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Russian Songs And Arias / Alieva, Yablonsky, Russian State Symphony Orchestra

Rachmaninov / Alieva / New Russia State Sym Orch
Release Date: 02/26/2013 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8572893   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Sergei RachmaninovNikolai Rimsky-KorsakovPeter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Dinara Alieva
Conductor:  Dmitry Yablonsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian State Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 0 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A recording to treasure!

Born in Baku in Azerbaijan and studying at the Music Academy there, Dinara Alieva has been very successful in a number of competitions lately, including Operalia in Milan 2010, Francesco Viñas in Barcelona, Maria Callas in Athens and Elena Obraztsova in St Petersburg. She has also appeared at many of the prestigious opera houses and is booked several years ahead.
 
Judging by this debut recital she seems well equipped to pursue a glorious career for years to come. Rachmaninov’s ubiquitous Vocalise is as good a test as any song or aria when it comes to voice production, beauty of tone, legato and technical accomplishment. She has it Read more all, including a fine trill. What we can’t judge from that piece is her dramatic ability and her handling of text. The first act aria from The Queen of Spades is a good touchstone in those respects and she certainly doesn’t lack dramatic intensity. Though my Russian is poor I was still able to catch quite a lot of the words.
 
Two arias from Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Tsar’s Bride follow next. This is R-K at his very best: melodious and with admirable orchestral colours. In particular the aria from act IV is truly lovely and it is difficult to imagine it better sung.
 
Back to Rachmaninov and one of his earliest songs, here presented in a beautiful orchestral arrangement by Ruben Stepanyan. From the opera Francesca da Rimini, based on the story from Dante’s Inferno, we get Francesca’s aria from the second scene. It is voluptuous music and the tessitura is high-lying, but that doesn’t bother Dinara Alieva at all. She sings it with bell-like clarity.
 
The rest of the disc is devoted to more Tchaikovsky. First more from Queen of Spades and the aria from Act III which is one of the highlights - both of the opera and this disc. Then two songs from his Op. 47 - again wonderful music and it is interesting to hear them with orchestral accompaniment. I have been lucky to hear several superb readings of Tatiana’s role in Eugene Onegin in various opera houses across the years: Maria Fontosh, born in Ukraine, in Stockholm some years ago and somewhat later Soile Isokoski in Helsinki. Dinara Alieva is in their league, deeply inside the role and with glorious youthful tone.
 
I am also full of admiration for the playing of the New Russia State Symphony Orchestra under the inspiring direction of Dmitry Yablonsky. The sound is first class too. This is a recording to treasure!
 
-- Göran Forsling, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Songs (6), Op. 4: no 4, Sing not to me, beautiful maiden by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Dinara Alieva (Soprano)
Conductor:  Dmitry Yablonsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian State Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Russia 
2.
Songs (14), Op. 34: no 14, Vocalise by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Dinara Alieva (Soprano)
Conductor:  Dmitry Yablonsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian State Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1912-1915; Russia 
3.
Tsar's Bride: In Novgorod by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Dinara Alieva (Soprano)
Conductor:  Dmitry Yablonsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian State Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898-1899; Russia 
4.
Francesca da Rimini, Op. 25: Oh, do not weep, my Paolo "Francesca's Aria" by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Dinara Alieva (Soprano)
Conductor:  Dmitry Yablonsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian State Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
5.
Tsar's Bride: Ivan Sergeyevich by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Dinara Alieva (Soprano)
Conductor:  Dmitry Yablonsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian State Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898-1899; Russia 
6.
Queen of Spades, Op. 68: Why these tears? by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Dinara Alieva (Soprano)
Conductor:  Dmitry Yablonsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian State Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; Russia 
7.
Queen of Spades, Op. 68: Midnight is nearing (Lisa's Aria) by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Dinara Alieva (Soprano)
Conductor:  Dmitry Yablonsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian State Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; Russia 
8.
Eugene Onegin, Op. 24: Tatiana's letter scene by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Dinara Alieva (Soprano)
Conductor:  Dmitry Yablonsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian State Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877-1878; Russia 
9.
Songs (7), Op. 47: no 7, Was I not a little blade of grass? by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Dinara Alieva (Soprano)
Conductor:  Dmitry Yablonsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian State Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Russia 
10.
Songs (7), Op. 47: no 1, If I had only known by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Dinara Alieva (Soprano)
Conductor:  Dmitry Yablonsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian State Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Russia 

Sound Samples

14 Songs, Op. 34: No. 14. Vocalise in E minor (version for voice and orchestra)
The Queen of Spades, Op. 68: Act I: Otkuda eti slyozi (Why do you flow, my tears), "Lisa's Aria"
Tsarskaya nevesta (The Tsar's Bride): Act II: Aria: V Novgorode (In Novgorod)
Tsarskaya nevesta (The Tsar's Bride): Act IV: Ivan Sergeich (Ivan Sergeyevich)
6 Songs, Op. 4: No. 4. Ne poy, krasavitsa (Do not sing to me, my beauty) (arr. R. Stepanyan for voice and orchestra)
Francesca da Rimini, Op. 25: Scene 2: O, ne riday, moy Paolo (Oh, do not weep, my Paolo), "Francesca's Aria"
The Queen of Spades, Op. 68: Act III: Uzh polnoch blizitsya ... Akh, istomilas' ya (Midnight is near ... I am tired), "Lisa's Aria"
7 Romances, Op. 47: No. 1. Kabi znala ya (Had I known) (arr. O. Dimitriadi for voice and orchestra)
7 Romances, Op. 47: No. 7. Ya li v pole da ne travushka bila? (Was I not a little blade of grass?) (version for voice and orchestra): 7 Romances, Op. 47: No. 7. Ya li v pole da ne travushka bila? (Was I not a blade of grass in the field?) (version for voice and orchestra)
Eugene Onegin, Op. 24: Act I: Puskay pogibnu ja (Even if it means I perish), "Letter Scene"

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