16 Songs, 58 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Apple Digital Master

EDITORS’ NOTES

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
3 Ratings

3 Ratings

JennyRebSmith ,

Wow

Another AMAZING release from Dmitri!

KlingonOpera ,

Russian song enthusiasts, this is for you

Dmitri Hvorostovsky is quite simply one of the most amazing baritones performing today. In this recording of lieder by Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, and Taneyev he demonstrates not only his ability to deliver strong, powerful vocals, but sensitivity as well – he inhabits the pieces and the music just burns out of him as if it simply cannot be contained. And in the case of the Tchaikovsky works (Six Songs, Op. 73), this is quite apt indeed.

For those unfamiliar with Mussorgsky’s “Songs and Dances of Death”, the music is very demanding and full of energy, while at the same time possessing a somber, hard edge that is so very Russian it is inescapable. This is not “pretty music”, but if all you know of Mussorgsky is “Pictures at an Exhibition” then you owe it to yourself to hear these pieces. There is truth and a sense of forlorn expectation here that is palpable, and Mr. Hvorostovsky does amazing work here.

My favorites were the pieces from Taneyev, particularly “Not the wind from on high” – here Mr. Hvorostovsky shows the more sensitive and introspective side of his interpretive abilities, which in some ways is even more powerful that when he lets loose at full power. These six pieces were worth the price of the CD, and will certainly have a frequent place on my music playlist.

I must also compliment Ivari Ilja’s piano playing. Accompanying someone with as much presence and commitment as Mr. Hvorostovsky is daunting to say the least, but he really holds his own and provides a melodic base that certainly must have given Dmitri a sense of having a strong partner to make this music with. If you like Russian vocal music (sung in Russian, of course) and are open to the emotions present therein, then you will enjoy thoroughly enjoy this recording. Strongly recommended.

SJ Reidhead ,

Hvorostovsky: In This Moonlit Night

Up front, I am confessed baritone junkie and a fan of Dmitri Hvorostovsky. I consider him one of the all-time great voices in opera, right up there with Sherrill Milnes, who is arguably the greatest baritone opera has ever known. This said, I was prepared to like the new CD. I was expecting it to be excellent, but not as remarkable as I discovered it to be. It is the work of the consummate artist, confident, his voice in this CD a well-tuned musical instrument. This is the work of a mature master, solid, beautiful, with a vocal range that surprised even me, and I've heard nearly everything Dmitri Hvorostovsky has recorded.

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