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Tchaikovsky: None But The Lonely Heart / Olga Borodina


Release Date: 02/18/2009 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 442013   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Larissa GergievaOlga Borodina
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

At the 1992 Edinburgh Festival Olga Borodina gave a recital which was one of the highlights of the Tchaikovsky theme that year. It is a luxury to have a glorious operatic mezzo in its prime, whose owner also knows how to vary her singing for a song recital, and by the end of that morning we had plumbed the depths of Tchaikovsky's soul in a way that none of the other events was to surpass.

On the recital platform Borodina created an imposing presence, stopping for long pauses between the songs to summon her concentration, as though each song demanded her undivided attention. That is much the impression that one gets here, as she is among the most considered of Tchaikovsky interpreters on disc. In "Do not believe, my
Read more friend" Söderström is eager and impulsive, Borodina almost stately. In "Frenzied nights" Vishnevskaya spends the hours tossing and turning with anxiety, while Borodina lies still in grief. In the "Cradle song", one of Tchaikovsky's most haunting pieces, Joan Rodgers sounds carefree as she rocks her baby to sleep, where Borodina is heavier, sensing dark threats all around. Larissa Gergieva (Valery Gergiev's sister) adds to the unsettling atmosphere of that song by stressing the chromatic tensions in the accompaniment.

In general, it might have been better to have had a pianist less amenable to slow speeds than Gergieva, but Borodina has such a range of colour and expression in her voice that she can fill the time profitably. Leaving other interpreters aside, one marvels at the beauty of the singing and admires its sustained intensity. In Edinburgh she ended with two black songs from the late Op. 73 set, which sent the audience reeling out into the sunlight. In "Night" a darkness descends over the voice from the opening lines, but in "Again, as before, alone" she tries something even more daring, draining all the life and vibrancy from her tone in a way that is quite unforgettable. One would hardly dare play the final track often (Hvorostovsky is matter-of-fact by comparison.)

The booklet does not include Russian texts either in Cyrillic or transliteration, but there is a free CD [only in the original release], "Presenting Olga Borodina" in three excerpts from existing Philips opera sets. In fact, there is no need to persuade us that the young Russian mezzo is a star: Borodina is one of the major singers of her generation and this recital demands that she be accepted on her own terms.

-- Gramophone [6/1994]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Songs (6), Op. 6: no 6, None but the lonely heart by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Larissa Gergieva (Piano), Olga Borodina (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869; Russia 
2.
Songs (6), Op. 73: no 6, Again, as before, alone by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Olga Borodina (Mezzo Soprano), Larissa Gergieva (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Russia 
3.
Songs (6), Op. 28: no 6, The fearful minute by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Olga Borodina (Mezzo Soprano), Larissa Gergieva (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875; Russia 
4.
Songs (12), Op. 60: no 7, Gypsy's song by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Olga Borodina (Mezzo Soprano), Larissa Gergieva (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; Russia 
5.
Serenade by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Olga Borodina (Mezzo Soprano), Larissa Gergieva (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
6.
Songs (6), Op. 16: no 1, Cradle song by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Olga Borodina (Mezzo Soprano), Larissa Gergieva (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
7.
Songs (6), Op. 6: no 5, Why? by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Larissa Gergieva (Piano), Olga Borodina (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869; Russia 
Language: Russian 
8.
Songs (6), Op. 6: no 2, Not a word, O my friend by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Olga Borodina (Mezzo Soprano), Larissa Gergieva (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869; Russia 
Language: Russian 
9.
Songs (6), Op. 6: no 1, Do not believe, my friend by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Larissa Gergieva (Piano), Olga Borodina (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869; Russia 
10.
Songs (6), Op. 38: no 2, It was in early spring by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Larissa Gergieva (Piano), Olga Borodina (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Russia 
11.
Songs (6), Op. 73: no 4, The sun has set by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Larissa Gergieva (Piano), Olga Borodina (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Russia 
12.
Songs (6), Op. 73: no 2, Night by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Larissa Gergieva (Piano), Olga Borodina (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Russia 
13.
Songs (12), Op. 60: no 12, The mild stars shone for us by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Larissa Gergieva (Piano), Olga Borodina (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Russia 
14.
Songs (6), Op. 63: no 4, The first meeting by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Larissa Gergieva (Piano), Olga Borodina (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Russia 
15.
Songs (6), Op. 63: no 5, The fires in the rooms were already out by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Larissa Gergieva (Piano), Olga Borodina (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Russia 
16.
Songs (6), Op. 25: no 1, Reconciliation by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Larissa Gergieva (Piano), Olga Borodina (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874-1875; Russia 
17.
My protector, my angel, my friend by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Larissa Gergieva (Piano), Olga Borodina (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1855; Russia 
18.
Songs (12), Op. 60: no 6, Frenzied nights by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Larissa Gergieva (Piano), Olga Borodina (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; Russia 
19.
Take my heart away by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Larissa Gergieva (Piano), Olga Borodina (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873; Russia 

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