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Internationally acclaimed Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky was born and studied in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia. In 1989, he won the prestigious Cardiff Singer of the World Competition. From the start, audiences were bowled over by his cultivated voice, innate sense of musical line and natural legato. After his Western operatic debut at the Nice Opera in Tchaikovsky’s Pique Dame, his career ... Read more in Amazon's Dmitri Hvorostovsky Store

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  • Conductor: None
  • Composer: Sergei Rachmaninov
  • Audio CD (31 Jan. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Ondine
  • ASIN: B006CAXQ6M
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Listen  1. 15 Songs, Op. 26: No. 3. Mi otdokhnyom (We shall rest) 2:35£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Ti pomnish' li vecher (Do you remember the evening?) 3:02£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. 6 Songs, Op. 4: No. 1. O net, molyu, ne ukhodi (Oh no, I beg you, do not leave!) 1:52£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. 6 Songs, Op. 4: No. 2. Utro (Morning) 2:31£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. 6 Songs, Op. 4: No. 3. V molchan'i nochi taynoy (In the silence of the mysterious night) 2:54£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. 6 Songs, Op. 4: No. 5. Uzh ti, niva moya (Oh you, my corn field!) 4:49£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. 6 Songs, Op. 8 (text by H. Heine): No. 2. Ditya kak tsvetok ti prekrasna (My child, you are beautiful as a flower) 2:16£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. 6 Songs, Op. 8 (text by H. Heine): No. 5. Son (A dream) 1:34£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. 12 Songs, Op. 14: No. 4. Ya bil u ney (I was with her) 1:31£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen10. 12 Songs, Op. 14: No. 1. Ya zhdu tebya (I am waiting for you) 2:01£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen11. 12 Songs, Op. 14: No. 7: Ne ver' mne, drug (Do not believe me, my friend) 1:44£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen12. 12 Songs, Op. 14: No. 9. Ona, kak polden', khorosha (She is as beautiful as noon) 3:09£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen13. 12 Songs, Op. 14: No. 11. Vesenniye vodi (Spring waters) 2:18£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen14. 12 Songs, Op. 14: No. 10. V moyey dushe (In my soul) 3:12£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen15. 12 Songs, Op. 14: No. 12. Pora (It is time!) 2:02£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen16. 12 Songs, Op. 21: No. 4. Oni otvechali (They replied) 2:01£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen17. 12 Songs, Op. 21: No. 6. Otrivok iz A. Myusse (An excerpt from Alfred de Musset) 2:14£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen18. 12 Songs, Op. 21 (text by G. Galina): No. 7. Zdes' khorosho (How nice this place is) 2:13£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen19. 12 Songs, Op. 21 (text by G. Galina): No. 12. Kak mne bol'no no (How much it hurts) 1:54£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen20. 15 Songs, Op. 26: No. 2. Vsyo otnyal u menya (Everything I had) 1:29£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen21. 15 Songs, Op. 26: No. 13. Vchera mi vstretilis' (Yesterday we met) 2:55£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen22. 15 Songs, Op. 26: No. 15. Prokhodit vsyo (Everything passes) 2:11£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen23. 15 Songs, Op. 26: No. 12. Noch' pechal'na (Sad night) 2:30£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen24. 15 Songs, Op. 26: No. 9. Ya opyat' odinok (Once again, I am alone) 2:08£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen25. U vrat obiteli svyatoy (At the gates of the holy cloister) 3:39£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen26. 15 Songs, Op. 26: No. 6. Khristos voskres (Christ is risen!) 3:26£0.59  Buy MP3 

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For his first CD release on Ondine, star baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky has chosen art song repertoire of great intensity and emotion from his Russian home country. The 26 romances by Sergei Rachmaninov on this disc include such popular songs as Spring waters, op.14/11 or In the silence of the mysterious night, op.4/3. Together with his longstanding duo partner, Estonian pianist Ivari Ilja, they have frequently performed many of these songs to great critical acclaim (Mr. Hvorostovsky used the infinite shadings of his luxuriously dark and dusky voice to illuminate the yearning nuances of bitterness and regret. [] his admirable range of expressive and dynamic shadings [was] aptly mirrored by Ivari Ilja, an exemplary accompanist.. The New York Times, 5 April 2008). Dmitri Hvorostovsky is recognized as one of the leading and most charismatic baritones of our time, performing internationally at such opera houses as the New York Met, and partnering regularly with singers Renée Fleming and Jonas Kaufmann. Dmitri Hvorostovsky recently signed to Ondine. He has released numerous highly successful CD and DVD recordings on such labels as Deutsche Grammophon, Philips, and Delos.

