Russian Images - 2

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Russian Images - 2
Vassily Savenko, baritone / Alexander Blok, piano

[ Hyperion / CD ]

Release Date: Friday 1 September 2000

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'An excellent follow-up to the successful first disc. Vassily Savenko is a very special singer' (Classic CD)

'Recommended' (Fanfare)

'Savenko and Blok respond well to the texts of these songs, among them several rarities' (Gramophone)

On this CD, Vassily Savenko and Alexander Blok have again drawn upon the riches of Russian vocal art to produce a second kaleidoscope of songs and romances from some of Russia's best known composers, as well as introducing others, including Taneyev and Mosolov, whose vocal music is still in the process of winning new admirers, in Russia and elsewhere. The spectrum is broad, both chronologically - ranging from the 1830s to the 1940s - and stylistically, comprising works by composers of the Russian Nationalist school, the Romantic era, the rich Silver Age immediately preceding the Revolution, as well as the years of the Soviet regime. The choice of songs has been designed to include both well-loved favourites and such unfamiliar material as the Mosolov settings of Pushkin, composed in 1949 but not receiving their premiere in the West until Vassily Savenko and Michael Dussek gave the first performance almost fifty years later.


MIKHAIL GLINKA (1804-1857)
Travel Song (Poputnaya pesnya) (Kukol'nik) from A Farewell to St Petersburg 1840 [2'23]
Stanzas (Stansy) (Kukol'nik) 1837 [2'04]
Doubt (Somneniye) (Kukol'nik) 1838 [4'44]

A tear trembles (Sleza drozhit) (Tolstoy) Op 6 No 4 [3'38]
My genius, my angel, my friend (Moy geni, moy angel, moy drug) (Fet) c1855-60 [1'46]
Frenzied Nights (Nochi bezumnye) (Apukhtin) Op 60 No 6 [2'53]

ANTON ARENSKY (1861-1906)
A Dream (Snovideniye) (Pushkin) Op 17 No 3 [1'46]
I have seen death (Ya videl smert') (Pushkin) Op 27 No 6 [4'44]
Was it so long ago to enchanting strains (Davno l' pod volshebnye zvuki) (Fet) Op 49 No 5 [3'31]

SERGEI TANEYEV (1856-1915)
Dense Forests (Lesa dremuchiye) (after Baudelaire) Op 26 No 5 [6'09]
And the foes stood trembling (I drognuli vragi) (after Heredia) Op 26 No 8 [2'11]
Winter Journey (Zimni put') (Polonsky) Op 32 No 4 [3'07]

Twilight (Sumerki) (Tyutchev) Op 24 No 4 [2'47]
Unexpected Rain (Nezhdannyi dozhd') (Fet) Op 28 No 1 [2'22]
Invocation (The Call) (Zaklinaniye) (Pushkin) Op 29 No 7 [2'41]

Do not sing, my beauty (Ne poy, krasavitsa) (Pushkin) Op 4 No 4 [4'22]
The Muse (Muza) (Pushkin) Op 34 No 1 [4'15]
Arion (Pushkin) Op 34 No 5 [2'53]

Three Romances (Pushkin) 1949
- Recollection (Vospominaniye) [3'47]
- Desire (Zhelaniye) [3'13]
- To the Sea (K moryu) [4'26]
Destiny [4'02]
Faith [4'24]
Acceptance of Suffering [5'11]
Longing for Death [5'32]
Despair and Resignation [5'30]
Mystery of Creation [5'02]
Penitence and Realisation [6'39]
God's Reward [6'41]
Hommage à Buxtehude (1987) [7'35]