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A Russian Romance / Elena Kelessidi, Malcolm Martineau


Release Date: 11/11/2008 
Label:  Onyx   Catalog #: 4031   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Peter Ilyich TchaikovskyMikhail GlinkaNikolai Rimsky-KorsakovCésar Cui,   ... 
Performer:  Malcolm MartineauElena Kelessidi
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 59 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Elena Kelessidi is one of opera's most touching and fiery artists and the most international Greek soprano of today. Here she makes her recital debut with this heartfelt programme of songs from a country whose language is natural to her. Born in Kazakhstan of Greek parentage, Kelessidi sprang to International attention in 1996 when she made a highly auspicious stage debut at London's Royal Opera House as Violetta in La traviata and was hailed as an important new discovery by the British musical press. She has returned to sing with the Royal Opera every year since and graced every important world opera house including Paris, the Met, Berlin and Vienna. Her signature roles apart from Violetta are Mimi in La Boheme and Liu in Turandot. Elena's Read more programme runs the gamut of Russian song, from Glinka and Rimsky-Korsakov, some familiar songs from Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov through to some real discoveries from Cui, Darghomyzhsky and the 20th century composer Vladmir Vlasov. Elena's pianist is the ever-superb Malcolm Martineau, also appearing this month on ONYX in Susan Graham's recital, with previous ONYX releases from Amanda Roocroft and Barbara Bonney and a forthcoming recital from the outstanding Austrian bass-baritone Florian Boesch. Advertising in Gramophone and BBC Music Magazine Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Songs (6), Op. 16: no 1, Cradle song by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Malcolm Martineau (Piano), Elena Kelessidi (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Length: 3 Minutes 46 Secs. 
2.
Songs (6), Op. 38: no 3, Amid the din of the ball by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Elena Kelessidi (Soprano), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Russia 
3.
Songs (7), Op. 47: no 1, If I had only known by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Malcolm Martineau (Piano), Elena Kelessidi (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Russia 
Length: 4 Minutes 31 Secs. 
4.
To forget so soon by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Malcolm Martineau (Piano), Elena Kelessidi (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1870; Russia 
Length: 3 Minutes 2 Secs. 
5.
Songs (7), Op. 47: no 7, Was I not a little blade of grass? by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Malcolm Martineau (Piano), Elena Kelessidi (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Russia 
Length: 6 Minutes 1 Secs. 
6.
The fire of longing burns in my heart by Mikhail Glinka
Performer:  Malcolm Martineau (Piano), Elena Kelessidi (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Russia 
Length: 1 Minutes 15 Secs. 
7.
Do not tempt me needlessly by Mikhail Glinka
Performer:  Malcolm Martineau (Piano), Elena Kelessidi (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825; Russia 
Length: 2 Minutes 41 Secs. 
8.
To the Zither by Mikhail Glinka
Performer:  Elena Kelessidi (Soprano), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
9.
Tell me, Maiden by Mikhail Glinka
Performer:  Malcolm Martineau (Piano), Elena Kelessidi (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Length: 2 Minutes 13 Secs. 
10.
Songs (4), Op. 40: no 3, Of what I dream in the quiet night by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Elena Kelessidi (Soprano), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897; Russia 
11.
Songs (4), Op. 2: no 2, Enslaved by the rose, the nightingale by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Malcolm Martineau (Piano), Elena Kelessidi (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866; Russia 
Length: 2 Minutes 45 Secs. 
12.
In spring, Op. 43: no 4, Early spring by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Elena Kelessidi (Soprano), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897; Russia 
13.
Romances (7), Op. 49: no 1, I touched a flower by César Cui
Performer:  Elena Kelessidi (Soprano), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
14.
I loved you by Alexander Dargomizhsky
Performer:  Elena Kelessidi (Soprano), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840s; Russia 
15.
Yunosha i deva (A girl and a boy) by Alexander Dargomizhsky
Performer:  Elena Kelessidi (Soprano), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841-1842; Russia 
16.
The Fountain of Bakhchisarai by Vladimir A. Vlasov
Performer:  Malcolm Martineau (Piano), Elena Kelessidi (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 3 Minutes 53 Secs. 
17.
Songs (6), Op. 4: no 4, Sing not to me, beautiful maiden by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Malcolm Martineau (Piano), Elena Kelessidi (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Russia 
Length: 4 Minutes 27 Secs. 
18.
Songs (12), Op. 21: no 5, Lilacs by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Malcolm Martineau (Piano), Elena Kelessidi (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; Russia 
Length: 1 Minutes 49 Secs. 
19.
Songs (6), Op. 8: no 4, I have grown fond of sorrow by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Malcolm Martineau (Piano), Elena Kelessidi (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Russia 
Length: 2 Minutes 13 Secs. 
20.
Songs (15), Op. 26: no 9, Again I am alone by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Elena Kelessidi (Soprano), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1906; Russia 
21.
Songs (6), Op. 38: no 3, Daisies by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Elena Kelessidi (Soprano), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1916; Russia 
22.
Songs (12), Op. 14: no 1, I wait for thee by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Malcolm Martineau (Piano), Elena Kelessidi (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; Russia 
Length: 1 Minutes 45 Secs. 
23.
My harp by Mikhail Glinka
Performer:  Malcolm Martineau (Piano), Elena Kelessidi (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1824/1855; Russia 
Length: 3 Minutes 28 Secs. 
24.
In spring, Op. 43: no 2, Not the wind, blowing from the heights by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Elena Kelessidi (Soprano), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897; Russia 
Length: 1 Minutes 42 Secs. 
25.
I still love him by Alexander Dargomizhsky
Performer:  Elena Kelessidi (Soprano), Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1850; Russia 
Length: 2 Minutes 9 Secs. 

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