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Release Date: Friday 1 May 2020
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Sergey Prokofiev is acknowledged as one of the 20th century's greatest composers, and his enduring popularity today rests on a rich legacy of orchestral and chamber works. Less well-known are his songs, which display a lyrical component that suited his liking for clear and simple forms. This can be heard particularly in Five Poems of Anna Akhmatova, but all of these pieces show Prokofiev to be a worthy successor of the great 19th-century tradition of art songs.
Margarita Gritskova's voice was described by Opera News as 'a spectacular instrument' in her recording of Russian Songs on Naxos 8.573908.
"the verdict here is simple: this Naxos disc is highly recommended for the outstanding performances of both the singer and pianist." MusicWeb Recommended June 2020
Gadkiy utyonok (The Ugly Duckling), Op. 18
5 Poems, Op. 23 (Nos 2, 3 & 5)
5 Poems of Anna Akhmatova, Op. 27
5 Poems, Op. 36: No. 4. Pomni menya (Remember Me!, A Malayan Spell)
2 Songs from Lieutenant Kijé, Op. 60bis: No. 1. Stonet sizïy golubochek (My Grey Dove is Full of Sorrow)
2 Choruses, Op. 66a: No. 2. Anyutka (version for voice and piano)
3 Children's Songs, Op. 68: No. 1. Boltunya (The Chatterbox)
3 Songs from Alexander Nevsky, Op. 78bis: No. 2. Otzovitesya, yasnï sokolï (Mark, ye Bright Falcons)
3 Romances, Op. 73: No. 2. Rumyanoy zareyu (The Rosy Dawn is Colouring the East)
12 Russian Folksongs, Op. 104: No. 6. Katerina