Dmitri Hvorostovsky: Rachmaninov Romances

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Label: ONDINE
Catalog: ODE12072
Format: CD

HVOROSTOVSKY; ILJA

Rachmaninov: We shall rest, Op.26, No. 3 Do you remember the evening? O, no, I beg you, do not leave, Op. 4 No. 1 Morning, Op. 4 No. 2 In the silence of the secret night, Op. 4 No. 3 The Harvest Of Sorrow, Op. 4 No. 5 Romance in E flat Op. 8 No. 2 A dream, Op. 8 No. 5 I was with her, Op. 14 No. 4 Do not believe me, friend, Op. 14 No. 7 She is as beautiful as midday, Op.14 No. 9 Spring torrents, Op. 14 No.11 In my soul, Op.14 No.10 It is time, Op. 14 No. 12 They replied, Op. 21 No. 4 Fragment from A. Musset, Op. 21 No. 6 How fair this spot, Op. 21 No. 7 How pained I am, Op. 21 No.12 All was taken from me, Op. 26 No. 2 Yesterday we met, Op. 26 No.13 Prokhodit vse, Op.26 No.15 Night is sorrowful, Op. 26 No.12 Let Me Rest Here Alone, Op. 26 No. 9 At the gates of the holy cloister Christ is risen, Op.26 No. 6 I await you, Op.14 No. 1

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.

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