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Shostakovich: Suite on Poems by Michelangelo; Liszt: Petrarca Sonnets / Dmitri Hvorostovsky, baritone; Ivari Ilja, piano

Album Summary

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Suite on Verses of Michelangelo, songs (11) for bass & piano, Op. 145 (orchestrated as Op 145a)
>Liszt, Franz : Sonetti di Petrarca (3), song cycle for voice & piano (I & II), S. 270 (LW N12)
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Notes & Reviews:

Dmitri Hvorostovsky's fourth release on Ondine features a program of rarely recorded sonnets by Dmitri Shostakovich and Franz Liszt. Hvorostovsky is accompanied by his longtime duo partner, the Estonian pianist Ivari Ilja. Shostakovich's sonnets, considered one of the achievements of contemporary Russian vocal music, were composed as his health worsened and are filled wtih ruminations on mortality. Liszt's sonnets are based on love poems by the Italian Renaissance write Petrarch. Both Hvorostovsky and Ilja brin great empathy to these compositions, matching the contemplative nature of both with quietly powerful and confident performances.

The Guardian, 12th November 2015
Hvorostovsky and Ilja capture the right degree of bleakness, anger and intensity. There is something of the iron fist in a velvet glove to Hvorostovsky's voice here, and that velvet thins just often enough to reveal the edge beneath. His baritone may now be a touch too craggy for Liszt's Petrarch Sonnets, but he and Ilja shape them stylishly.

BBC Music Magazine, March 2016
Hvorostovsky's baritone, still one of the great voices, can combine dark timbre with an emotional warmth to offset the granitic style; while pianist Ivari Ilja, although unable to mimic apocalyptic trumpets at the start of the flickering harp at the end, conjures up all the rest with austere commitment.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Moscow State Conservatory, Great Hall (09/01/2014-09/03/2014); Moscow State Conservatory, Great Hall (2012-07-11_2012-07-12&2012-).



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>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Suite on Verses of Michelangelo, songs (11) for bass & piano, Op. 145 (orchestrated as Op 145a)
  • Performers: Dmitri Hvorostovsky; Ivari Ilja (Piano)
  • Notes: Moscow State Conservatory, Great Hall (09/01/2014-09/03/2014); Moscow State Conservatory, Great Hall (2012-07-11_2012-07-12&2012-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1974

>Liszt, Franz : Sonetti di Petrarca (3), song cycle for voice & piano (I & II), S. 270 (LW N12)
  • Performers: Dmitri Hvorostovsky; Ivari Ilja (Piano)
  • Notes: Moscow State Conservatory, Great Hall (09/01/2014-09/03/2014); Moscow State Conservatory, Great Hall (2012-07-11_2012-07-12&2012-)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1843-1864