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Dmitri Hvorostovsky Sings of War, Peace, Love & Sorrow


Release Date: 08/12/2016 
Label:  Delos   Catalog #: 3517  
Composer:  Sergei ProkofievPeter Ilyich TchaikovskyAnton Rubinstein
Performer:  Asmik GrigorianDmitri HvorostovskyIrina ShishkovaMikhail Guzhov,   ... 
Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Federation Academic Symphony OrchestraHelikon Opera Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The incomparable Siberian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky — best known for his Verdi roles — is joined by rising star soprano Asmik Grigorian and other notable singers in a gripping album of Russian arias and scenes that marks his return to the operatic masterpieces of his homeland.

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REVIEW:

There is much to enjoy here. The magical opening from Prokofiev’s War and Peace finds him in terrific form, moving from dejection to hope as he overhears Natasha sing of her joy in life.

This is followed by excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s Mazeppa and Iolanta. More intriguing are two arias from Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades. Hvorostovsky, 53, made his Metropolitan Opera debut in that work in
Read more 1995 as the lovesick Prince Yeletsky, but here he takes on the role of the brash, cynical Count Tomsky, with invigorating results.

Best is the finale of The Demon by Anton Rubinstein. With its long melodic lines, the music is particularly well-suited to Hvorostovsky’s talents.

– AP (Mike Silverman) Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
War and Peace, Op. 91: Aria(s) by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Asmik Grigorian (Soprano), Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone), Irina Shishkova (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Federation Academic Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943/1952; USSR 
2.
Mazeppa: O, Marija, Marija by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone)
Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Federation Academic Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881-1883; Russia 
3.
Iolanta, Op. 69: Duke Robert's Aria by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone)
Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Federation Academic Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; Russia 
4.
Queen of Spades, Op. 68: Once at Versailles by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone), Mikhail Guzhov (Bass), Igor Morozov (Baritone)
Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Federation Academic Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; Russia 
5.
Queen of Spades, Op. 68: Darling maidens "Tomsky's Aria" by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone)
Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Federation Academic Symphony Orchestra,  Helikon Opera Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; Russia 
6.
The demon: Excerpt(s) by Anton Rubinstein
Performer:  Vadim Volkov (Countertenor), Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone), Asmik Grigorian (Soprano)
Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Federation Academic Symphony Orchestra,  Helikon Opera Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Russia 

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