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Renee Fleming & Dmitri Hvorostovsky in St. Petersburg


Release Date: 02/09/2018 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 0743383  
Composer:  Giuseppe VerdiPeter Ilyich TchaikovskySergei RachmaninovNikolai Medtner,   ... 
Performer:  Renée FlemingDmitri HvorostovskyIvari IljaOlga Kern
Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  State Hermitage Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Legendary soprano Renée Fleming and baritone vocalist Dmitri Hvvorostovsky team up for this concert of duets, arias, and songs performed in the palace theaters of St. Petersburg, Russia. The program, which highlights composers including Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky and Verdi, features selections including: the duets from Act IV of Il Trovatore and Act I of Simon Boccanegra; the final scene from Eugene Onegin; Natasha's Aria from Oprichnik, and much more. The State Hermitage Orchestra lends symphonic accompaniment under the baton of Constantine Orbelian.

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Immediately viewers join Renée and Dmitri in front of the State Hermitage orchestra and conductor Constantine Orbelian. Credits roll as the
Read more singers launch into the fourth act duet of Il Trovatore’s Leonora and Di Luna. Other than Violetta and Desdemona, Verdi hasn’t played a big part in Ms. Fleming’s career, so it’s fairly surprising how well she does in this scene. Hvorostovsky has sung the Count many times, and in this smaller hall, he is able to bring all of his skill to the performance without having to push as he would in a larger venue. Next, after 10 minutes of Renée guiding us through the Winter Palace, we return to the concert and an extended scene from Simon Boccanegra. A briefer travelogue is followed by several Russian songs, with Olga Kern at the piano. This is Hvorostovsky’s home territory, of course, and he shines; Ms. Fleming looks and sounds ravishing.

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Works on This Recording

1.
Il trovatore: Mira, di acerbe lagrime by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Renée Fleming (Soprano), Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone)
Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  State Hermitage Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
2.
Simon Boccanegra: Favella il Doge ad Amelia Grimaldi by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Renée Fleming (Soprano), Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone)
Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  State Hermitage Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857; Italy 
3.
Songs (6), Op. 38: no 3, Amid the din of the ball by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone), Ivari Ilja (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Russia 
4.
Songs (6), Op. 4: no 3, In the silence of the night by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Renée Fleming (Soprano), Olga Kern (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; Russia 
5.
Poems (2), Op. 13: no 1, Winterabend by Nikolai Medtner
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone), Ivari Ilja (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903-1907; Russia 
6.
Songs (6), Op. 4: no 4, Sing not to me, beautiful maiden by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Renée Fleming (Soprano), Olga Kern (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Russia 
7.
Songs (12), Op. 14: no 11, Spring waters by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Renée Fleming (Soprano), Olga Kern (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Russia 
8.
Songs (6), Op. 38: no 1, Don Juan's serenade by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone), Ivari Ilja (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Russia 
9.
Queen of Spades, Op. 68: I love you beyond all measure [Yeletsky's Aria] by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone)
Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  State Hermitage Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; Russia 
10.
Eugene Onegin, Op. 24: Onegin, I was younger then by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Renée Fleming (Soprano), Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone)
Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  State Hermitage Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877-1878; Russia 
11.
Hamlet: O vin dissipe la tristesse by Ambroise Thomas
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone)
Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  State Hermitage Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; France 
12.
Norma: Casta diva by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Renée Fleming (Soprano)
Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  State Hermitage Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Italy 
13.
Nero: Vindex's Epithalamium by Anton Rubinstein
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone)
Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  State Hermitage Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875-1876; Russia 
14.
Queen of Spades, Op. 68: Midnight is nearing (Lisa's Aria) by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Renée Fleming (Soprano)
Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  State Hermitage Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; Russia 

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