This week we are delighted to welcome superstar baritone, Dmitri Hvorostovsky as a GMN Family Artist - and doubly delighted to present him singing excerpts from our own premiere recordings of two quite brilliant song cycles by Russian composer Georgi Sviridov.
Hvorostovsky, himself, has long been admired for his convincing and charismatic interpretations in opera and song: the Mozart, the Verdi, the Tchaikovsky and the Russian masters are all well known now and have won the Siberian the highest critical praise the world over. Less well known is his great commitment to the dark and impressive genius of Georgi Sviridov .
Together with his accompanist, Mikhail Arkadiev, Hvorostovsky has been introducing the planet to Sviridov's wonderful vocal art for close to a decade, beginning with the massive and poignant song cycle, 'Russia Cast Adrift' through to the dark, impressive beauties of the cycles, 'St Petersburg' and 'Six Romances'. The distillation of their live performances of the latter two cycles is premièred in GMN's exclusive studio recording.
Both of these cycles will soon be available in their entirety on GMN's new Premium channel which launches on Tuesday 9 October. But for now - a taster.
'Petersburg' opens with The Pennant, a song evoking time's continuous flow - a kind of music of the spheres in which the piano suggests the endless tolling of massive bells marking time's infinity. The Golden Oar introduces a nameless beloved, chance meetings and subtle reveries. The cycle, which occupied the composer on and off for some 20 years was completed especially for Hvorostovsky and Arkadiev and first performed by them in 1995.
The 'Six Romances' on Pushkin lyrics was the first work that drew attention to the young Sviridov and, in fact, was responsible for his admittance to the Union of Soviet Composers in 1935 - at the age of just 19 years. It's easy to hear why the august institution opened its doors to the young talent: Winter Road from the 'Six Romances' has a light, at times Schubertian feel and lilt to it, and exhibits an easy mastery of the form.
Hear the complete 'Petersburg' this coming Tuesday only on GMN Premium.
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Photo credit: Sergei Bermeniev