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I Met You, My Love / Dmitri Hvorostovsky


Release Date: 07/30/2002 
Label:  Delos   Catalog #: 3293   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  AnonymousA. ShishkinP. GermanNikolai Listov,   ... 
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky
Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Style of FiveMoscow Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The folk and popular strands of this music are served in this recording by a polished folk quintet, Style of Five, comprised of bayan, balalaika, two domras, and synthesizer...Hvorostovsky is an ideal guide to this repertoire.

This collection, titled “I Met You, My Love,” after the first song on the disk, delivers several specimens of 19th-century popular Russian “Romance,” sung glowingly and without a trace of condescension by Dmitri Hvorostovsky. This singer has single-handedly been bringing whole chunks of Russian repertoire to the attention of Western ears, and seems only to be getting better with age. His large, darkly textured baritone only occasionally flashes a rough edge, and his always-impressive breath
Read more control allows him to uncover unsuspected emotional depths with model phrasing. Many of the romances included here form the bedrock of the Russian song tradition, which differs from Western Lieder and art song in that it is grounded both in a popular taste for convention and the grandiloquent gestures of the opera house, rather than in literary and intellectual values. Emphasizing lyrical and sentimental values, it relies on a handful of conventions: strophic structure, lilting triple-meter dance rhythms, and reliably heart-on-the-sleeve melancholy. Yet, acquaintance with this body of music, as intensely familiar in Russia as it is unfamiliar just about everywhere else, enriches our understanding of the vocal music of Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, and indeed any composer born in Tsarist Russia, for the forms of the genre are the basis of a distinctively Russian lyric voice.

The folk and popular strands of this music are served in this recording by a polished folk quintet, Style of Five, comprised of bayan, balalaika, two domras, and synthesizer. The arrangements, by synthesizer player Evgeny Stetsyuk, efficiently combine these timbres with full orchestra, with some elegantly judged details of string tremolo and shifting scoring to maintain interest across the strophic repetitions of these largely strophic songs. The lusher treatments come close to kitsch, but as that is also the nature of the genre, it is preferable to fussiness.

While listeners are likely to recognize a handful of the poets behind the texts—Lermontov, Mey, Turgenev, Pushkin—the composers will be entirely obscure. Two are in fact anonymous, including the author of the title song and At That Fateful Hour. These two songs encapsulate the basic temperaments between which the album fluctuates, ruminative melancholy in the first case, a lilting waltz song in the second. Two other composers are multiply represented, and these, too, fairly divide the expressive range of the genre. A product of a St. Petersburg theatrical family, Piotr Bulakhov (1822–1885) contributes five songs, each of which gracefully weaves soaring, melancholic lines into a show-stopping lyric climax. The final song of the set, Shine, Shine My Star, combines death imagery with a surprising sense of sweep, all in a conventional strophic setting that shifts the onus of expression to its long and, in this case, memorable melodic turns. The three songs by Alexander Guriliov (1803–1858), a serf and a student of John Field, offer a complete contrast, largely avoiding the darker tones of his younger colleague. Both his Coachman’s Song and The Lonely Coach Bell Rings are cliché-ridden character pieces, the first a predictably rousing acceleration song. Here, the strongest example of Guriliov’s work is You Cannot Understand, which generates an operatic intensity behind the repetitions of its title refrain.

Hvorostovsky is an ideal guide to this repertoire, and Dorian’s engineers capture the generous acoustics of the Great Hall of Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Conservatory in fine, natural detail. Recommended.

- Christopher Williams, Fanfare, Issue: 26:4 (March/April 2003)

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If you can get past the heart-stopping voice, the head-turning looks, and the 18th century elegance, you?ll notice romantic spirit that fires everything baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky sings, from Figaro to folk songs. I Met You, My Love is an unabashed show of musical libido: a collection of Russian romances sung with the patented Hvorostovsky gusto, and accompanied by the Moscow Chamber Orchestra; the Style of Five Russian folk ensemble adds the color, crossover-style, with balalaika, accordion and domra. The end result sounds, surprisingly, an awful lot like Hvorostovsky's recent alliance with Neapolitan songs.

I Met You, My Love is neither complicated nor subtle; that's the fun of it. It's Russian romance with its heart on its sleeve, and oh, that voice.