Review

This recording should come with the warning "too hot to handle", such is the combustible combination of Dmitri Hvorostovsky's heroic baritone with the flaming passion of intensely romantic Russian poetry. Rachmaninov wrote more than 80 settings, each a miniature drama and more often than not a story of heartbreak; put 26 of them together, as in this selection, and the listener is left quite drained but also lost in wonder at the beauty of the melodic line. Highlights include trademark Rachmaninov harmonies in "Do not believe me, my friend" and "Yesterday we met" and some virtuosic piano writing in "Spring Waters", played with elan by Hvorostovsky's longtime collaborator, Ivari Ilja. --Observer,05/02/12

Hvorostovsky's lyric baritone has darkened as he has moved from Mozartian aristos and Tchaikovsky's tormented young lovers to Verdian father figures, but it is now the ideal voice for these brooding songs of introspection and romantic disillusionment. An hour or more of this undeniably great music could be depressing, but Hvorostovsky, still in glorious voice and always to hear in his own language, sings in the Silence of the Mysterious Night with rapt concentration, She Is as beautiful as Noon with romantic exultation, and the songs of loss-How Much It Hurts, Everything I Had, Everything Passes-with a dark Russian despair. Ilja matches Hvorostovsky's heart-and-soul singing in his playing. --Sunday Times,05/02/12

The great Russian baritone has recorded many of these songs earlier in his career, but he returns to them here at the peak of his artistry and technique.The travails and tragedie of love dominate the subject matter creating a mood that is rarely les than melancholy, but such is Rachmaninov's inexhaustible gift for melody and Hvorotovsky's power and commitment, complemented by Ivari Ilja's tumultous pianism , that monotony is avoided and the overall effect of the recital is overwhelming.**** --Daily Telegraph,25/02/12

He is still a full-throated, virile baritone of great beauty, capable of dramatic declaration. --IRR,Mar'12

Hvorostovsky opens up these Rachmaninov songs with operatic fortissimos that add stature to the music as well as with pianissimos that convey depths of quiet terror, both of which were quite beyond the grasp of his younger self. --Gramophone,Apr'12

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ralph Moore TOP 50 REVIEWER on 18 Mar. 2012
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Now in his fiftieth year, Dmitri Hvorostovsky has been singing internationally for almost a quarter of a century, so it would be reasonable to expect some small signs of wear in his vibrant baritone. There is perhaps now a trace of roughness in the voice where before all was smooth, uninterrupted tone and the top can become decidedly a little rocky when he leans into the note but all in all his baritone remains in remarkably fine shape. The bottom notes are dark and resonant, the middle only a little grainy when he sings mezza voce (as at the end of no.5) and the top G's continue to ring out thrillingly with only a hint of a flap. Any signs of stress are, in any case, hardly inappropriate in music as desperately passionate as this.

