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ON 4031

A Russian Romance

The Classical Shop
release date: October 2008

Originally recorded in 2008

Artists:

Malcolm Martineau

piano

Elena Kelessidi

soprano

Venue:

Champs Hill, Sussex



Producer:

Simon Kiln


Paul Moseley

(Executive)

Engineer:

Simon Kiln



Record Label
Onyx

Genre:

Vocal & Song


Piano

Total Time - 58:49
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PYOTR IL'YICH TCHAIKOVSKY

(1840-1893)
1 

Lullaby, Op. 16 No. 1

3:46
2 

Had I only known, Op. 47 No. 1

4:31
3 

So soon forgotten (1870)

3:02
4 

At the Ball, Op. 38 No. 3

2:09
5 

The Bride's Lament, Op. 47 No. 7

6:01
   
 

MIKHAIL GLINKA

(1804-1857)
6 

Fire in my Veins

1:15
7 

To a Lyre

3:28
8 

Do not tempt me

2:41
9 

Tell me why

2:13
   
 

NIKOLAI ANDREYEVICH RIMSKY-KORSAKOV

(1844-1908)
10 

The Nightingale and the Rose, Op. 2 No. 2

2:45
11 

In the quwit night, Op. 40 No. 3

1:45
12 

The Wind, Op. 43 No. 2

1:42
   
 

CESAR CUI

(1835-1918)
13 

I touched a flower, Op. 49 No. 1

1:39
   
 

ALEXANDER SERGEYEVICH DARGOMYZHSKY

(1813-1869)
14 

Young Boy and Girl

1:05
15 

I still love him

2:09
   
 

VLADIMIR VLASOV

(1902-1986)
16 

The Fountain of Bakhchisarai

3:53
   
 

SERGE RACHMANINOFF

(1873-1943)
17 

Oh, do not sing to me, Op. 4 No. 4

4:27
18 

Lilacs, Op. 21 No. 5

1:49
19 

The Soldier's Wife, Op. 8 No. 4

2:13
20 

In my garden at night, Op. 38 No. 1

1:49
21 

Daisies, Op. 38 No. 3

2:42
22 

I wait for you!, Op. 14 No. 1

1:45


Debut recital CD of this well-loved Greek soprano who has made her name as Violetta, Mimi and Liu all over the world but now turns to repertoire close to her heart, Russian songs including rarities by Cui, Rimsky-Korsakov and Dargomishky as well as favourites by Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov.  Accompanied by the expert Malcolm Martineau this is an album full of surprises and delights.

"...there is so much about her singing that is a pleasure to hear. There is no doubt that she is well inside the songs and throughout the recital she illuminates the poems through sensitive and expressive phrasing and shadings of tone. Her pianissimo singing is exquisite - just listen to how she floats the tone in the last bars of Rachmaninov’s Oh, do not sing to me (tr 17) - and the soft singing in Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Wind (tr. 12) is truly admirable. There is also glow and intensity in the more dramatic songs - Rachmaninov’s In my garden at night (tr 20) is a splendid example....Malcolm Martineau accompanies extremely well and the recording can’t be faulted."

Goran Forsling

MusicWebInternational - 17 December 2008

"...Kelessidi responds to the Tchaikovsky pieces as winningly as those of his younger compatriot [Rachmaninov]..."The rose, the nightingale" concludes with Kelessidi soaring grandly on wordless melismata..."
 

International Record Review - January 2009

                     *** (top rating)

 John Steane

Opera Now - January 2009



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