|Nikolay Andreyevich Rimsky Korsakov||
Your glance is as radiant as the heavens,
The Upas Three,
The clouds begin to scatter (Elegy), Op. 42 No. 3 (Redeyet oblakov letuchaya gryada),
The octave, Op.45, No.3,
Summer Night's Dream,
Of what I dream in the silent night, Op. 40 No. 3,
Sun of the sleepless (Nespyashchikh solntse, grustnaya zvezda) Op. 41 No. 1, 1897 (A Tolstoy/Byron),
More sonorous than the lark’s singing,
In the dark grove, the nightingale is silent,
Songs (5), Op. 45 ‘Poetu’ (To the Poet),
Beauty, Op. 51 No. 4,
When the golden cornfield waves, Op. 40 No. 1,
In moments to delight devoted (V poryve nezhnosti serdechnoy) Op. 26 No. 1, 1882 (Kozlov/Byron),
The Prophet, Op. 49 No. 2,
The Nymph Op. 56 No. 1,
Eastern Song: Enslaved by the rose, the nightingale Op. 2 No. 2,
On the hills of Georgia, Op. 3 No. 4,
Not the wind blowing from the heights, Op.43, No.2.
Yuriy Yurchuk (Baritone), Sergey Rybin (Piano), Anush Hovhannisyan (Soprano).
This exciting new recording of chamber vocal works from one of the grand masters of Russian music – Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov – comprises a selection of 24 Romances. It includes both well-known and rarely-heard outstanding examples of his oeuvre, all of which are at least on a par with his compatriots Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov. Vibrant and moving performances are given by two alumni of the prestigious Royal Opera House Jette Parker Young Artists Programme – Armenian Soprano Anush Hovhannisyan (who recently represented her country in Cardiff Singer of the World Competition) and Ukrainian Baritone Yuriy Yurchuk (House Principal at Royal Opera House). Accompanied by pianist Sergey Rybin, an established specialist in the field of Russian music who also writes the extensive notes for the booklet, this disc is a treasure trove of Russian art song.