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Debut - Grieg, Mahler, Etc / Pogossov, Martineau


Release Date: 01/16/2007 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 59635   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Christoph W. GluckPeter Ilyich TchaikovskyMaury YestonEdvard Grieg,   ... 
Performer:  Rodion PogossovMalcolm Martineau
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 0 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

EMI’s “Debut” series has been instrumental in launching several young singers and artists on the threshold of international careers. One need only remember Katarina Karnéus, Jonathan Lemalu and German cellist Daniel Müller-Schott who today belong to the top of the trade. Listening to this recital by this young Moscow-born singer I feel pretty sure that here is another artist destined for great things.

His choice of repertoire is catholic, covering the baroque, classics and the musical, while the core of the recital draws on songs from the central Romantic period. This also gives Pogossov opportunities to show his linguistic prowess, singing in Italian, German, English and native Russian, even opening the recital
Read more with Henrik Ibsen’s Med en vandlilje (With a Water Lily) in perfectly acceptable Norwegian, a feat that very few non-Scandinavians manage. There is the odd un-idiomatic vowel sound, but these are exceptions. His open vocal production and clear enunciation also contribute to the overall good impression.

Pogossov is a true high baritone, with a voice that is and has a wonderfully smooth half-voice and ringing top notes. The closest comparison I can think of is Ingvar Wixell, especially as he sounded in the 1950s and 1960s before his international breakthrough. The timbre is very similar and there is that quick vibrato that some critics call grittiness. I mention it only to give some idea about what he sounds like. I have always thought that Wixell mastered his voice excellently and that little grit in the tone only made him easily recognisable. Pogossov has a natural way with phrases – he always gives the impression of going somewhere. It is also a powerful voice but is used with wonderful discrimination. What impresses most is his seamless shading of nuance. The last of the Grieg group, Ein Traum (tr. 5) perfectly shows his capabilities. It has hard to imagine more expressive Lieder singing.

His singing of Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky is beyond reproach and, as I have remarked on several occasions, singing in one’s mother tongue has a tendency to liberate the voice from tensions, bringing forth an innate natural beauty. Domingo singing in Spanish, Björling in Swedish, Kiri Te Kanawa in Maori are good examples. In the mysterious silence of the night (tr. 8), one of the finest songs in Russian, has all the best characteristics of a great Lieder artist, making Pogossov probably the best Russian baritone to appear since Hvorostovsky hit the headlines more than fifteen years ago.

Gluck’s O del mio dolce ardour (tr. 11), often sung with ponderous reverence, is here swift without being hurried. It may be more romantically expressive than classically balanced but with exquisite shadings.

There is also a youthful freshness to the Mahler cycle, again eagerly forward-moving. He is noticeably faster than Thomas Hampson’s comparable recording with piano on Teldec, beating him by 45 seconds in the first song. He shows his smooth half-voice to good effect in Ging heut’ Morgen and is properly dramatic in Ich hab’ ein glühend Messer, singing with biting intensity. In the inward final song Die zwei blauen Augen he is almost as moving as the aging Heinrich Schlusnus in his legendary DG recording. The Caldara aria shows his superb breath control and the four Tchaikovsky songs promise a future Eugene Onegin – the biography tells us that he has already been singing Yeletsky in The Queen of Spades. Especially impressive is Again, as before, alone (tr. 18), one of the composer’s last works, completed just before the Pathétique. He is also a demonic Don Juan in the burlesque serenade. The song from Nine is a fitting encore, sung with disarming simplicity.

With the ever-reliable Malcolm Martineau at the piano we can rest assured that not a nuance in the accompaniment is missed. In fact, the only thing I miss about this issue is the sung texts. They are on the other hand available on the EMI Classics website.

It is always thrilling to hear a young singer still on his way up and with as yet not a scratch on his vocal cords. I am already looking forward to hearing him again. I wouldn’t in the least be surprised if Rodion Pogossov becomes one of the most sought after baritones during the next two decades.

