Anton Rubinstein: Collected Sons, Part 1

Anton Rubinstein: Collected Sons, Part 1

by Mikhail Lukonin

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Anton Rubinstein: Collected Sons, Part 1

It seems hard to believe, as the booklet claims, that most of these songs have never been released on CD until now: they're gorgeous. Rubinstein was the cosmopolitan Russian composer of the third quarter of the nineteenth century, the nemesis of the nationalistic Mighty Handful. But many of the texts he sets here are classics of Russian poetry, by Pushkin and Lermontov, and his settings have the limpid, seemingly perfect naturalness that characterizes the poems themselves. Sample the Pushkin duo "The Cloud, Op. 48" (track 6), or Lermontov's "Angel, Op. 48" (track 7), to hear both the superb vocalists, or the darker "Song (A crow flies...), Op. 78," reminisicent of the grim old English folk song "Three Ravens." The music firmly fits within the Schumann harmonic world, but there is something indubitably Russian about it. Maybe that impression is due to the awe-inspiring voice of mezzo soprano Mila Shkirtil, whose voice has that peculiar combination of richness and darkness that only Russians seem to be able to manage. Baritone Mikhail Lukonin is scarcely less effective, singing several songs that were associated with the great Russian bass Chaliapin; he does not try to imitate Chaliapin, but has his own warm style. The program covers many years of Rubinstein's career, ending with a "Ballad" of 1891 to a text by Turgenev, and it never flags artistically. These songs are nothing short of lost masterpieces, and they're superbly performed here. The booklet is in Russian and English; song texts are in transliterated Russian -- not the original Cyrillic -- and English translation.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/14/2016
Label: Northern Flowers
UPC: 4607053326956
catalogNumber: 9960
Rank: 231016

Tracks

  1. Alter Mann, grimmer Mann, scene from Pushkin's "Die Zigeuner" for voice & piano, Op. 78/12
  2. Noch (Night), romance for voice & piano (after Romance, Op. 44/1)
  3. Der Gefangene (The Prisoner; "Im Kerker gefangen"), song for voice & piano, Op. 78/6
  4. Rab' zum Raben fleigt daher, song for voice & piano, Op. 78/11
  5. Sie singt ein Lied, song for voice & piano, Op. 36/10
  6. Die Wolke ("Vorbei ist der Sturm"), song for 2 voices & piano, Op. 48/8
  7. Der Engel ("Es schwebte ein Engel dem Himmel entlang"), song for 2 voices & piano, Op. 48/1
  8. Habräische Melodie ("Mein Geist ist trüb und schwer"), song for voice & piano, Op. 78/1
  9. Der Traum ("Am Wiesenhügel schlummert' ich"), song for voice & piano, Op. 8/1
  10. Der Dolch, song for voice & piano, Op. 36/5
  11. Im heimischen Land, song for 2 voices & piano, Op. 48/3
  12. Serbian Songs (10) for voice & piano with cello ad lib. (from melodies by Vuka Karadzhich), Op. 105: Why, O Red Rose...
  13. Serbian Songs (10) for voice & piano with cello ad lib. (from melodies by Vuka Karadzhich), Op. 105: Mother Cried to Daughter...
  14. Serbian Songs (10) for voice & piano with cello ad lib. (from melodies by Vuka Karadzhich), Op. 105: Sun, Your Shine Is Not Alike...
  15. Serbian Songs (10) for voice & piano with cello ad lib. (from melodies by Vuka Karadzhich), Op. 105: Lord, Oh My Lord...
  16. Serbian Songs (10) for voice & piano with cello ad lib. (from melodies by Vuka Karadzhich), Op. 105: Walk Out At the Break of Day...
  17. Serenade ("Durch die laue Nacht"), for voice & piano
  18. Wie es sein muss ("Wer da liebt, lieb' überm Maasse"), song for voice & piano, Op. 101/1
  19. Die Turteltaube und der Wanderer ("Sprich, warum sitzest du dort"), song for 2 voices & piano, Op. 48/10
  20. Hätt' ich das gewusst, hätt' ich das geahnt, song for voice & piano, Op. 101/10
  21. Der Asra, song for voice & piano, Op. 32/6
  22. Ballade for piano in A minor/A major, Op. 104/6

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