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Shostakovich: Suite on Poems by Michelangelo; Liszt: Petrarca Sonnets / Hvorostovsky, Ilja

Liszt / Hvorostovsky,Dmitri / Ilja,Ivari
Release Date: 11/13/2015 
Label:  Ondine   Catalog #: 1277   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Dmitri ShostakovichFranz Liszt
Performer:  Dmitri HvorostovskyIvari Ilja
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Dmitri Hvorostovsky's fourth release on Ondine features a program of rarely recorded sonnets by Dmitri Shostakovich and Franz Liszt. Hvorostovsky is accompanied by his longtime duo partner, the Estonian pianist Ivari Ilja. Shostakovich's sonnets, considered one of the achievements of contemporary Russian vocal music, were composed as his health worsened and are filled with ruminations on mortality. Liszt's sonnets are based on love poems by the Italian Renaissance writer Petrarch. Both Hvorostovsky and Ilja brin great empathy to these compositions, matching the contemplative nature of both with quietly powerful and confident performances.

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Hvorostovsky offers searching readings of Shostakovich's rugged, jagged songs which are full of resignation and bittersweet regret, of loss and separation. There are few things finer than Hvorostovsky in full flight and Liszt’s Petrarch Sonnets allow him the chance to open up the Italianate warmth in his baritone, with impassioned accounts, especially of Sonnet 47.

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Works on This Recording

Suite on Poems of Michelangelo Buonarroti, Op. 145: Morning by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone), Ivari Ilja (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1974; USSR 
Petrarch Sonnets (3), S 270 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone), Ivari Ilja (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839/1861; Switzerland 

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