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Tchaikovsky: Romances / Stotijn, Drake


Release Date: 02/10/2009 
Label:  Onyx   Catalog #: 4034   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Christianne StotijnJulius Drake
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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If Tchaikovsky’s songs are not well enough known, Stotijn could change all that

An album to remind one of the treasures of Russian song. Remember that wonderful Sergei Leiferkus Mussorgsky song series? But I digress. The ever more impressive Christianne Stotijn invests this marvellous collection with intelligence and refulgent tone, even managing to sound idiomatic (well, to my non-Russian ears). She is well matched by Julius Drake. A real pleasure.

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TCHAIKOVSKY Romances Christianne Stotijn (mez); Julius Drake (pn) ONYX 4034 (63:14 Text and Translation)


At the Ball. None but the Lonely Heart. Over Burning Ashes. My Genius, My Angel, My Friend. Lullaby. Reconciliation. The Sun Has Set. The Fearful Moment. Mild Stars Looked Down. Had I Only Known. The Lights Were Being Dimmed. Not a Word, My Friend. Why? The Bride’s Lament. The Gypsy Song. Do Not Believe, My Friend. It Was in Early Spring. The Cuckoo. Can It Be Day? Again, As Before, Alone


This is a stunningly beautiful disc, and can be recommended without reservation to anyone who loves the vocal repertoire. I am not enough of a linguist to know if the Dutch mezzo’s Russian is perfectly pronounced, though I can say her diction is clear with crisp consonants. And the disc has direct competition from Philips 442013—a disc of Tchaikovsky songs sung by the great Russian Olga Borodina. Thirteen of the 20 songs on Stotijn’s disc are duplicated on Borodina’s, and as much as I like this, I would find it hard to recommend that kind of duplication to the casual song collector. But for the serious collector, or to anyone who doesn’t have the Borodina, I will state a slight preference for this disc.


One difference is at the piano. Larissa Gergieva plays quite well for Borodina, but Julius Drake is one of the most imaginative and accomplished song accompanists working today, and he brings something special to the piano parts here. But that is not to minimize the accomplishments of Christianne Stotijn. I find a greater range of color and imagination in her timbre and her inflections and phrasing. The hushed beauty of the end of “My Genius, My Angel, My Friend” is quite remarkable, and at the other extreme so is the drama and passion of “Had I Only Known.” She can float gorgeous soft tones, or she can open up full throttle without any edge to the voice. These are highly communicative and deeply moving performances of some very beautiful songs.


Fine notes, complete texts (transliterated and English—no Cyrillic), and extremely natural well-balanced sound quality round out this very special recording.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Songs (6), Op. 38: no 3, Amid the din of the ball by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Christianne Stotijn (Mezzo Soprano), Julius Drake (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Russia 
2.
Songs (6), Op. 6: no 6, None but the lonely heart by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Christianne Stotijn (Mezzo Soprano), Julius Drake (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869; Russia 
3.
Songs (6), Op. 25: no 2, As o'er the burning ashes by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Christianne Stotijn (Mezzo Soprano), Julius Drake (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874-1875; Russia 
4.
My protector, my angel, my friend by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Christianne Stotijn (Mezzo Soprano), Julius Drake (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1855; Russia 
5.
Songs (6), Op. 16: no 1, Cradle song by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Christianne Stotijn (Mezzo Soprano), Julius Drake (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
6.
Songs (6), Op. 25: no 1, Reconciliation by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Christianne Stotijn (Mezzo Soprano), Julius Drake (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874-1875; Russia 
7.
Songs (6), Op. 73: no 4, The sun has set by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Christianne Stotijn (Mezzo Soprano), Julius Drake (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Russia 
8.
Songs (6), Op. 28: no 6, The fearful minute by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Christianne Stotijn (Mezzo Soprano), Julius Drake (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875; Russia 
9.
Songs (12), Op. 60: no 12, The mild stars shone for us by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Christianne Stotijn (Mezzo Soprano), Julius Drake (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Russia 
10.
Songs (7), Op. 47: no 1, If I had only known by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Christianne Stotijn (Mezzo Soprano), Julius Drake (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Russia 
11.
Songs (6), Op. 63: no 5, The fires in the rooms were already out by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Christianne Stotijn (Mezzo Soprano), Julius Drake (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Russia 
12.
Songs (6), Op. 6: no 2, Not a word, O my friend by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Christianne Stotijn (Mezzo Soprano), Julius Drake (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869; Russia 
13.
Songs (6), Op. 6: no 5, Why? by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Christianne Stotijn (Mezzo Soprano), Julius Drake (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869; Russia 
14.
Songs (7), Op. 47: no 7, Was I not a little blade of grass? by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Christianne Stotijn (Mezzo Soprano), Julius Drake (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Russia 
15.
Songs (12), Op. 60: no 7, Gypsy's song by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Christianne Stotijn (Mezzo Soprano), Julius Drake (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; Russia 
16.
Songs (6), Op. 6: no 1, Do not believe, my friend by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Christianne Stotijn (Mezzo Soprano), Julius Drake (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869; Russia 
17.
Songs (6), Op. 38: no 2, It was in early spring by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Christianne Stotijn (Mezzo Soprano), Julius Drake (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Russia 
18.
Children's Songs (16), Op. 54: no 8, The cuckoo by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Christianne Stotijn (Mezzo Soprano), Julius Drake (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; Russia 
19.
Songs (7), Op. 47: no 6, Does the day reign? by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Christianne Stotijn (Mezzo Soprano), Julius Drake (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Russia 
20.
Songs (6), Op. 73: no 6, Again, as before, alone by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Christianne Stotijn (Mezzo Soprano), Julius Drake (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Russia 

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