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Tchaikovsky: Complete Songs Vol 3 / Kazarnovskaya, Orfenova


Release Date: 05/15/2001 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8555371   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Luba KazarnovskayaLubov Orfenova
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Volume 3 of Naxos' complete survey of Tchaikovsky's songs includes what is certainly his most well known, the popular "None but the lonely heart". But you won't find it anywhere on the track listing under that title. Instead, a more direct translation from the original German, "Nur wer die Sehnsucht", renders it as "Only he who knows longing" (admittedly not nearly as catchy a phrase). Regardless, Ljuba Kazarnovskaya's singing (of the Russian translation) enthralls past all textural considerations, bringing as she does a passionate intensity to the vocal line. She's pretty generous with this quality in the other songs as well, particularly the love-poems of "Do not ask", "The first meeting", Read more "Why?", and "The fearful minute" (an early indication of Tchaikovsky's future operatic prowess). Kazarnovskaya possesses a soprano rich in timbre and powerful in projection. She is fully in control of her instrument, capable of wonderfully delicate shadings in the more quiet passages.


The songs, compiled from various collections published 1869-87, deal primarily with affairs of the heart (with notable exceptions being "Serenade" and "Sleep"), and are elegiac in mood (there's no sturm und drang here). While on the surface this may seem to indicate monotony, Tchaikovsky's ever-ingenious melodic gift combined with Kazarnovskaya's ever-probing and emotive singing (and Ljuba Orfenova's sensitive accompaniments) make for a continually engaging program, one that you will no doubt play many times over. The recorded sound has wide dynamic range, but a little to much reverb at climaxes.
--Victor Carr Jr., ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Songs (6), Op. 6: no 3, Both painfully and sweetly by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Luba Kazarnovskaya (Soprano), Lubov Orfenova (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869; Russia 
Language: Russian 
2. My protector, my angel, my friend by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Luba Kazarnovskaya (Soprano), Lubov Orfenova (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1855; Russia 
Language: Russian 
3. Songs (6), Op. 57: no 6, Only thou alone by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Luba Kazarnovskaya (Soprano), Lubov Orfenova (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884; Russia 
Language: Russian 
4. Songs (6), Op. 57: no 3, Do not ask by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Luba Kazarnovskaya (Soprano), Lubov Orfenova (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884; Russia 
Language: Russian 
5. Songs (6), Op. 57: no 5, Death by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Luba Kazarnovskaya (Soprano), Lubov Orfenova (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884; Russia 
Language: Russian 
6. Songs (6), Op. 6: no 6, None but the lonely heart by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Luba Kazarnovskaya (Soprano), Lubov Orfenova (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869; Russia 
Language: Russian 
7. Songs (6), Op. 6: no 5, Why? by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Lubov Orfenova (Piano), Luba Kazarnovskaya (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869; Russia 
Language: Russian 
8. Songs (6), Op. 63: no 4, The first meeting by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Lubov Orfenova (Piano), Luba Kazarnovskaya (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Russia 
Language: Russian 
9. Songs (6), Op. 6: no 2, Not a word, O my friend by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Lubov Orfenova (Piano), Luba Kazarnovskaya (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869; Russia 
Language: Russian 
10. Songs (6), Op. 38: no 6, Pimpinella by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Lubov Orfenova (Piano), Luba Kazarnovskaya (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Russia 
Language: Italian 
11. Songs (7), Op. 47: no 4, Sleep, poor friend by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Lubov Orfenova (Piano), Luba Kazarnovskaya (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Russia 
Language: Russian 
12. Songs (6), Op. 63: no 2, I opened the window by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Lubov Orfenova (Piano), Luba Kazarnovskaya (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Russia 
Language: Russian 
13. Songs (6), Op. 63: no 5, The fires in the rooms were already out by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Lubov Orfenova (Piano), Luba Kazarnovskaya (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Russia 
Language: Russian 
14. Songs (6), Op. 63: no 6, O child, beneath thy window by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Lubov Orfenova (Piano), Luba Kazarnovskaya (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Russia 
Language: Russian 
15. Songs (6), Op. 28: no 3, Why did I dream of you? by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Luba Kazarnovskaya (Soprano), Lubov Orfenova (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875; Russia 
Language: Russian 
16. Songs (6), Op. 63: no 3, I do not please you? by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Luba Kazarnovskaya (Soprano), Lubov Orfenova (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Russia 
Language: Russian 
17. Songs (6), Op. 6: no 1, Do not believe, my friend by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Luba Kazarnovskaya (Soprano), Lubov Orfenova (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869; Russia 
Language: Russian 
18. Songs (6), Op. 28: no 6, The fearful minute by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Luba Kazarnovskaya (Soprano), Lubov Orfenova (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875; Russia 
Language: Russian 
19. Songs (6), Op. 57: no 4, Sleep by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Luba Kazarnovskaya (Soprano), Lubov Orfenova (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884; Russia 
Language: Russian 
20. Songs (6), Op. 63: no 1, I did not love you at first by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Lubov Orfenova (Piano), Luba Kazarnovskaya (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Russia 
Language: Russian 
21. Songs (6), Op. 57: no 2, On the golden cornfields by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Luba Kazarnovskaya (Soprano), Lubov Orfenova (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884; Russia 
Language: Russian 

Sound Samples

6 Romances, Op. 6: Both painfully and sweetly, Op. 6, No. 3
6 Romances, Op. 6: My genius, my angel, Op. 6, No. 3
6 Romances, Op. 57: Only you alone, Op. 57, No. 6
6 Romances, Op. 57: Do not ask, Op. 57, No. 3
6 Romances, Op. 57: Death, Op. 57, No. 5
6 Romances, Op. 6: No, only he who has known, Op. 6, No. 6
6 Romances, Op. 6: Why? Op. 6, No. 5
6 Romances, Op. 63: The first meeting, Op. 63, No. 4
6 Romances, Op. 6: Not a word, o my friend, Op. 6, No. 2
6 Romances, Op. 38: Pimpinella, Op. 38, No. 6
7 Romances, Op. 47: Sleep, poor friend, Op. 47, No. 4
6 Romances, Op. 63: I opined the window, Op. 63, No. 2
6 Romances, Op. 63: The fires in the room were already out, Op. 63, No. 5
6 Romances, Op. 63: Serenade, Op. 63, No. 6
6 Romances, Op. 28: Why did I dream of you? Op. 28, No. 3
6 Romances, Op. 63: I do not please you, Op. 63, No. 3
6 Romances, Op. 6: Do not believe, my friend, Op. 6, No. 1
6 Romances, Op. 28: No. 6. Strashnaya minuta (The Fearful Moment): The fearful minute, Op. 28, No. 6
6 Romances, Op. 57: Sleep, Op. 57, No. 4
6 Romances, Op. 63: I did not love you at first, Op. 63, No. 1
6 Romances, Op. 57: On the golden cornfields, Op. 57, No. 2

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