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Tchaikovsky: Complete Songs Vol 4 / Rautio, Leiferkus, Skigin


Release Date: 09/03/2010 
Label:  Conifer   Catalog #: 51269   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Semeon SkiginNina RautioSergei LeiferkusSemion Skigin
Number of Discs: 1 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is singing of Russian song at its finest, intense yet personal, eloquent but never straying into the operatic.

Only a third of the songs on this fourth volume of Conifer's complete Tchaikovsky (previous issues were reviewed in 8/96 and 1/97) are sung by Leiferkus, but they include some of the finest, and the Finest performances. There is a superb irony in his singing of As they reiterated, "Fool!", as he curls his voice around the phrases and hardens his tone into a snarl for the reproach to the drunkard; yet the cavernous pain in one of Tchaikovsky's strangest songs, In dark Hell, matches without any emotional distancing the poem's grim mood. With Exploit he controls the growth of tone towards the climax
Read more superbly, then dropping to a hushed, exhausted quality for the quiet final verse.

This is singing of Russian song at its finest, intense yet personal, eloquent but never straying into the operatic. Nina Rautio is not so sure-footed. At her best, she can respond with grace and a fresh sense of colour, as with the pretty Pimpinella. In Sleep she pays close attention to the words, which hold the key (as so often with Tchaikovsky) to phrasing that can be elusive. But when less at ease with a song, she can take refuge in operatic declamation of a kind that loses the idiom, as with Softly the spirit, or snatch at the phrasing, as with Thy radi ant image. The setting of Mignon's Kennst du das Land (in Tyutchev's translation) is more successfully handled, not least because of the beautiful playing ofSemion Skigin. He has the idiom of these songs in his veins, and the skill to match his singers and respond to the best in them. There is no finer Russian song pianist performing today.

-- Gramophone [7/1998]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Songs (7), Op. 47: no 2, Softly the spirit flew up to heaven by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Semeon Skigin (Piano), Nina Rautio (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Russia 
2.
Songs (6), Op. 16: no 3, Accept just one by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Semeon Skigin (Piano), Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872; Russia 
3.
Songs (6), Op. 16: no 4, O sing that song by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Semeon Skigin (Piano), Nina Rautio (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872; Russia 
4.
Songs (6), Op. 16: no 5, Thy Radiant Image by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Semeon Skigin (Piano), Nina Rautio (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872; Russia 
5.
Songs (6), Op. 16: no 6, In darkest Hell by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Semeon Skigin (Piano), Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872; Russia 
6.
Songs (6), Op. 25: no 2, As o'er the burning ashes by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Semeon Skigin (Piano), Nina Rautio (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874-1875; Russia 
7.
Songs (6), Op. 25: no 3, Mignon's song by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Semeon Skigin (Piano), Nina Rautio (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874-1875; Russia 
8.
Songs (6), Op. 25: no 5, I never spoke to her by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Semeon Skigin (Piano), Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874-1875; Russia 
9.
Songs (6), Op. 25: no 6, As they reiterated, `Fool' by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Semeon Skigin (Piano), Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874-1875; Russia 
10.
Blue eyes of spring by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Semeon Skigin (Piano), Nina Rautio (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873; Russia 
11.
Mezza notte by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Nina Rautio (Soprano), Semeon Skigin (Piano), Semion Skigin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1855-1860; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1997 
12.
Songs (6), Op. 27: no 2, Look, yonder cloud by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Semeon Skigin (Piano), Nina Rautio (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875; Russia 
13.
Songs (6), Op. 27: no 5, Was it the mother who bore me? by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Semeon Skigin (Piano), Nina Rautio (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875; Russia 
14.
Songs (6), Op. 27: no 6, My spoilt darling by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Semeon Skigin (Piano), Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875; Russia 
15.
We have not long to walk by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Semeon Skigin (Piano), Nina Rautio (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
16.
Songs (6), Op. 38: no 4, O, if only you could for one moment by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Semeon Skigin (Piano), Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Russia 
17.
Songs (6), Op. 38: no 6, Pimpinella by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Semeon Skigin (Piano), Nina Rautio (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Russia 
18.
Songs (6), Op. 57: no 3, Do not ask by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Semeon Skigin (Piano), Nina Rautio (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884; Russia 
19.
Songs (6), Op. 57: no 4, Sleep by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Semeon Skigin (Piano), Nina Rautio (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884; Russia 
20.
Songs (6), Op. 57: no 6, Only thou alone by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Semeon Skigin (Piano), Nina Rautio (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884; Russia 
21.
Songs (12), Op. 60: no 8, Forgive by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Semeon Skigin (Piano), Nina Rautio (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; Russia 
22.
Songs (12), Op. 60: no 11, Exploit by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Semeon Skigin (Piano), Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Russia 

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