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Songs Of Borodin & Dargomïzhsky / Leiferkus, Skigin


Release Date: 04/24/2007 
Label:  Conifer   Catalog #: 51275   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Alexander BorodinAlexander Dargomizhsky
Performer:  Sergei LeiferkusSemeon SkiginLeonid Gorokhov
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Borodin’s songs have become better known in the West of late, and this recital should draw further attention to some beautiful and original music. Leiferkus includes about two-thirds of Borodin’s total output, and makes out a good case for their range by skilfully modifying tone and manner to each of their various needs. Perhaps he is rather overemphatic with Song of the dark forest, but it does help to set in contrast his charmingly tender handling of The sleeping princess and the warmth he brings to For the shores of thy far native land, skilfully invoking the richness of Schumann. The pretty girl no longer loves me is ruefully not tragically sung, with a sly tinge of irony.

Dargomizhsky, more of a Slavophile than Borodin,
Read more had the realism and the sharp wit to turn various poems into little dramatic sketches that depend more on sharp observation than on forms. The Titular Councillor who gets rejected paces away from the girl with an awkward dignity exactly caught in Semion Skigin’s stiff rhythms and Leiferkus’s mock dignity. Pushkin’s miller, drunkenly muddling his boots with a pair of buckets, lurches with a good deal less security. The worm who allows the Count’s attentions to his wife attracts a brilliant sarcasm. And nothing in this whole recital is more affecting than the handling of what is perhaps Dargomizhsky’s masterpiece among his songs, the scena in which the old corporal who has insulted a young popinjay of an officer stiffens up his comrades’ resolve and sets the pace as they march to where he must be shot. A last puff at his pipe, an angry rejection of a blindfold, and he wishes them a safe journey home. Leiferkus’s refusal of sentimentality, and Skigin’s quiet delivery of the very short postlude, say all that need be said.

-- John Warrack, Gramophone [12/1996]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Song of the dark forest by Alexander Borodin
Performer:  Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone), Semeon Skigin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Russia 
2.
Sleeping Princess by Alexander Borodin
Performer:  Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone), Semeon Skigin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Russia 
3.
The pretty girl no longer loves me by Alexander Borodin
Performer:  Semeon Skigin (Piano), Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone), Leonid Gorokhov (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1854; Russia 
4.
Fishermaiden by Alexander Borodin
Performer:  Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone), Semeon Skigin (Piano), Leonid Gorokhov (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1854; Russia 
5.
Listen to my song, little friend by Alexander Borodin
Performer:  Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone), Leonid Gorokhov (Cello), Semeon Skigin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1854; Russia 
6.
For the shores of thy far native land by Alexander Borodin
Performer:  Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone), Semeon Skigin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Russia 
7.
Pride by Alexander Borodin
Performer:  Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone), Semeon Skigin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884-1885; Russia 
8.
Arabian melody by Alexander Borodin
Performer:  Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone), Semeon Skigin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Russia 
9.
Septain by Alexander Borodin
Performer:  Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone), Semeon Skigin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; Russia 
10.
Those folk by Alexander Borodin
Performer:  Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone), Semeon Skigin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Russia 
11.
Sea Princess by Alexander Borodin
Performer:  Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone), Semeon Skigin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Russia 
12.
Deep down, I remember by Alexander Dargomizhsky
Performer:  Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone), Semeon Skigin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856; Russia 
13.
I am in love, my maiden my beauty by Alexander Dargomizhsky
Performer:  Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone), Semeon Skigin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1844; Russia 
14.
The worm by Alexander Dargomizhsky
Performer:  Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone), Semeon Skigin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1858; Russia 
15.
It is both tedious and sad by Alexander Dargomizhsky
Performer:  Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone), Semeon Skigin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Russia 
16.
The night zephyr stirs the air by Alexander Dargomizhsky
Performer:  Semeon Skigin (Piano), Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Russia 
17.
Bayu, bayushki, bayu "Lullaby" by Alexander Dargomizhsky
Performer:  Semeon Skigin (Piano), Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Russia 
18.
Titular councillor by Alexander Dargomizhsky
Performer:  Semeon Skigin (Piano), Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Russia 
19.
It's all the same to me by Alexander Dargomizhsky
Performer:  Semeon Skigin (Piano), Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Russia 
20.
Eastern romance by Alexander Dargomizhsky
Performer:  Semeon Skigin (Piano), Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1852; Russia 
21.
The old corporal by Alexander Dargomizhsky
Performer:  Semeon Skigin (Piano), Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857-1868; Russia 
22.
I am sad by Alexander Dargomizhsky
Performer:  Semeon Skigin (Piano), Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1848; Russia 
23.
The miller by Alexander Dargomizhsky
Performer:  Semeon Skigin (Piano), Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1850-1851; Russia 

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