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RACHMANINOV, S.: Romances (Hvorostovsky, Ilja)

Composer(s):Rachmaninov, Sergei
Artist(s) Hvorostovsky, Dmitri, baritone • Ilja, Ivari, piano
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Vocal
Catalogue ODE1207-2
Label Ondine
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Review By Ralph Moore,MusicWeb International,May 2012

…his [Dmitri Hvorostovsky’s] baritone remains in remarkably fine shape. The bottom notes are dark and resonant, the middle only a little grainy when he sings mezza voce (as at the end of no.5) and the top G’s continue to ring out thrillingly with only a hint of a flap. Any signs of stress are, in any case, hardly inappropriate in music as desperately passionate as this.

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Review By Robert A Moore,American Record Guide,May 2012

Hvorostovsky and Ilja now turn to 26 songs of love, loss, and longing by Rachmaninoff with texts by Chekov, Tolstoy, Minsky, Tyutchev, and other Russian poets. The results are excellent once again.

With his dark intensity and commanding voice, Hvorostovsky can be the scariest of Scarpias; with his warmly caressing tone and superb breath control, he is also an accomplished singer of these Russian songs, attuning his immense operatic voice to these dramatic settings. Even if you don’t understand Russian, the doleful character of these songs comes across unmistakably. © 2012 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide online



Review By Sarah Noble,Limelight Magazine,March 2012

Hvorostovsky’s…musicality is rock solid, and his dramatic sense as compelling on disc as it is on stage. Indeed, his delivery is so robust, and his voice so sonorous, that many of the songs seem to morph into miniature arias…Rachmaninov’s romances, whose poetry and illustrative piano parts (deftly dispatched here by Hvorostovsky’s frequent recital partner Ivari Ilja) are already quite operatic in scope, seem almost to demand it. The desperate agony of It is time!, the desolation of Yesterday We Met, and the pleas of Oh no, I beg you, do not leave! are all brought to compelling life, while the folkish simplicity of Oh you, my corn field and the rare optimism of Morning are also nicely managed…

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Review By Sarah Noble,Limelight Magazine,March 2012

Hvorostovsky’s…musicality is rock solid, and his dramatic sense as compelling on disc as it is on stage. Indeed, his delivery is so robust, and his voice so sonorous, that many of the songs seem to morph into miniature arias…Rachmaninov’s romances, whose poetry and illustrative piano parts (deftly dispatched here by Hvorostovsky’s frequent recital partner Ivari Ilja) are already quite operatic in scope, seem almost to demand it. The desperate agony of It is time!, the desolation of Yesterday We Met, and the pleas of Oh no, I beg you, do not leave! are all brought to compelling life, while the folkish simplicity of Oh you, my corn field and the rare optimism of Morning are also nicely managed…

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