Vocalise: Russian Romances

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
In this continuation of his successful series of ?songs without words? ? songs for voice and piano transcribed for cello and piano ? Mischa Maisky left the Austro-Germanic repertoire he had previously explored behind and turned to the songs of his motherland in this disc of Russian songs called ?Vocalise.? For fans of Maisky?s earlier discs of Schubert, Mendelssohn and Brahms, no more needed to be said: the same sweetly singing tone, the same warm-hearted phrasing, the same vibrato, portamento and glissando that distinguished Maisky?s those discs was fully present here. From Glinka?s lighthearted ?The Lark? to Tchaikovsky?s aching ?None but the Lonely Heart? to Glazunov?s...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
In this continuation of his successful series of ‘songs without words’ – songs for voice and piano transcribed for cello and piano – Mischa Maisky left the Austro-Germanic repertoire he had previously explored behind and turned to the songs of his motherland in this disc of Russian songs called “Vocalise.” For fans of Maisky’s earlier discs of Schubert, Mendelssohn and Brahms, no more needed to be said: the same sweetly singing tone, the same warm-hearted phrasing, the same vibrato, portamento and glissando that distinguished Maisky’s those discs was fully present here. From Glinka’s lighthearted “The Lark” to Tchaikovsky’s aching “None but the Lonely Heart” to Glazunov’s yearning “Desire” to Rachmaninoff’s melancholic “Sing Not to Me, Beautiful Maiden,” Maisky was as wholly committed to these songs as he was to those of Schubert and his performances with pianist Pavel Gililov were as convincing as could be imagined. While this might not work for those who prefer their songs with words or their cello music abstract, for lovers of cello music who wish the 19th century repertoire contained more short but affecting works by Russian composers, Maisky’s disc will be just the thing. Deutsche Grammophon’s sound is focused and direct but somewhat lacking in atmosphere.
All Music Guide - James Leonard
In this continuation of his successful series of 'songs without words' -- songs for voice and piano transcribed for cello and piano -- Mischa Maisky left the Austro-Germanic repertoire he had previously explored behind and turned to the songs of his motherland in this disc of Russian songs called "Vocalise." For fans of Maisky's earlier discs of Schubert, Mendelssohn and Brahms, no more needed to be said: the same sweetly singing tone, the same warm-hearted phrasing, the same vibrato, portamento and glissando that distinguished Maisky's those discs was fully present here. From Glinka's lighthearted "The Lark" to Tchaikovsky's aching "None but the Lonely Heart" to Glazunov's yearning "Desire" to Rachmaninoff's melancholic "Sing Not to Me, Beautiful Maiden," Maisky was as wholly committed to these songs as he was to those of Schubert and his performances with pianist Pavel Gililov were as convincing as could be imagined. While this might not work for those who prefer their songs with words or their cello music abstract, for lovers of cello music who wish the 19th century repertoire contained more short but affecting works by Russian composers, Maisky's disc will be just the thing. Deutsche Grammophon's sound is focused and direct but somewhat lacking in atmosphere.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/14/2006
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • UPC: 028947757436
  • Catalog Number: 000583102
  • Sales rank: 93,950

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Applause - Recorded Sound & Merle Kersten (0:17)
  2. 2 The Lark (Zhavronok), song for voice & piano (A Farewell to St. Petersburg No. 10), G. x250 - Mikhail Glinka & Pavel Gililov (3:57)
  3. 3 How sweet it is to be with you (Kak sladko s toboyu mne bït'), for voice & piano, G. x277 - Mikhail Glinka & Pavel Gililov (2:19)
  4. 4 Do not tempt me needlessly (Ne iskushay menya bez nuzhdï), elegy for voice & piano, G. x2 - Mikhail Glinka & Pavel Gililov (3:03)
  5. 5 I recall that wonderful moment (Ya pomnyu chudnoye mgnoven'ye), song for voice & piano, G. x201 - Mikhail Glinka & Pavel Gililov (3:42)
  6. 6 Cradle song, song for voice & piano, Op. 16/1 - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Pavel Gililov (4:44)
  7. 7 None but the lonely heart, song for voice & piano, Op. 6/6 - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Pavel Gililov (2:47)
  8. 8 Frenzied nights, song for voice & piano, Op. 60/6 - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Pavel Gililov (3:17)
  9. 9 Night, song for voice & piano, Op. 60/9 - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Pavel Gililov (4:30)
  10. 10 It was in early spring (At the ball), song for voice & piano, Op. 38/2 - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Pavel Gililov (2:22)
  11. 11 I Am Sad ("Mne grustno"), for voice & piano - Alexander Sergeyevich Dargomizhsky & Pavel Gililov (1:31)
  12. 12 Sleza (A Tear), for piano - Modest Mussorgsky & Pavel Gililov (3:20)
  13. 13 Romance for piano in E flat major, Op. 44/1 - Anton Rubinstein & Pavel Gililov (2:18)
  14. 14 Elegy: The Clouds Begin to Scatter, song for voice & piano, Op. 42/3 - Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov & Pavel Gililov (3:07)
  15. 15 The nymph (Nimfa), song for voice & piano, Op. 56 - Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov & Pavel Gililov (3:29)
  16. 16 Eastern Song: The nightingale enslaved by the rose (Vostochnïy romans), song for voice and piano, Op. 2/2 - Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov & Pavel Gililov (3:21)
  17. 17 Romances (6) for voice & piano, Op. 38: Ne zazhigay ognya! (Do not kindle the fire!) - Anton Arensky & Pavel Gililov (2:29)
  18. 18 The burnt letter (Sozhzhonnoye pismo), for voice & piano, Op. 33/4 - César Cui & Pavel Gililov (3:05)
  19. 19 A Wish, song for voice & piano, Op. 60/2 - Alexander Glazunov & Pavel Gililov (2:28)
  20. 20 Georgian Song ("Do not Sing, My Beauty"), for voice & piano, Op. 4/4 - Sergey Rachmaninov & Pavel Gililov (4:59)
  21. 21 How fair this spot, song for voice & piano, Op. 21/7 - Sergey Rachmaninov & Pavel Gililov (2:00)
  22. 22 Vocalise, instrumental arrangement, Op. 34/14 - Sergey Rachmaninov & Pavel Gililov (6:08)
  23. 23 I skuchno, i grustno (I Am Weary and Sad), song - Alexander L'vovich Gurilyov & Pavel Gililov (3:05)
  24. 24 Ya vstretil vas (When I Met You), song - Russian Traditional & Pavel Gililov (4:15)
  25. 25 Applause - Recorded Sound & Merle Kersten (0:36)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mischa Maisky Primary Artist
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