Perhaps it is too much to listen to the whole programme at one sitting, given that the preponderance of the music is so melancholy and soul-sifting in that famous Russian idiom. I don't say that there is a lack of variety in the programme, especially when both singer and pianist interpret with such commitment and passion and Rachmaninov's melodic gifts are in such evidence but over an hour of such intensity can be wearing. My favourite items so far are the mounting ecstasy of the second song, "Do you remember, the evening?", the haunting "She is as beautiful as the moon", opening with strummed arpeggios reminiscent of Schubert's "Dioskuren" and continuing with melismatas in a distinctly Polovstian minor mode, and "In the silence of the mysterious night" climaxing with a magnificent G-flat and a long-breathed piano D to conclude. I also love the dignified restraint of no.6, so Russian with its rolling underlay and punctuating chords, building to a great cry of pain.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Rufina Noor on 28 Feb. 2012
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One may endlessly describe music with words,but only those may feel it`s beauty and depth,who are able to hear it within themselves.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Potent Rachmaninov 17 April 2012
By Due Fuss - Published on Amazon.com
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A superb disc all around. Hvorostovsky's voice is powerful and beautiful, his musicianship is top-notch, and his interpretations are probing. His partner, Ivari Ilja, does an excellent job accompanying and the effort is rewarded with a beautiful recording that highlights nuance and avoids the tiresome fate of too much reverb, which too often ruins many classical recordings. A show that is well worth the entrance fee!
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Powerful and passionate 18 Mar. 2012
By Ralph Moore - Published on Amazon.com
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Now in his fiftieth year, Dmitri Hvorostovsky has been singing internationally for almost a quarter of a century, so it would be reasonable to expect some small signs of wear in his vibrant baritone. There is perhaps now a trace of roughness in the voice where before all was smooth, uninterrupted tone and the top can become decidedly a little rocky when he leans into the note but all in all his baritone remains in remarkably fine shape. The bottom notes are dark and resonant, the middle only a little grainy when he sings mezza voce (as at the end of no.5) and the top G's continue to ring out thrillingly with only a hint of a flap. Any signs of stress are, in any case, hardly inappropriate in music as desperately passionate as this.

Perhaps it is too much to listen to the whole programme at one sitting, given that the preponderance of the music is so melancholy and soul-sifting in that famous Russian idiom. I don't say that there is a lack of variety in the programme, especially when both singer and pianist interpret with such commitment and passion and Rachmaninov's melodic gifts are in such evidence but over an hour of such intensity can be wearing. My favourite items so far are the mounting ecstasy of the second song, "Do you remember, the evening?", the haunting "She is as beautiful as the moon", opening with strummed arpeggios reminiscent of Schubert's "Dioskuren" and continuing with melismatas in a distinctly Polovstian minor mode, and "In the silence of the mysterious night" climaxing with a magnificent G-flat and a long-breathed piano D to conclude. I also love the dignified restraint of no.6, so Russian with its rolling underlay and punctuating chords, building to a great cry of pain.

This is Hvorostovsky's first recording on the Finnish Ondine label, with whom he has signed a long-term contract, and although he has recorded some of these songs before, his voice is now perfectly weighted and his artistry honed by long experience sufficient to give them his finest interpretation. It helps to have a native speaker intone texts by some of Russia's greatest 19C Romantic poets. The recording is perfect; there is a lovely balance between the singing tone of the piano and the singer's sonorous baritone. Estonian pianist Ivari Ilja is Hvorostovsky's regular accompanist and plays wonderfully, with agogic freedom, shaded nuance and great variety of colour.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Hvorostovsky Excellence 30 Mar. 2013
By Stephen M. Bauman - Published on Amazon.com
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For all Hvorostovsky and classical singers fans. This series is extremely well recorded with beautiful heartfelt singing and interpretations. A "must" for all Hvorostovsky fans as well as fans of Rachmaninov/Russian music.

--Steve Bauman
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TRADITIONAL RUSSIAN SINGER IN XXI SENTURY 16 Jan. 2013
By Ula... - Published on Amazon.com
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Hvorostovsky sings by sincere open-exposed pure soul, lively-fervent serene heart. Fine Russian pronunciation; articulation and accent (without which singing have no power and not able to be identified as 'Russian'). His voice hold fascinating slowness, legato and cantabile. All these properties are inalienable quality of traditional Russian singing appeal.
These Hvorostovsky's 3 disks songs by Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov are beautiful supplement and extension of so well fair and favour many interpretations Russian singers bygone times. Just only mine memory increase here unique artistic additional words accent, wich had ownd E.K.Katulskaya and N.L.Dorliac, as B.R.Gmyrya's supermundane sublimity... (even in Rachmaninov's songs).
... Russian landscape are strangely addictive if a duo as good as Hvorostovsky and Ivari Illya are interpreting them 29 Aug. 2014
By Rosemary Scott - Published on Amazon.com
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Songs as bleak as the Russian landscape are strangely addictive if a duo as good as Hvorostovsky and Ivari Ilya are interpreting them. You have to work at it at first - reading the lyrics in Russian and translation, listening to and thinking about both the words and the marvellous piano accompaniment - but it's worth it to experience the magic of these beautiful songs.
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