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Dmitri Hvorostovsky / St.Petersburg Chamber Choir / Nikolai Korniev

Russian Folk Songs (2CD)

"Russian folk culture is one the richest I know. In recent years, some of it lighter aspects have been commandeered by the entertainment and tourist industries: with this recording I wanted to go backwards and present songs I have so often heard - but never sung myself - in a direct and unvarnished, yet classical way. The songs I selected [for CD 1] I feel are truly Russian - many are melancholy, most are bittersweet, with the kind of mocking irony which counterbalances sentimentality. Two, I decided to sing alone, in honour of Chaliapin but in my own way. For the rest of this program I was privileged to work with the magnificent Ossipov Russian Folk Orchestra who live and breathe this music. They made me feel a welcome guest in repertoire far from my operatic home but very close to my heart." - Dmitri Hvorostovsky

This double CD set returns two popular CDs to the catalogue - Hvorostovsky performing songs with orchestra (CD1) and with choir (CD2). Winner of the Cardiff Singer of the World, he has gone on to give great performances in operas by Verdi and is unequalled in the Russian baritone opera repertoire today. This repertoire is dear to his heart and in it he invests every ounce of artistry that marks his performances on the operatic stage and the concert platform.


CD 1

  1. Oh, the little box is full
  2. A snowstorm blows
  3. Masha has been told
  4. Farewell, happiness
  5. Kamarinskaya
  6. Ah, little darling
  7. At the time when the stars
  8. I walk out onto the path alone
  9. Dance
  10. When, my soul, you wanted
  11. Oh, if only words could convey
  12. Dark eyes
  13. The lime tree
  14. Not just one path
  15. Oh, sweet night
  16. How dismal
  17. Dmitri Hvorostovsky, baritone
  18. Ossipov Russian Folk Orchestra
  19. Nikolai Kalinin

CD 2

  1. Kalinka
  2. Barinya
  3. Ah! Do you hear my dearest friend
  4. On the little mountain
  5. Round dance
  6. Why have you misted over, clear sunset?
  7. I met you
  8. The little widow
  9. How was I, a tender young maiden
  10. Rhyming song
  11. Ah, you field
  12. As never white birch tree
  13. The noise of the town cannot be heard
  14. In the dark forest
  15. Already the fog has descended
  16. Ah, shady spot
  17. Birch-broom
  18. I set off alone down the road

Dmitri Hvorostovsky, baritone
St. Petersburg Chamber Choir
Nikolai Korniev