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Lebendige Vergangenheit - Dmitri Smirnoff


Release Date: 04/29/2003 
Label:  Preiser Records   Catalog #: 89567   Spars Code: AAD 
Composer:  Charles GounodGeorges BizetNikolai Rimsky-KorsakovPeter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,   ... 
Performer:  Dmitri Smirnov
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Leonid Sobinov and Dmitri Smirnoff are considered the two "classic singers" among Russian tenors. They possessed interesting voices of great individuality, high vocal culture and a wide range of expressiveness. Whether one of them was of greater distinction than the other cannot be determined today. It is clear in any case that Smirnov enjoyed a greater international career than his colleague, who was a decade older. He was the first Russian tenor to be hired by the Metropolitan Opera in New York and this when the institution was at the peak of its glory. He was born in Moscow, but first studied law. Soon his musical talent took over. His career began at the Bolshoi in a production of Ruslan and Lyudmilla conducted by Sergei Rachmaninoff Read more who was also making his Bolshoi debut on the same evening. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Roméo et Juliette: Ah! lève-toi, soleil by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Dmitri Smirnov (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; France 
Date of Recording: 11/1909 
Language: Russian 
2.
Les pêcheurs de perles: Je crois entendre encore by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Dmitri Smirnov (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863; France 
Date of Recording: 11/1909 
Language: Russian 
3.
May Night: Sleep, my beauty by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Dmitri Smirnov (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878-1879; Russia 
Date of Recording: 11/1909 
Language: Russian 
4.
Eugene Onegin, Op. 24: Lensky's aria by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Dmitri Smirnov (Tenor)
Written: 1879 
Date of Recording: 11/1909 
Language: Russian 
5.
Tosca: E lucevan le stelle by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Dmitri Smirnov (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Italy 
Date of Recording: 11/1909 
Language: Italian 
6.
Faust: Salut! demeure chaste et pure by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Dmitri Smirnov (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; France 
Date of Recording: 10/12/1910 
Language: Russian 
7.
La traviata: De' miei bollenti spiriti by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Dmitri Smirnov (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 10/12/1910 
Language: Russian 
8.
Mefistofele: Giunto sul passo estremo by Arrigo Boito
Performer:  Dmitri Smirnov (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Italy 
Date of Recording: 10/12/1910 
Language: Italian 
9.
Lohengrin: In fernem Land by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Dmitri Smirnov (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1847; Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/09/1911 
Language: Russian 
10.
The demon: On desire's soft by Anton Rubinstein
Performer:  Dmitri Smirnov (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Russia 
Date of Recording: 10/09/1911 
Language: Russian 
11.
Prince Igor: Daylight is fading "Vladimir's Aria" by Alexander Borodin
Performer:  Dmitri Smirnov (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869-1887; Russia 
Date of Recording: 11/20/1911 
Language: Russian 
12.
Sadko: no 4, Song of the Indian Guest by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Dmitri Smirnov (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894-1896; Russia 
Date of Recording: 11/20/1911 
Language: Russian 
13.
Dubrovsky, Op 58: O give me oblivion! by Eduard Nápravník
Performer:  Dmitri Smirnov (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1895; Moravia, Czech Repub 
Date of Recording: 10/19/1912 
Language: Russian 
14.
Carmen: La fleur que tu m'avais jetée "Flower song" by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Dmitri Smirnov (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873-1874; France 
Date of Recording: 10/1912 
Language: Russian 
Notes: Composition written: France (1873 - 1874). 
15.
La Bohème: Che gelida manina by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Dmitri Smirnov (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Date of Recording: 10/19/1912 
Language: Russian 
16.
Cavalleria Rusticana: Viva il vino spumeggiante "Brindisi" by Pietro Mascagni
Performer:  Dmitri Smirnov (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; Italy 
Date of Recording: 08/19/1913 
Language: Italian 
17.
Manon Lescaut: Donna non vidi mai by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Dmitri Smirnov (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
Date of Recording: 08/19/1913 
Language: Italian 
18.
Manon: Ah! fuyez, douce image by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Dmitri Smirnov (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883-1884; France 
Date of Recording: 08/21/1913 
Language: Italian 
19.
Rusalka: Unwillingly to these sad shores "Prince's Cavatina" by Alexander Dargomizhsky
Performer:  Dmitri Smirnov (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1848-1855; Russia 
Date of Recording: 10/14/1913 
Language: Russian 
20.
Les Huguenots: Plus blanche que la blanche hermine by Giacomo Meyerbeer
Performer:  Dmitri Smirnov (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836; Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/14/1913 
Language: Russian 
21.
Aleko: Young Gypsy's Song by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Dmitri Smirnov (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Russia 
Date of Recording: 11/20/1911 
Language: Russian 

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