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

Album Summary

>Lyatoshynsky, Boris : Romances (5), for bass & piano, Op. 5
>Lyatoshynsky, Boris : Four Romances to Verses by Shelley, Op. 14
>Lyatoshynsky, Boris : Ozymandiya (Ozymandias) Sonnet for voice & piano, Op. 15
>Lyatoshynsky, Boris : Romances (3), for voice & piano, Op. 6
>Lyatoshynsky, Boris : Four Romances to verses by Pushkin, Op. 27
>Lyatoshynsky, Boris : The Sun, for voice & piano
>Lyatoshynsky, Boris : Five Romances to Verses by I. Franko, Op. 31
>Lyatoshynsky, Boris : Two Romances to Verses by L. Pervomayskym Op. 32
>Lyatoshynsky, Boris : Romances (2) for voice & piano, Op. 57
>Lyatoshynsky, Boris : 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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>Lyatoshynsky, Boris : Romances (5), for bass & piano, Op. 5
  • Performers: Alexander Blok (Piano); Vassily Savenko (Bass Baritone)
  • Notes: The Academy of Choral Arts, Moscow (01/25/2009-01/28/2009)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1922

>Lyatoshynsky, Boris : Four Romances to Verses by Shelley, Op. 14 :: no 3. Good Night
  • 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. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1924

>Lyatoshynsky, Boris : 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

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

>Lyatoshynsky, Boris : Four Romances to verses by Pushkin, Op. 27 :: no 1. On the Hills of Georgia
  • 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. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1936

>Lyatoshynsky, Boris : Four Romances to verses by Pushkin, Op. 27 :: no 2. Three Springs
  • 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. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1936

>Lyatoshynsky, Boris : 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

>Lyatoshynsky, Boris : The Sun, for voice & piano
  • 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. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1940

>Lyatoshynsky, Boris : Five Romances to Verses by I. Franko, Op. 31 :: no 1. Your Eyes are like the Sea
  • 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. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1940

>Lyatoshynsky, Boris : Five Romances to Verses by I. Franko, Op. 31 :: no 3. Boundless Plain
  • 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. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1940

>Lyatoshynsky, Boris : Five Romances to Verses by I. Franko, Op. 31 :: no 4. Why do you never laugh?
  • 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. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1940

>Lyatoshynsky, Boris : Five Romances to Verses by I. Franko, Op. 31 :: no 5. Do not pass by so proudly, my child
  • 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. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1940

>Lyatoshynsky, Boris : 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

>Lyatoshynsky, Boris : Romances (2) for voice & piano, Op. 57
  • 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. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1951

>Lyatoshynsky, Boris : 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