Russian Album - Rimsky-Korsakov, etc / Netrebko, Gergiev

Album Summary

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Iolanta, Op. 69
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : How Fair This Spot
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Ne poy, krasavitsa, pri mne (Do not sing to me, fair maiden), Op. 4/4
>Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai : Tale of Tsar Saltan
>Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai : Snow Maiden
>Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai : The Tsar's Bride
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Songs (6), Op. 38
>Glinka, Mikhail : A Life for the Tsar
>Prokofiev, Sergei : Symphonic Suite from 'War and Peace'
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Francesca da Rimini
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Eugen Onegin
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

2006 album from this Russian Opera singer who has stunned critics and audiences alike with her good looks and heart-stopping voice. Features Netrebko tackling some of Russia's most esteemed musical works from composers such as Prokofiev, Rimsky-Korsakov, Rachmaninov and more. Universal.

"Anna Netrebko is blessed with one of the most beautiful voices in the operatic world today and she has polished her technique to such an extent that she can carry through anything she wants to do. But this is only one prerequisite of becoming a good opera singer, albeit an important one. What makes her stand out is her ability to catch the various moods of her arias and create a believable character. To start from the beginning of the recital she opens Iolanta's arioso with a frail, thin voice, inward, filled with sorrow, but gradually it grows in intensity to the full voice which is thrillingly vibrant. A detailed portrait!... The excellence of Gergiev's conducting is not limited to the Eugene Onegin excerpt; he supports his soprano to perfection all through the recital and the Mariinsky forces are of course in their element. There are full texts and translations and a good essay by Andrew Huth and the booklet is adorned with some nice photos of Anna Netrebko and Valery Gergiev.there are musical riches aplenty and once heard these arias will be friends for life - especially in Anna Netrebko's readings My advice is: Place your orders!" -MusicWeb International

Gramophone Magazine
Anna Netrebko frames her recital with the two great heroines of Russian 19th- and 20th- century opera: Tatyana in Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin and Natasha in Prokofiev's War and Peace. ... Netrebko gives the characters' contrasted moods of anxiety, Natasha full of foreboding, Tatyana bursting with youthful hope. Her soft singing is exquisite and there is none of the edginess in the voice that can sometimes mar Slavonic sopranos. The songs by Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky are heard in rather overblown orchestral arrangements, but Netrebko sings them all with ravishing tone. The Mariinsky Orchestra and Gergiev are, of course, in their element, and the recording, especially the balance between voice and orchestra, is fine throughout. This is the best disc Netrebko has made so far and should make many new friends for Russian opera.

Notes & Reviews:

Recorded with mentor Valery Gergiev and the Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre, The Russian Album is a heartfelt tribute to soprano Anna Netrebko's homeland's classical music legacy. The 2006 release features interpretations of classic pieces by legendary Russian composers Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov, as well as lesser-known works from the likes of Rimsky-Korsakov and Mikhail Glinka. ~ Jon O'Brien



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Works Details

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Iolanta, Op. 69 :: Arioso no 1
  • Performer: Anna Netrebko (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Valery Gergiev
  • Ensemble: Mariinsky Theater Orchestra, St. Petersburg
  • Running Time: 2 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1891

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : How Fair This Spot
  • Performer: Anna Netrebko (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Valery Gergiev
  • Ensemble: Mariinsky Theater Orchestra, St. Petersburg
  • Running Time: 2 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1902

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Ne poy, krasavitsa, pri mne (Do not sing to me, fair maiden), Op. 4/4
  • Performer: Anna Netrebko (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Valery Gergiev
  • Ensemble: Mariinsky Theater Orchestra, St. Petersburg
  • Notes: Composition written: 1890-93.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1890-1893

>Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai : Tale of Tsar Saltan :: Act 4. Aria
  • Performer: Anna Netrebko (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Valery Gergiev
  • Ensemble: Mariinsky Theater Orchestra, St. Petersburg
  • Running Time: 3 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1900-1901

>Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai : Snow Maiden :: Prologue. S
  • Performers: Ilya Bannik (Bass); Zlata Bulycheva (Mezzo Soprano); Anna Netrebko (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Valery Gergiev
  • Ensemble: Mariinsky Theater Orchestra, St. Petersburg
  • Running Time: 4 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1895

>Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai : Snow Maiden :: Act 4. Fina
  • Performers: Dmitry Voropaev (Tenor); Alexandr Morozov (Baritone); Anna Netrebko (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Valery Gergiev
  • Ensemble: Mariinsky Theater Chorus, St. Petersburg
  • Running Time: 5 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1895

>Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai : The Tsar's Bride :: Act 4. Scene and Aria
  • Performer: Anna Netrebko (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Valery Gergiev
  • Ensemble: Mariinsky Theater Orchestra, St. Petersburg
  • Running Time: 5 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1898

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Songs (6), Op. 38
  • Performer: Anna Netrebko (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Valery Gergiev
  • Ensemble: Mariinsky Theater Orchestra, St. Petersburg
  • Running Time: 2 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1878

>Glinka, Mikhail : A Life for the Tsar :: Act 1. Cavatina and Rondo
  • Performer: Anna Netrebko (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Valery Gergiev
  • Ensemble: Mariinsky Theater Orchestra, St. Petersburg
  • Running Time: 6 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1834-1836

>Prokofiev, Sergei : Symphonic Suite from 'War and Peace' :: Scene IV. Excerpt
  • Performers: Zlata Bulycheva (Mezzo Soprano); Dmitry Voropaev (Tenor); Alexandr Morozov (Baritone); Anna Netrebko (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Valery Gergiev
  • Ensemble: Mariinsky Theater Orchestra, St. Petersburg
  • Notes: Composition written: 1941-43.
  • Running Time: 8 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1941-1943

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Francesca da Rimini :: Tableau II. Excerpt
  • Performer: Anna Netrebko (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Valery Gergiev
  • Ensemble: Mariinsky Theater Orchestra, St. Petersburg
  • Notes: Composition written: 1900-05.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1900-1905

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Eugen Onegin :: Act 1. Letter Scene
  • Performer: Anna Netrebko (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Valery Gergiev
  • Ensemble: Mariinsky Theater Orchestra, St. Petersburg
  • Running Time: 13 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1877-1878