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Power Players: Russian Arias for Bass / Ildar Abdrazakov, bass

Album Summary

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Aleko
>Glinka, Mikhail : Ruslan & Ludmila
>Borodin, Alexander : Prince Igor
>Mussorgsky, Modest : Boris Godunov
>Rubinstein, Anton : The Demon
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Eugene Onegin
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Iolanthe
>Glinka, Mikhail : A Life for the Tsar
>Prokofiev, Sergey : War and Peace
>Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai : Sadko
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

  • Distinguished Russian bass Ildar Abdrazakov's first recording of arias from his homeland's operatic tradition
  • Riveting renditions of arias by Glinka, Borodin, Mussorgsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Rubinstein, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff and Prokofiev
  • Inspired collaboration by Maestro Constantine Orbelian leading the Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra (Lithuania) and the Kaunas State Choir
  • 'Ildar Abdrazakov has just about everything - imposing sound, beautiful legato...' - The Independent

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Kaunas Philharmonic, Kaunas, Lithuania (05/09/2013-05/13/2013).



Reviews

Becoming a power player
There are not a lot of solo recitals on record by basses, so this debut disc by one of the up-and-comers is especially welcome. Ildar Abdrazakov has been singing at the Metropolitan Opera and other major houses for ten years already, in roles ranging from the Italian bel canto through the twentieth century stuff; here he turns his talent to his “own” Russian music. The voice still sounds more like a baritone, with a nice bright top--tossing off high notes to end the two RUSSLAN arias--and less splendid at the bottom. Not yet 40, he will grow into these roles even more. Meanwhile, he displays excellent breath control and dynamic range from soft asides through ringing and wobble-free fortes. The chorus joins in to cap the album with the Coronation Scene from BORIS GODUNOV. (Alas, the “church bells” are dreadfully thin, although the orchestra otherwise provides fine support.) Much of the repertoire here will be unfamiliar to the casual opera listener, but texts and translations are included.
Submitted on 02/16/14 by Jim D. 
Outstanding collection of Arias for Bass
This disc consists of 12 different arias for bass -- and not just “normal” bass, but powerful and sensitive bass! Mr. Abdrazakov delivers all of the power and sensitivity expected of a truly captivating Russian aria performance, and it is a treat to experience.

Particularly noteworthy are the arias from Ruslan & Ludmila, Borodin’s Prince Igor, as well as Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. But the Viking Song from Rimsky-Korsakov’s Sadko is just spell-binding. The orchestra sounds *fantastic*, and Mr. Abdrazakov has the raw power and grace to deliver every nuance in captivating fashion. This disc is worth owning just for this track.

The liner notes give interesting background material on Mr. Abdrazakov as well as Conductor Constantine Orbelian (who does an absolutely fabulous job with a very talented Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra), and also provide Russian to English translations of each work. If you like Russian Opera, then this is definitely a recording that you need to have in your collection. And if you don’t know whether you do or not, get it anyway and listen to the tracks I indicated above. You won’t be sorry.


Submitted on 05/13/14 by KlingonOpera 
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Works Details

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Aleko :: "Ves tabor spit"
  • Performer: Ildar Abdrazakov (Bass)
  • Conductor: Constantine Orbelian
  • Ensemble: Kaunas State Choir
  • Notes: Kaunas Philharmonic, Kaunas, Lithuania (05/09/2013-05/13/2013)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1892

>Glinka, Mikhail : Ruslan & Ludmila :: "Farlaf 's Rondo"
  • Performer: Ildar Abdrazakov (Bass)
  • Conductor: Constantine Orbelian
  • Notes: Kaunas Philharmonic, Kaunas, Lithuania (05/09/2013-05/13/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1837-1842

>Glinka, Mikhail : Ruslan & Ludmila :: "O pole, pole"
  • Performer: Ildar Abdrazakov (Bass)
  • Conductor: Constantine Orbelian
  • Notes: Kaunas Philharmonic, Kaunas, Lithuania (05/09/2013-05/13/2013)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1837-1842

>Borodin, Alexander : Prince Igor :: "Ne sna ne otdykha"
  • Performer: Ildar Abdrazakov (Bass)
  • Conductor: Constantine Orbelian
  • Notes: Kaunas Philharmonic, Kaunas, Lithuania (05/09/2013-05/13/2013)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1869-1887

>Mussorgsky, Modest : Boris Godunov :: "Kak vo gorode bylo vo Kazani"
  • Performer: Ildar Abdrazakov (Bass)
  • Conductor: Constantine Orbelian
  • Notes: Kaunas Philharmonic, Kaunas, Lithuania (05/09/2013-05/13/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1868-1874

>Rubinstein, Anton : The Demon :: "Na Vozdushnom Okeane"
  • Performer: Ildar Abdrazakov (Bass)
  • Conductor: Constantine Orbelian
  • Notes: Kaunas Philharmonic, Kaunas, Lithuania (05/09/2013-05/13/2013)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1871

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Eugene Onegin :: "Liubvi vsem vozrasty pokorny"
  • Performer: Ildar Abdrazakov (Bass)
  • Conductor: Constantine Orbelian
  • Notes: Kaunas Philharmonic, Kaunas, Lithuania (05/09/2013-05/13/2013)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1877-1878

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Iolanthe :: "Gospod moi, yesli greshin ya"
  • Performer: Ildar Abdrazakov (Bass)
  • Conductor: Constantine Orbelian
  • Notes: Kaunas Philharmonic, Kaunas, Lithuania (05/09/2013-05/13/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1891

>Glinka, Mikhail : A Life for the Tsar :: Chuyut pravdu"
  • Performer: Ildar Abdrazakov (Bass)
  • Conductor: Constantine Orbelian
  • Notes: Kaunas Philharmonic, Kaunas, Lithuania (05/09/2013-05/13/2013)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1834-1836

>Prokofiev, Sergey : War and Peace :: "Velichavaya v solnechnykh luchakh"
  • Performer: Ildar Abdrazakov (Bass)
  • Conductor: Constantine Orbelian
  • Notes: Kaunas Philharmonic, Kaunas, Lithuania (05/09/2013-05/13/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1941-1943

>Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai : Sadko :: "Viking Song"
  • Performer: Ildar Abdrazakov (Bass)
  • Conductor: Constantine Orbelian
  • Notes: Kaunas Philharmonic, Kaunas, Lithuania (05/09/2013-05/13/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1895-1896

>Mussorgsky, Modest : Boris Godunov :: "Coronation Scene"
  • Performer: Ildar Abdrazakov (Bass)
  • Conductor: Constantine Orbelian
  • Notes: Kaunas Philharmonic, Kaunas, Lithuania (05/09/2013-05/13/2013)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1868-1874