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Sviridov: Russia Cast Adrift; Rachmaninov: Songs / Dmitri Hvorostovsky


Release Date: 06/11/1996 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 446666   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Sergei RachmaninovGyorgy Sviridov
Performer:  Mikhail ArkadievDmitri Hvorostovsky
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 55 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

If Georgy Sviridov (b1915) chafed under the musical restrictions of the Soviet regime, he never said so. One of his preferred media has been solo song, where official pressure was not at its heaviest. A cycle of 12 songs, Russia Cast Adrift, proves him a composer of individuality and strength, some striking chordal formations bursting out of an old-fashioned style. The texts – with some enigmatic religious references – are by Yesenin, a notable poet who committed suicide in 1925. Hvorostovsky, excellently partnered by Mikhail Arkadiev at the piano, gives a fine-grained delivery with exceptional command of pianissimo. Nine Rachmaninov songs reap no less artistry in performance, but a few more could easily have been added to augment the total Read more timing. No complaints of short span attend the latest Chandos disc, the second of three presenting all Rachmaninov’s songs in chronological order and ‘sung in the original voices’ (though in one case, oddly, a mezzo-soprano sings a man’s farewell). Often the most characteristic and emotionally attractive aspects of the composer’s style are touched: those who relish the piano concertos will surely not resist ‘Zdes’ khorosho’ (‘How peaceful here’). With the same admirable singers and pianist as in Vol. 1 (reviewed in April), the contrasted vocal registers enhance the sequence.

Performance: 5 (out of 5), Sound: 5 (out of 5)

-- Arthur Jacobs, BBC Music Magazine


This is not just an important addition to the Russian baritone's impressive discography, but a welcome introduction to a contemporary Russian composer, Gerogii Sviridov. The latter's 1987 song cycle is a riveting, neo-romantic outpouring of deep feelings for Mother Russia, the power of nature and, perhaps between the lines, a yearning for freedom. Hvorostovsky gives the directly communicative music his all, with superb support from Arkadiev.

-- Tim Smith, South Florida Sun Sentinel Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Songs (12), Op. 21: no 7, How fair this spot by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Mikhail Arkadiev (Piano), Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Language: Russian 
2.
Songs (15), Op. 26: no 15, All things pass by by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Mikhail Arkadiev (Piano), Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1906; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Language: Russian 
3.
Songs (12), Op. 21: no 4, They answered by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Mikhail Arkadiev (Piano), Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Language: Russian 
4.
Songs (6), Op. 4: no 5, Oh thou, my field by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Mikhail Arkadiev (Piano), Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Language: Russian 
5.
Songs (12), Op. 14: no 7, Believe me not by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone), Mikhail Arkadiev (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Language: Russian 
6.
Songs (12), Op. 14: no 1, I wait for thee by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone), Mikhail Arkadiev (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Language: Russian 
7.
Night by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Mikhail Arkadiev (Piano), Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Language: Russian 
8.
Songs (15), Op. 26: no 12, Night is mournful by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Mikhail Arkadiev (Piano), Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1906; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Language: Russian 
9.
Songs (15), Op. 26: no 9, Again I am alone by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone), Mikhail Arkadiev (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1906; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Language: Russian 
10.
Cast off Russia by Gyorgy Sviridov
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone), Mikhail Arkadiev (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1977; USSR 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Language: Russian 

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