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Dvorak, Tchaikovsky: Songs / Chaiter, Zelikson


Release Date: 07/29/2008 
Label:  Roméo Records   Catalog #: 7262   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Irena Zelikson-LitchenYoram Chaiter
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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DVO?ÁK—TCHAIKOVSKY • Yoram Chaiter (bs); Irena Zelikson (pn) • ROMÉO 7262 (62:20 Text and Translation)

DVO?ÁK Biblical Songs. Gypsy Songs. TCHAIKOVSKY In the Midst of a Noisy Ball. It Was in Early Spring. None but the Lonely Heart. Once Again, as Before, I Am Alone. Bless You, Forests. Whether Day Dawns. Don Juan’s Serenade

The Biblical Songs are something of a specialty with Chaiter, having recorded them twice (once in English, here in Czech). There are not, strangely enough, a lot of recordings currently available—Vera Soukupova offering an interesting female take on Supraphon along with Ivan Kusnjer (also on Supraphon). Fischer-Dieskau did six of them on DGG that are quite affecting. But
Read more Chaiter’s profound basso brings something weighty, even Biblical (no, I didn’t really want to say that, but it fits) to this music that is also delivered with an almost rabbinical sense of instruction. This is not to say that it is pedantic in any way, only instructive in a curative manner, one where the singer becomes almost a troubadour in his communicative sensibilities. The Tchaikovsky songs make a nice foil, pulling us from the bowels of the Prophet David to the innermost sanctum of secularism, linked together only by the same sense of melodic genius that so propels both of these composers. Whether they surpass the fluidity of Dmitri Hvorostovsky on his luxuriant Philips recording is questionable, but then again Hvorostovsky is a baritone who sings these songs quite differently. Chaiter has his own take, and the Slav in him comes to the fore. Roméo’s sound is very good, albeit resonant, like in a small empty hall or quiet live recording chamber.

FANFARE: Steven E. Ritter
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Works on This Recording

1.
Biblical Songs, Op. 99/B 185 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Irena Zelikson-Litchen (Piano), Yoram Chaiter (Bass)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; USA 
2.
Zigeunermelodien (7), Op. 55/B 104 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Irena Zelikson-Litchen (Piano), Yoram Chaiter (Bass)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Bohemia 

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