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Mussorgsky: Songs Vol 4 / Sergei Leiferkus, Semion Skigin


Release Date: 04/29/2008 
Label:  Conifer   Catalog #: 51274   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Sergei LeiferkusSemeon SkiginVovka Ashkenazy
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 13 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

This recording received a 1998 "Critic's Choice" award from Gramophone magazine.

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As AB has pointed out, reviewing previous volumes in this series (2/95, 12/95 and 12/96), Leiferkus enjoys himself immensely with Mussorgsky’s songs; and this is infectious. The range of colour he displays would be self-indulgent, were it not for the fact that the nature of many of them demands a dramatic identification. Moreover, the artist who can lull the senses with such beautiful warmth of tone in Night or Evening song or The wanderer has not only the right but really the duty to throw it to one side for the bawling of the energetically faithless wife in Gopak (with wonderfully exuberant playing by the
Read more ever-admirable Semion Skigin), or the termagant’s screeching tirade of “Akh, ti” at the homecoming drunkard (clearly long past realizing what is breaking over his head as the torrent of abuse reaches climax after climax). There is a sharper edge and a lightening of tone for The magpie, and a very cleverly judged irony in the sweetness as in Gathering mushrooms it dawns on the listener that the crop being picked is poisoned, and destined for use in the near future. The taunting of the old woman in The ragamuffin, one of Mussorgsky’s most brilliant tours de force, is a real piece of virtuosity, above all because Leiferkus and Skigin exactly understand the nature of the realism that produces such original and unforgettable music and have the technique and artistry to bring it fully to life. This makes regrettable the one questionable artistic decision in the recital, when Leiferkus sings the first verse of Child’s song in mock-childish tones, the second with the rueful gravity of a grown-up, even adding a lugubrious sigh. The poem can stand the meaning this confers on it, but realism here falls into mimicry, and there is a crucial difference.

With the towering exception of Pictures at an Exhibition, Mussorgsky’s piano music is of little account, consisting of either salon musings like Une larme and Meditation or genre pieces with some Russian melodic colouring. The most interesting is the Intermezzo in modo classico, inspired by a peasant scene and demonstrating that he was only really inspired by words or imagery. Vovka Ashkenazy plays them gracefully and lightly. But it is for the songs that this splendid record is to be enjoyed.

-- Gramophone [5/1997]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Where art thou, little star? by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone), Semeon Skigin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857/1858; Russia 
Date of Recording: 06/1996 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Petersham, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
2.
Night by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone), Semeon Skigin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1864/1868; Russia 
Date of Recording: 06/1996 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Petersham, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
3.
Hopak by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone), Semeon Skigin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866/1868; Russia 
Date of Recording: 06/1996 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Petersham, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
4.
You drunken sot! by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Semeon Skigin (Piano), Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866; Russia 
Date of Recording: 06/1996 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Petersham, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
5.
The orphan by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Semeon Skigin (Piano), Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Russia 
Date of Recording: 06/1996 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Petersham, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
6.
The magpie by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Semeon Skigin (Piano), Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Russia 
Date of Recording: 06/1996 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Petersham, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
7.
Child's song by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Semeon Skigin (Piano), Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Russia 
Date of Recording: 06/1996 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Petersham, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
8.
The ragamuffin by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Semeon Skigin (Piano), Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Russia 
Date of Recording: 06/1996 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Petersham, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
9.
Evening song by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Semeon Skigin (Piano), Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Russia 
Date of Recording: 06/1996 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Petersham, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
10.
Gathering mushrooms by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Semeon Skigin (Piano), Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Russia 
Date of Recording: 06/1996 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Petersham, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
11.
The wanderer by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Semeon Skigin (Piano), Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Russia 
Date of Recording: 06/1996 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Petersham, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
12.
The garden by the Don by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Semeon Skigin (Piano), Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Russia 
Date of Recording: 06/1996 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Petersham, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
13.
Hebrew song by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Semeon Skigin (Piano), Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Russia 
Date of Recording: 06/1996 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Petersham, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
14.
Meines Herzens Sehnsucht by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Semeon Skigin (Piano), Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1858; Russia 
Date of Recording: 06/1996 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Petersham, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 49 Secs. 
15.
Ich wollt' meine Schmerzen ergössen by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Semeon Skigin (Piano), Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866; Russia 
Date of Recording: 06/1996 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Petersham, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 23 Secs. 
16.
Méditation by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Vovka Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Russia 
Date of Recording: 11/1993 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Petersham, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 2 Secs. 
17.
On the southern shore of the Crimea by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Vovka Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Russia 
Date of Recording: 11/1993 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Petersham, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 9 Secs. 
18.
Near the southern shore of the Crimea by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Vovka Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1879; Russia 
Date of Recording: 11/1993 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Petersham, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 56 Secs. 
19.
Au village by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Vovka Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1880; Russia 
Date of Recording: 11/1993 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Petersham, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 31 Secs. 
20.
Intermezzo for Piano in B minor "in modo classico" by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Vovka Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1860-1861; Russia 
Date of Recording: 11/1993 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Petersham, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 2 Secs. 
21.
A Tear by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Vovka Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Russia 
Date of Recording: 11/1993 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Petersham, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 6 Secs. 
22.
Sorochintsy fair: Hopak by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Vovka Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 11/1993 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Petersham, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: Modest Mussorgsky
Composition written: Russia (1874 - 1880). 
23.
Impromptu passioné by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Vovka Ashkenazy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Russia 
Date of Recording: 11/1993 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Petersham, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 42 Secs. 
24.
The nettle mountain by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Semeon Skigin (Piano), Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Russia 
Date of Recording: 06/1996 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Petersham, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Language: Russian 

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