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Russian Songs - Tchaikovsky, Borodin, Glinka / Burchuladze, Ivanova


Release Date: 10/15/2008 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 421417  
Composer:  Alexander DargomizhskyPeter Ilyich TchaikovskyAlexander BorodinAnton Rubinstein,   ... 
Performer:  Paata BurchuladzeLudmilla IvanovaDavid Smith
Number of Discs: 1 
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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

As with so much else in Russian music, it was Glinka who set crucial examples to his successors with his treatment of song, and this record reflects the two principal courses Russian song has taken. Glinka's own most intimate, lyrical side is shown in the Pushkin setting which concludes the recital, "The fire of longing burns in my blood." This love of the tender, the elegant, the slightly doleful but always the well-mannered presentation of emotion derives, of course, from the French romance and has little or nothing to do with the German Lied. It meant much to Tchaikovsky, two of whose most beautiful examples are included—"Amid the din of the ball" and the famous "None but the lonely heart"...
Read more /> [T]he other principal vein particular to Russian song [is] the declamatory scene or evocative genre piece. Glinka's classic example, "The midnight review" is not included here; but it is the spiritual father of several that are. Anton Rubinstein's "He stands silently before the commander" is presumably included more for curiosity value than for anything else: it is not a distinguished example of the genre. But Burchuladze does quite well for it, and he rises powerfully to the occasion for Dargomizhsky's grimly impressive "The old corporal," in which the grizzled veteran braces up the spirits and resolve of his own firing squad. He also has a good touch of humour for "The miller," as the cuckolded fool's wife tries to delude him about the mysterious pair of boots he finds when returning home unexpectedly. There is a nice undercurrent of bitterness in Borodin's Heine setting, "My songs are filled with poison," and a single example by Arensky, "The day has ended," is quite agreeably handled. The recording is clear and well balanced, with a pleasantly forward acoustic. A word of praise for the booklet. Words of all the songs in four languages are included (with sensible English translations), and the whole is prefaced by an essay by David Brown which could have been longer but which says a great deal in a short space.

-- John Warrack, Gramophone [3/1989]
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Works on This Recording

1. The old corporal by Alexander Dargomizhsky
Performer:  Paata Burchuladze (Bass), Ludmilla Ivanova (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857-1868; Russia 
2. The Civil Servant by Alexander Dargomizhsky
Performer:  Paata Burchuladze (Bass), Ludmilla Ivanova (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
3. I loved you by Alexander Dargomizhsky
Performer:  Paata Burchuladze (Bass), Ludmilla Ivanova (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840s; Russia 
4. The miller by Alexander Dargomizhsky
Performer:  Paata Burchuladze (Bass), Ludmilla Ivanova (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1850-1851; Russia 
5. I am sad by Alexander Dargomizhsky
Performer:  Paata Burchuladze (Bass), Ludmilla Ivanova (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1848; Russia 
6. The worm by Alexander Dargomizhsky
Performer:  Paata Burchuladze (Bass), Ludmilla Ivanova (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1858; Russia 
7. Songs (6), Op. 38: no 5, The love of a dead man by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Paata Burchuladze (Bass), Ludmilla Ivanova (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Russia 
8. Songs (6), Op. 6: no 6, None but the lonely heart by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Paata Burchuladze (Bass), Ludmilla Ivanova (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869; Russia 
9. Songs (6), Op. 38: no 3, Amid the din of the ball by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Paata Burchuladze (Bass), Ludmilla Ivanova (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Russia 
10. Songs (6), Op. 6: no 4, The tear trembles by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Paata Burchuladze (Bass), Ludmilla Ivanova (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869; Russia 
11. Songs (12), Op. 60: no 9, Night by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Paata Burchuladze (Bass), Ludmilla Ivanova (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Russia 
12. Songs (6), Op. 63: no 4, The first meeting by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Paata Burchuladze (Bass), Ludmilla Ivanova (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Russia 
13. False note by Alexander Borodin
Performer:  Paata Burchuladze (Bass), Ludmilla Ivanova (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Russia 
14. For the shores of thy far native land by Alexander Borodin
Performer:  Paata Burchuladze (Bass), Ludmilla Ivanova (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Russia 
15. My songs are poisoned by Alexander Borodin
Performer:  Paata Burchuladze (Bass), Ludmilla Ivanova (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Russia 
16. He stands silently before the commander by Anton Rubinstein
Performer:  Paata Burchuladze (Bass), Ludmilla Ivanova (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
17. The day had ended by Anton Arensky
Performer:  Paata Burchuladze (Bass), Ludmilla Ivanova (Piano)
18. Doubt by Mikhail Glinka
Performer:  Ludmilla Ivanova (Piano), Paata Burchuladze (Bass), David Smith (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Russia 
19. The fire of longing burns in my heart by Mikhail Glinka
Performer:  Paata Burchuladze (Bass), Ludmilla Ivanova (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Russia 

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