David Simmons, WQXR
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Works on This Recording

1.
I met you by Anonymous
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone)
Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Style of Five,  Moscow Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 08/2001 
Venue:  Great Hall, Conservatory, Moscow, Russia 
Length: 4 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
Notes: Arranged: Evgeny Stesyuk 
2.
No, it's not you I love so fervently by A. Shishkin
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone)
Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Style of Five,  Moscow Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 08/2001 
Venue:  Great Hall, Conservatory, Moscow, Russia 
Length: 3 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
Notes: Arranged: Evgeny Stesyuk 
3.
Only Once by P. German
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone)
Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Style of Five,  Moscow Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 08/2001 
Venue:  Great Hall, Conservatory, Moscow, Russia 
Length: 3 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
Notes: Arranged: Evgeny Stesyuk 
4.
The night is bright by A. Shishkin
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone)
Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Style of Five,  Moscow Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 08/2001 
Venue:  Great Hall, Conservatory, Moscow, Russia 
Length: 3 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
Notes: Arranged: Evgeny Stesyuk 
5.
I remember that wonderful sound of the waltz by Nikolai Listov
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone)
Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Style of Five,  Moscow Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 08/2001 
Venue:  Great Hall, Conservatory, Moscow, Russia 
Length: 2 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
Notes: Arranged: Evgeny Stesyuk 
6.
O could I but express in song by Leonid Malashkin
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone)
Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Style of Five,  Moscow Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 08/2001 
Venue:  Great Hall, Conservatory, Moscow, Russia 
Length: 2 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
Notes: Arranged: Evgeny Stesyuk 
7.
Do not awaken memories by Pavel Bulakhov
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone)
Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Style of Five,  Moscow Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 08/2001 
Venue:  Great Hall, Conservatory, Moscow, Russia 
Length: 4 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
Notes: Arranged: Evgeny Stesyuk 
8.
Song of the Coachman by Alexander Gurilyov
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone)
Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Style of Five,  Moscow Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 08/2001 
Venue:  Great Hall, Conservatory, Moscow, Russia 
Length: 2 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
Notes: Arranged: Evgeny Stesyuk 
9.
In the wide open field by Pavel Bulakhov
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone)
Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Style of Five,  Moscow Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 08/2001 
Venue:  Great Hall, Conservatory, Moscow, Russia 
Length: 2 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
Notes: Arranged: Evgeny Stesyuk 
10.
Monotonously rings the little bell by Alexander Gurilyov
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone)
Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Style of Five,  Moscow Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 08/2001 
Venue:  Great Hall, Conservatory, Moscow, Russia 
Length: 3 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
Notes: Arranged: Evgeny Stesyuk 
11.
Foggy morning by Vladimir Abaza
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone)
Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Style of Five,  Moscow Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 08/2001 
Venue:  Great Hall, Conservatory, Moscow, Russia 
Length: 3 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
Notes: Arranged: Evgeny Stesyuk 
12.
But I love you nevertheless by Anonymous
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone)
Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Style of Five,  Moscow Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 08/2001 
Venue:  Great Hall, Conservatory, Moscow, Russia 
Length: 2 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
Notes: Arranged: Evgeny Stesyuk 
13.
The troika speeds, the troika gallops by Pavel Bulakhov
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone)
Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Style of Five,  Moscow Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 08/2001 
Venue:  Great Hall, Conservatory, Moscow, Russia 
Length: 3 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
Notes: Arranged: Evgeny Stesyuk 
14.
The autumn wind moans by Mikhailov-Shalayev,
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone)
Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Style of Five,  Moscow Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 08/2001 
Venue:  Great Hall, Conservatory, Moscow, Russia 
Length: 2 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
Notes: Arranged: Evgeny Stesyuk 
15.
At That Fateful Hour by Anonymous
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone)
Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Style of Five,  Moscow Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 08/2001 
Venue:  Great Hall, Conservatory, Moscow, Russia 
Length: 2 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
Notes: Arranged: Evgeny Stesyuk 
16.
I loved you by Boris S. Sheremetiev
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone)
Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Style of Five,  Moscow Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 08/2001 
Venue:  Great Hall, Conservatory, Moscow, Russia 
Length: 2 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
Notes: Arranged: Evgeny Stesyuk 
17.
The weeping willows slumber by Anonymous
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone)
Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Style of Five,  Moscow Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 08/2001 
Venue:  Great Hall, Conservatory, Moscow, Russia 
Length: 2 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
Notes: Arranged: Evgeny Stesyuk 
18.
You cannot understand by Alexander Gurilyov
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone)
Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Style of Five,  Moscow Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 08/2001 
Venue:  Great Hall, Conservatory, Moscow, Russia 
Length: 4 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
Notes: Arranged: Evgeny Stesyuk 
19.
Shine, Shine My Star by Pavel Bulakhov
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone)
Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Style of Five,  Moscow Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 08/2001 
Venue:  Great Hall, Conservatory, Moscow, Russia 
Length: 4 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
Notes: Arranged: Evgeny Stesyuk 

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