Dmitri Hvorostovsky: Portrait

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Barnes & Noble - Scott Paulin
One of the most popular opera singers to emerge from the former Soviet Union, baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky is equally recognizable for his striking mane of prematurely silver hair and for the dark lyricism of his voice. In this two-disc sampler of his recordings -- mostly dating from the 1990s -- Hvorostovsky is heard to great effect in a wide variety of material, split almost equally between Russian and Italian music. Despite his heritage, the latter is just as indispensable to his artistry as the former. Verdi's baritone roles suit Hvorostovsky's instrument to perfection, whether it's the paternal Germont's "Di Provenza il mar" from La Traviata or Rodrigo's dying ...
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Barnes & Noble - Scott Paulin
One of the most popular opera singers to emerge from the former Soviet Union, baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky is equally recognizable for his striking mane of prematurely silver hair and for the dark lyricism of his voice. In this two-disc sampler of his recordings -- mostly dating from the 1990s -- Hvorostovsky is heard to great effect in a wide variety of material, split almost equally between Russian and Italian music. Despite his heritage, the latter is just as indispensable to his artistry as the former. Verdi's baritone roles suit Hvorostovsky's instrument to perfection, whether it's the paternal Germont's "Di Provenza il mar" from La Traviata or Rodrigo's dying words from Don Carlos. But the earlier bel canto arias of Bellini and Donizetti are just as mellifluous here, making palpable the influence of the Italian composers upon Russian opera. From the latter repertoire, naturally, come many of this set's essential highlights, including the incomparably ardent lyrical outbursts from Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin and Queen of Spades, and a rich characterization from Rubinstein's The Demon. Also of note is a heartrending duet with mezzo-soprano Olga Borodina from Rimsky-Korsakov's The Tsar's Bride -- a track which also happens to be featured on the Borodina Portrait released simultaneously with this one. The second disc here is even wider-ranging: Russian folk and art songs, including Mussorgsky's potent Songs and Dances of Death, plus a detour to the Italian Baroque. Culling many of the finest recorded performances from a very strong career, this Portrait is extremely attractive yet absolutely true to life.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/16/2006
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 028947576433
  • Catalog Number: 000639802
  • Sales rank: 70,250

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 La Traviata, opera: Di Provenza il mar (Who erased from your heart the - Giuseppe Verdi & Valery Gergiev (4:41)
  2. 2 Il Trovatore, opera: Il balen del suo sorriso (The lightning flash of h - Giuseppe Verdi & Valery Gergiev (3:35)
  3. 3 Don Carlo, opera: Per mi giunto...O Carlo, ascolta (This is my last - Giuseppe Verdi & Valery Gergiev (6:25)
  4. 4 Il barbière di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville), opera: Largo al factotum (Make way for factotum) - Gioachino Rossini & Dmitri Hvorostovsky (5:01)
  5. 5 L'elisir d'amore, opera: Com Paride vezzoso (As Paris, that charming man) - Gaetano Donizetti & Dmitri Hvorostovsky (3:12)
  6. 6 Lucia di Lammermoor, opera: Cruda, funesta smania (Cruel, deadly frenzy) - Gaetano Donizetti & Dmitri Hvorostovsky (4:11)
  7. 7 I Puritani, opera: Or dove fuggo...Ah! Per sempre io ti perdei (Now w - Vicenzo Bellini & Dmitri Hvorostovsky (4:57)
  8. 8 Don Pasquale, opera: Bella siccome un angelo (Beautiful as an angel) - Gaetano Donizetti & Dmitri Hvorostovsky (3:09)
  9. 9 Eugene Onegin, opera, Op. 24: Vy mne pisali...Kogda by zhizn domashnim krugom (Y - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Valery Gergiev (5:33)
  10. 10 Eugene Onegin, opera, Op. 24: Uzhel ta samaya Tatyana (Can this really be the sa - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Valery Gergiev (2:21)
  11. 11 Pique Dame (The Queen of Spades), opera, Op. 68: Vy tak pechalny, dorogaya (You are so sad, my dear - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Valery Gergiev (5:48)
  12. 12 Iolanta, opera, Op. 69: Kto mozhet sravnitsa s Matildoyu moyei (Who can co - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Valery Gergiev (2:41)
  13. 13 The Demon (Der Dämon), opera: Na vozdushnom okeane (On the ocean of the air) - Anton Rubinstein & Valery Gergiev (4:42)
  14. 14 Sadko, opera in 3 (or 5) acts: Gorod kamennyi (Towne of stone) - Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov & Valery Gergiev (5:16)
  15. 15 The Tsar's Bride (Tsarskaya nevesta), opera in 4 acts: S uma neidyot krasavitsa! (Still the beauty haunts - Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov & Valery Gergiev (5:22)
  16. 16 The Tsar's Bride (Tsarskaya nevesta), opera in 4 acts: Zachem ty? (What do you want?) - Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov & Valery Gergiev (8:50)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Serse (Xerxes), opera, HWV 40: Frondi tenere e belle...Ombra mai fu (Tender and l - George Frideric Handel & Neville Marriner (3:55)
  2. 2 Orfeo ed Euridice (Italian version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 30: Che farò senza Euridice? (What shall I do without - Christoph Willibald Gluck & Neville Marriner (4:16)
  3. 3 Tito Manlio (I), opera in 3 acts, RV 738: Se il cor guerriero (If a warlike heart) - Antonio Vivaldi & Neville Marriner (3:01)
  4. 4 La Costanza in amor, opera: Selve amiche (Friendly woods) - Antonio Caldara & Neville Marriner (2:53)
  5. 5 Caro mio ben - Tommaso Giordani & Neville Marriner (3:15)
  6. 6 Georgian Song ("Do not Sing, My Beauty"), for voice & piano, Op. 4/4 - Sergey Rachmaninov & Oleg Boshniakovich (4:22)
  7. 7 In the silence of the secret night, song for voice & piano, Op. 4/3 - Sergey Rachmaninov & Oleg Boshniakovich (2:43)
  8. 8 None but the lonely heart, song for voice & piano, Op. 6/6 - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Oleg Boshniakovich (3:13)
  9. 9 O, if only you could for a moment, song for voice & piano, Op. 38/4 - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Mikhail Arkadiev (2:01)
  10. 10 Solitude (Again, as before, alone), song for voice & piano, Op. 73/6 - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Oleg Boshniakovich (2:31)
  11. 11–14 Songs & Dances of Death (Pesni y plyaski smerti; 4), song cycle for voice & orchestra, orchestration by Shostakovich - Modest Mussorgsky & Valery Gergiev (18:50)
  12. 12 Larmes (Tears - Russia's War), for choir & orchestra: Tränen (Blood Upon The Snow) - Dmitri Hvorostovsky & Stanislas Syrewicz (3:12)
  13. 13 My box is full - Russian Traditional & Dmitri Hvorostovsky (3:42)
  14. 14 Elegia "Kagda, dusha" - Russian Traditional & Dmitri Hvorostovsky (6:10)
  15. 15 Dark eyes ("Ochi chornye," "Black Eyes"), folksong - Russian Traditional & Dmitri Hvorostovsky (2:18)
  16. 16 Kalinka (Little Snowfall), folk song - St. Petersburg Chamber Choir & Russian Traditional (4:02)
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