WGBH Radio WGBH Radio theclassicalstation.org

Mussorgsky: Songs Vol 2 / Sergei Leiferkus, Semion Skigin


Release Date: 07/13/1998 
Label:  Conifer   Catalog #: 51248   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Sergei LeiferkusSemeon Skigin
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 59 Mins. 

Low Stock: Currently 3 or fewer in stock. Usually ships in 24 hours, unless stock becomes depleted.  

This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Leiferkus so much enjoys singing. That's evident from first to last on this, the second instalment of his absolutely riveting account of Mussorgsky's songs. His success here, even more than in Vol. 1, is based on his amazing variety of tone colour and textual inflexion. The singer who is so embittered, so biting in a big, baritonal manner for projecting the harshness in "Not like thunder" dissolves into the warm, all-enveloping, bass-like interpreter of "Softly the spirit flew up to heaven," one of the composer's most melodically inspired songs. Then in the next song, another voice, another character is met as Leiferkus catches to perfection the heroic irony of Pride.

In "The vision," and again
Read more in the Schumannesque "From my tears," we hear a lyrically vibrant baritone, dispensing an appropriately erotic charge so strongly contrasting with the deliberately light, almost mincing tone employed to convey the sharp satire of The classicist. The grand passion of that Cossack lament, "On the Dnieper," and the extrovert good cheer of "The feast" are further triumphs – and all that is before we reach his reading of the Sunless cycle, where Leiferkus sounds suitably world-weary as he plumbs the depths of this profoundly depressing work.

In everything his confident and pointed delivery of the text is exemplary yet verbal histrionics never get in the way of good singing. With Skigin once again a wonderfully responsive partner and a recording that improves, in terms of intimacy, on that of Vol. 1, no more need be said except to recommend this disc unreservedly and urge you to acquire it.

-- Alan Blyth, Gramophone 12/1995
Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Cruel Death: Epitaph by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone), Semeon Skigin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 04/1995 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Petersham, Surrey 
Length: 3 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
2. The misunderstood one by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Semeon Skigin (Piano), Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 04/1995 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Petersham, Surrey 
Length: 2 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
3. Misfortune by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Semeon Skigin (Piano), Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 04/1995 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Petersham, Surrey 
Length: 2 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
4. The Spirit of Heaven by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Semeon Skigin (Piano), Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 04/1995 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Petersham, Surrey 
Length: 2 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
5. Pride by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone), Semeon Skigin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; Russia 
Date of Recording: 04/1995 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Petersham, Surrey 
Length: 2 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
6. Is spinning man's work? by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone), Semeon Skigin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; Russia 
Date of Recording: 04/1995 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Petersham, Surrey 
Length: 2 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
7. The vision by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone), Semeon Skigin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; Russia 
Date of Recording: 04/1995 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Petersham, Surrey 
Length: 2 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
8. Trouble by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Semeon Skigin (Piano), Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 04/1995 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Petersham, Surrey 
Length: 2 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
9. On the Dnieper by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Semeon Skigin (Piano), Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866/1879; Russia 
Date of Recording: 04/1995 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Petersham, Surrey 
Length: 6 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
10. Eremushka's Lullaby by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Semeon Skigin (Piano), Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Russia 
Date of Recording: 04/1995 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Petersham, Surrey 
Length: 3 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
11. The feast by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Semeon Skigin (Piano), Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Russia 
Date of Recording: 04/1995 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Petersham, Surrey 
Length: 2 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
12. The classicist by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Semeon Skigin (Piano), Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Russia 
Date of Recording: 04/1995 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Petersham, Surrey 
Length: 3 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
13. From my tears by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Semeon Skigin (Piano), Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866; Russia 
Date of Recording: 04/1995 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Petersham, Surrey 
Length: 2 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
14. Sunless by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Semeon Skigin (Piano), Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Russia 
Date of Recording: 04/1995 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Petersham, Surrey 
Length: 19 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: Russian 

Customer Reviews

Be the first to review this title
Review This Title
Review This Title Share on Facebook