-- Göran Forsling, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Paride ed Elena: O del mio dolce ardor by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Rodion Pogossov (Baritone), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1770; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk, England (02/16/2006 - 02/21/2006) 
2.
Songs (6), Op. 28: no 6, The fearful minute by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Rodion Pogossov (Baritone), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875; Russia 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk, England (02/16/2006 - 02/21/2006) 
3.
Songs (6), Op. 73: no 6, Again, as before, alone by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Rodion Pogossov (Baritone), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Russia 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk, England (02/16/2006 - 02/21/2006) 
4.
Songs (6), Op. 38: no 1, Don Juan's serenade by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Malcolm Martineau (Piano), Rodion Pogossov (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Russia 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk, England (02/16/2006 - 02/21/2006) 
5.
Songs (6), Op. 57: no 2, On the golden cornfields by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Malcolm Martineau (Piano), Rodion Pogossov (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884; Russia 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk, England (02/16/2006 - 02/21/2006) 
6.
Nine: Unusual Way by Maury Yeston
Performer:  Rodion Pogossov (Baritone), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1982; USA 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk, England (02/16/2006 - 02/21/2006) 
7.
Songs (6), Op. 25: no 4, With a waterlily by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Rodion Pogossov (Baritone), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; Norway 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Language: Norwegian 
Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk, England (02/16/2006 - 02/21/2006) 
8.
Songs (6), Op. 48: no 2, Dereinst, Gedanke mein by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Rodion Pogossov (Baritone), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; Norway 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk, England (02/16/2006 - 02/21/2006) 
9.
Songs (6), Op. 48: no 4, Die verschwiegene Nachtigall by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Malcolm Martineau (Piano), Rodion Pogossov (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; Norway 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk, England (02/16/2006 - 02/21/2006) 
10.
Songs (6), Op. 48: no 5, Zur Rosenzeit by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Malcolm Martineau (Piano), Rodion Pogossov (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; Norway 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk, England (02/16/2006 - 02/21/2006) 
11.
Songs (6), Op. 48: no 6, Ein Traum by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Rodion Pogossov (Baritone), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; Norway 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk, England (02/16/2006 - 02/21/2006) 
12.
Songs (6), Op. 4: no 1, Oh no, I beg you, forsake me not by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Rodion Pogossov (Baritone), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Russia 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk, England (02/16/2006 - 02/21/2006) 
13.
Songs (6), Op. 4: no 3, In the silence of the night by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Malcolm Martineau (Piano), Rodion Pogossov (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; Russia 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk, England (02/16/2006 - 02/21/2006) 
14.
Songs (12), Op. 14: no 4, I was with her by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Rodion Pogossov (Baritone), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Russia 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk, England (02/16/2006 - 02/21/2006) 
15.
Songs (15), Op. 26: no 4, Two partings by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Rodion Pogossov (Baritone), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1906; Russia 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk, England (02/16/2006 - 02/21/2006) 
16.
Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen: no 1, Wenn mein Schatz Hochzeit macht by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Malcolm Martineau (Piano), Rodion Pogossov (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883-1896; Germany 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk, England (02/16/2006 - 02/21/2006) 
17.
Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen: no 2, Ging heut' morgens übers Feld by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Rodion Pogossov (Baritone), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883-1896; Germany 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk, England (02/16/2006 - 02/21/2006) 
18.
Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen: no 3, Ich hab' ein glühend Messer by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Rodion Pogossov (Baritone), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883-1896; Germany 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk, England (02/16/2006 - 02/21/2006) 
19.
Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen: no 4, Die zwei blauen Augen by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Rodion Pogossov (Baritone), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883-1896; Germany 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk, England (02/16/2006 - 02/21/2006) 
20.
La costanza in amor vince l'inganno: Come raggio di sol by Antonio Caldara
Performer:  Malcolm Martineau (Piano), Rodion Pogossov (Baritone)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1711; Italy 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk, England (02/16/2006 - 02/21/2006) 
21.
Alessandro vincitor di se stesso: Si mantiene il mio amor by Pietro Antonio Cesti
Performer:  Malcolm Martineau (Piano), Rodion Pogossov (Baritone)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1651; Italy 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Arranger: John Glenn Paton.
Potton Hall, Suffolk, England (02/16/2006 - 02/21/2006) 

Sound Samples

6 Songs Op. 25: With a waterlily (Med en vandlije)
6 Songs Op. 48: Dereinst, Gedanke mein (One day, O Heart of Mine)
6 Songs Op. 48: The Nightingale's secret (Die verschwiegene Nachtigall)
6 Songs Op. 48: The time of roses (Zur Rosenzeit)
6 Songs Op. 48: Ein Traum (A dream )
Si mantiene il mio amor (realisation by John Glenn Paton)
Six Songs Op. 4: O niet molyu ni ukhodi
Six Songs Op. 4: V molchanyi nochi taynoy
21 Songs: Ja byl u nei Op.14 No.4
21 Songs: Prokhodit vse Op.26 No.15
O del mio dolce ardor (Paride ed Elena)
Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen: I: Wenn mein Schatz Hochzeit macht
Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen: II: Gieng heut' Morgen übers Feld
Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen: III: Ich hab' ein glühend Messer
Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen: IV: Die zwei blauen Augen
Come raggio di sol
6 Songs Op. 28: Strashnaya minuta no. 6
6 Songs Op. 73: Kak prezhde odin no. 6
6 Songs Op. 38: Don Juan's Serenade
Na nivi jeltie Op. 57 No. 2
Nine: Unusual Way

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