Romances (5), for bass & piano, Op. 5
  • Performers: Vassily Savenko (Bass Baritone); Alexander Blok (Piano)
  • Notes: The Academy of Choral Arts, Moscow (01/25/2009-01/28/2009)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1922

>Lyatos, Boris Mikolayovich : Four Romances to Verses by Shelley, Op. 14 :: no 3. Good Night
  • Performers: Vassily Savenko (Bass Baritone); Alexander Blok (Piano)
  • Notes: The Academy of Choral Arts, Moscow (01/25/2009-01/28/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1924

>Lyatos, Boris Mikolayovich : Ozymandiya (Ozymandias) Sonnet for voice & piano, Op. 15
  • Performers: Alexander Blok (Piano); Vassily Savenko (Bass Baritone)
  • Notes: The Academy of Choral Arts, Moscow (01/25/2009-01/28/2009)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Lyatos, Boris Mikolayovich : Romances (3), for voice & piano, Op. 6
  • Performers: Vassily Savenko (Bass Baritone); Alexander Blok (Piano)
  • Notes: The Academy of Choral Arts, Moscow (01/25/2009-01/28/2009)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1922

>Lyatos, Boris Mikolayovich : Four Romances to verses by Pushkin, Op. 27 :: no 1. On the Hills of Georgia
  • Performers: Vassily Savenko (Bass Baritone); Alexander Blok (Piano)
  • Notes: The Academy of Choral Arts, Moscow (01/25/2009-01/28/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1936

>Lyatos, Boris Mikolayovich : Four Romances to verses by Pushkin, Op. 27 :: no 2. Three Springs
  • Performers: Vassily Savenko (Bass Baritone); Alexander Blok (Piano)
  • Notes: The Academy of Choral Arts, Moscow (01/25/2009-01/28/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1936

>Lyatos, Boris Mikolayovich : Four Romances to verses by Pushkin, Op. 27 :: no 3. There on the Shore
  • Performers: Alexander Blok (Piano); Vassily Savenko (Bass Baritone)
  • Notes: The Academy of Choral Arts, Moscow (01/25/2009-01/28/2009)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1936

>Lyatos, Boris Mikolayovich : The Sun, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Vassily Savenko (Bass Baritone); Alexander Blok (Piano)
  • Notes: The Academy of Choral Arts, Moscow (01/25/2009-01/28/2009)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1940

>Lyatos, Boris Mikolayovich : Five Romances to Verses by I. Franko, Op. 31 :: no 1. Your Eyes are like the Sea
  • Performers: Vassily Savenko (Bass Baritone); Alexander Blok (Piano)
  • Notes: The Academy of Choral Arts, Moscow (01/25/2009-01/28/2009)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1940

>Lyatos, Boris Mikolayovich : Five Romances to Verses by I. Franko, Op. 31 :: no 3. Boundless Plain
  • Performers: Vassily Savenko (Bass Baritone); Alexander Blok (Piano)
  • Notes: The Academy of Choral Arts, Moscow (01/25/2009-01/28/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1940

>Lyatos, Boris Mikolayovich : Five Romances to Verses by I. Franko, Op. 31 :: no 4. Why do you never laugh?
  • Performers: Vassily Savenko (Bass Baritone); Alexander Blok (Piano)
  • Notes: The Academy of Choral Arts, Moscow (01/25/2009-01/28/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1940

>Lyatos, Boris Mikolayovich : Five Romances to Verses by I. Franko, Op. 31 :: no 5. Do not pass by so proudly, my child
  • Performers: Vassily Savenko (Bass Baritone); Alexander Blok (Piano)
  • Notes: The Academy of Choral Arts, Moscow (01/25/2009-01/28/2009)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1940

>Lyatos, Boris Mikolayovich : Two Romances to Verses by L. Pervomayskym Op. 32 :: no 2. Recurring Dreams
  • Performers: Alexander Blok (Piano); Vassily Savenko (Bass Baritone)
  • Notes: The Academy of Choral Arts, Moscow (01/25/2009-01/28/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1940

>Lyatos, Boris Mikolayovich : Romances (2) for voice & piano, Op. 57
  • Performers: Vassily Savenko (Bass Baritone); Alexander Blok (Piano)
  • Notes: The Academy of Choral Arts, Moscow (01/25/2009-01/28/2009)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1951

>Lyatos, Boris Mikolayovich : Songs, Op 37
  • Performers: Alexander Blok (Piano); Vassily Savenko (Bass Baritone)
  • Notes: The Academy of Choral Arts, Moscow (01/25/2009-01/28/2009)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern