Shostakovich, Mussorgsky / Galina Vishnevskaya

Release Date: 10/14/2010
Catalog Number: WAR 62830
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
...Vishnevskaya was an intense and rather individual vocalist whose approach to art songs emphasized the dramatic element. Mussorgsky’s Songs and Dances of Death...is a powerful and highly personal account of this exceptional cycle. Admittedly, influenced by the now-historical accounts of Boris Christoff and George London, I prefer the sound of a dark bass-baritone in this music, and I am also partial to the piano-accompanied version of the cycle, though the Shostakovich orchestration used here is highly effective. In the opening “Lullaby,” Death’s ominous yet calming presence is tellingly caught. The ghostly “Serenade” comes to a shattering end, while in the “Trepak” parlando effects are used for interesting contrast. “The Field Marshal,” too, is full of evocative theatrical detail, with a rousing climax...

-- George Jellinek, FANFARE [3/2004]
Works on This Recording
1. Satires (5), Op. 109 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer: Galina Vishnevskaya (Soprano), Mstislav Rostropovich (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1960 ; USSR
2. Songs and dances of death by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer: Galina Vishnevskaya (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1875-1877 ; Russia
3. Songs (7) for Soprano, Violin, Cello and Piano, Op. 127 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer: Galina Vishnevskaya (Soprano), Vasso Devetsi (Piano), Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello), Ulf Hoelscher (Violin)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1967 ; USSR
4. Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk district, Op 29: Time for bed by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer: Galina Vishnevskaya (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1930-1932 ; USSR
5. Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk district, Op 29: The foal runs after the filly by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer: Galina Vishnevskaya (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1930-1932 ; USSR
6. Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk district, Op 29: Who is there? by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer: Galina Vishnevskaya (Soprano), Nicolai Gedda (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1930-1932 ; USSR
7. Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk district, Op 29: I'll be going by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer: Galina Vishnevskaya (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1930-1932 ; USSR
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