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Borys Lyatoshynsky - Romances For Low Voice & Piano

The Classical Shop
release date: June 2013

Originally recorded in 2009


Vassily Savenko

- (bass)

Alexander Blok

- (piano)


The Academy of Choral Arts, Moscow

25-28 Jan 2009


Alexander Volkov

Record Label


Vocal & Song


Total Time - 61:18
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  Romances For Low Voice & Piano  

Five Romances for Bass & Piano, Op.5

1 No.1 'After the Battle' 3:25
2 No.2 'Death (At the Cemetry)' 2:57
3 No.3 'An Old Song' 2:28
4 No.4 'A Dirge' 1:45
5 No.5 'I had a dream' 2:27

From Four Romances to Verses by Shelley, Op.14:

6 No.3 'Good Night' 2:39

Ozymandias, Op.15


Three Romances for low voice & piano, Op.6

8 No.1 'Accursed Place' 2:47
9 No.2 'The Tomb' 2:04
10 No.3 'At the Crossroads' 2:43

From Four Romances to Verses by Pushkin, Op.27

11 No.1 'On the Hills of Georgia' 2:59
12 No.2 'Three Springs' 2:15
13 No.3 'There on the Shore' 1:59

The Sun


From Five Romances to Verses by I. Franko, Op.31

15 No.1 'Your Eyes are like the Sea' 1:31
16 No.3 'Boundless Plain' 2:05
17 No.4 'Why do you never laugh?' 2:25
18 No.5 'Do not pass by so proundly, my child' 1:28

From Two Romances to Verses by L. Pervomaysky, Op.32

19 No.2 'Recurring Dreams' 2:09

Romances for bass and piano, Op.57

20 No.1 'A Letter to Siberia' 3:26
21 No.2 'Elegy' 2:03

Two Romances, Op.37

22 No.1 'The Star' 5:17
23 No.2 'The Height of Happiness' 4:37

The Ukrainian composer Boris Lyatoshynsky (1895–1968) studied with Glière at the Kiev Conservatory, where he remained as a much-loved teacher for the rest of his life. Lyatoshynsky’s songs – a neglected part of his output – meld intense Scriabinesque expressionism with elements of Ukrainian folksong in a language that embraces both the lyrical and the dramatic. His setting of Shelley’s Ozymandias, with its warning of the impermanence of power, was a brave act in the Soviet Union of 1924.

"... The performances here are broodingly powerful. Savenko’s lyric bass is a good fit for these songs, written specifically for bass (or low voice). With smooth legato singing and well applied dynamics, his performance gives full expression to their mornful nature..."

Robert A Moore - American Record Guide - September/October 2013

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