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Rachmaninov: Songs / Dobraceva, Siurina, Vinogradov, Gringyte, Shtoda, Burnside

Rachmaninov / Dobraceva / Siurina
Release Date: 04/08/2014 
Label:  Delphian   Catalog #: 34127   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Andrei BondarenkoDaniil ShtodaEvelina DobracevaJustina Gringyte,   ... 
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 3 Hours 18 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Booklet in Russian with complete English translations included.

This is the first complete recording for 20 years of Rachmaninov’s published song output. With the addition of two delightfully comic occasional pieces, it lays two further claims to importance: Delphian's seven singers – hand-picked by renowned pianist Iain Burnside – are all native Russian speakers, and every song is performed in the key in which Rachmaninov wrote it, respecting both the specificity of vocal colour and the carefully designed tonal and expressive trajectory within each opus. For the first 25 years of his career Rachmaninov regularly expressed himself in song, from Tchaikovskian beginnings to the very personal range of vocal and pianistic
Read more utterance in his final two collections. Almost a century after exile brought down the curtain on this period of his creative output, Burnside and his singers bring these works to shimmering, gushing, crackling, magnificent life. - Delphian

“...There are distinct pluses to this new Delphian set. One of them is unquestionably the pianism of Iain Burnside, who recognises the integral expressive role of the piano in these songs...Practically everything...rings true in this set, sung gloriously with palpable heart and soul.” - Gramophone Magazine, Editor's Choice, 2014

"Beautiful rich dark tone and musicality single him out with distinction. ...Burnside, throughout, displays great sensitivity in his accompaniments. Technically accomplished, he meets the virtuosic challenges that Rachmaninov sets the performer...This set would be hard to beat by any standards – a deeply rewarding and truly stimulating musical experience.” - MusicWeb International

“I was quickly won over by Andrei Bondarenko's burnished baritone sound and sensitivity. The two sopranos are top-note perfect...At times, the heavier-weight voices of mezzo Justina Gringyte and bass, Alexander Vinogradov, are too closely recorded for comfort...but Burnside remains a firm, clear companion throughout.” - BBC Music Magazine, (May, 2014) Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Were you hiccoughing by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Andrei Bondarenko (Baritone), Daniil Shtoda (Tenor), Evelina Dobraceva (Soprano),
Justina Gringyte (Mezzo Soprano), Ekaterina Siurina (Soprano), Rodion Pogossov (Baritone),
Alexander Vinogradov (Bass), Iain Burnside (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; Russia 
2.
Songs (6), Op. 8 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Russia 
3.
Songs (6), Op. 4 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890-1893; Russia 
4.
Songs (6), Op. 38 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1916; Russia 
5.
Songs (15), Op. 26 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1906 
6.
Songs (14), Op. 34 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910-1912; Russia 
7.
Songs (12), Op. 21 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900-1902 
8.
Songs (12), Op. 14 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1894-1896; Russia 
9.
Letter to K.S. Stanislavsky by Sergei Rachmaninov
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1908; Russia 

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