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Dmitri Hvorostovsky Sings Tchaikovsky


Release Date: 10/27/2009 
Label:  Delos   Catalog #: 3393   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Peter Ilyich TchaikovskySergei Taneyev
Performer:  Ivari IljaDmitri Hvorostovsky
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Nearly 20 years have elapsed since Dmitri Hvorostovsky first recorded Tchaikovsky songs for Philips, with vine leaves in his hair fresh from winning the Cardiff Singer of the World Competition. Comparing his ‘None but the Lonely Heart’ then with the one just set down here for Delos, it’s remarkable how little the voice, a little larger than life in Delos’s close sound, has aged; if anything, the dark, full vibrato is even more under control at the very top of the register. Alongside the same ineffable legato, there’s more pointing of the words and more inwardness in softer dynamics.

Hvorostovsky has added many of the more unconventional Tchaikovsky songs to his repertoire since that first recital disc. Two which I had never
Read more consciously heard before launch the second of these two short CDs: the Lermontov setting ‘The Love of a Dead Man’, to which Hvorostovsky rises heroically, and ‘On the Golden Cornfields’ by Alexy Tolstoy.

Inevitably there’s a preponderance of dark numbers; so all the more credit to this now truly great baritone for pushing the emotion with apparent sincerity and no self pity; ‘To Forget so Soon’ reaches remarkable dramatic heights. Even if Hvorostovsky perhaps deserves a piano virtuoso with more colours in his palette than Ivari Ilja – Trpceski, Melnikov or Hayroudinoff would be ideal equals – the Estonian manages the lighter touches well.

-- David Nice, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Songs (6), Op. 6: no 6, None but the lonely heart by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Ivari Ilja (Piano), Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869; Russia 
Length: 3 Minutes 16 Secs. 
2.
Songs (12), Op. 60: no 9, Night by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Ivari Ilja (Piano), Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Russia 
Length: 4 Minutes 39 Secs. 
3.
Songs (6), Op. 27: no 1, At bedtime by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone), Ivari Ilja (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875; Russia 
Length: 3 Minutes 9 Secs. 
4.
Songs (6), Op. 63: no 2, I opened the window by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone), Ivari Ilja (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Russia 
Length: 1 Minutes 43 Secs. 
5.
My protector, my angel, my friend by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone), Ivari Ilja (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1855; Russia 
Length: 1 Minutes 47 Secs. 
6.
Songs (6), Op. 6: no 2, Not a word, O my friend by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone), Ivari Ilja (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869; Russia 
Length: 2 Minutes 59 Secs. 
7.
Songs (6), Op. 6: no 5, Why? by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone), Ivari Ilja (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869; Russia 
Length: 3 Minutes 9 Secs. 
8.
To forget so soon by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone), Ivari Ilja (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1870; Russia 
Length: 3 Minutes 15 Secs. 
9.
Songs (12), Op. 60: no 11, Exploit by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone), Ivari Ilja (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Russia 
Length: 4 Minutes 15 Secs. 
10.
Songs (6), Op. 57: no 5, Death by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone), Ivari Ilja (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884; Russia 
Length: 2 Minutes 25 Secs. 
11.
I should like in a single word by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone), Ivari Ilja (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1875; Russia 
Length: 1 Minutes 56 Secs. 
12.
Songs (6), Op. 38: no 4, O, if only you could for one moment by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone), Ivari Ilja (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Russia 
Length: 1 Minutes 34 Secs. 
13.
Songs (6), Op. 38: no 5, The love of a dead man by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone), Ivari Ilja (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Russia 
Length: 4 Minutes 54 Secs. 
14.
Songs (6), Op. 57: no 2, On the golden cornfields by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone), Ivari Ilja (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884; Russia 
Length: 4 Minutes 5 Secs. 
15.
Songs (6), Op. 57: no 1, Tell me, what in the shade of the branches by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone), Ivari Ilja (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884; Russia 
Length: 3 Minutes 53 Secs. 
16.
Songs (6), Op. 28: no 6, The fearful minute by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone), Ivari Ilja (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875; Russia 
Length: 3 Minutes 44 Secs. 
17.
Songs (6), Op. 25: no 1, Reconciliation by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone), Ivari Ilja (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874-1875; Russia 
Length: 5 Minutes 22 Secs. 
18.
Songs (7), Op. 47: no 6, Does the day reign? by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone), Ivari Ilja (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Russia 
Length: 3 Minutes 41 Secs. 
19.
Songs (12), Op. 60: no 6, Frenzied nights by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone), Ivari Ilja (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; Russia 
Length: 3 Minutes 19 Secs. 
20.
Songs (6), Op. 63: no 6, O child, beneath thy window by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone), Ivari Ilja (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Russia 
Length: 3 Minutes 10 Secs. 
21.
Songs (6), Op. 38: no 2, It was in early spring by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone), Ivari Ilja (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Russia 
Length: 2 Minutes 47 Secs. 
22.
Songs (7), Op. 47: no 3, Dusk fell on the earth by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone), Ivari Ilja (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Russia 
Length: 4 Minutes 28 Secs. 
23.
Songs (7), Op. 47: no 5, I bless you, forests "Pilgrim's Song" by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Ivari Ilja (Piano), Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone)
24.
Songs (6), Op. 38: no 1, Don Juan's serenade by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Ivari Ilja (Piano), Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Russia 
Length: 2 Minutes 55 Secs. 

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