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Dmitri Hvorostovsky: Portrait
     

Dmitri Hvorostovsky: Portrait

by Dmitri Hvorostovsky
 
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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/16/2006
Label:
Decca
UPC:
0028947576433
catalogNumber:
000639802
Rank:
91335

Tracks

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

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