What a discovery! I first saw Hvorostovsky on the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition in 1989(?)when he beat Bryn Terfel into second place - and I have never seen him since. Probably because, in the UK, Bryn, being Welsh, is made such a fuss of. But I have always remembered Dimitri's rendering of the Queen of Spades and how thrilling it was - and to hear it again, on here, it is just as special as it was all those years ago. His voice is rich and his breath control awesome. The mixing up of the classical with the Russian songs actually works, which surprised me. Give yourself a treat and buy this but, be warned, your other CDs may start gathering dust.