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Dmitri Hvorostovsky: 'The Bells of Dawn-Russian Sacred and Folk Songs'

Magazine article Gramophone

Dmitri Hvorostovsky: 'The Bells of Dawn-Russian Sacred and Folk Songs'

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Dmitri Hvorostovsky [G]

'The Bells of Dawn--Russian Sacred and Folk Songs' Arkhangelsky Symbol of Faith Burmagin The Wise Thief Chesnokov Blessed is the man. Pre-Eternal Counsel. Hear my prayer. From My Youth Khristov Praise the name of the Lord Shashina I walk my path alone Sviridov The Bells of Dawn Varlamov A snowstorm sweeps the street Traditional They do not let Masha ... There is not one path through the field. The Lonely Coach Bell. Farewell, my joy. The fog has fallen on to the field. Oh, night Dmitri Hvorostovsky bar The Grand Choir 'Masters of Choral Singing' / Lev Kontorovich Ondine [F] ODE1238-2 (64' * DDD * T/t)

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Dmitri Hvorostovsky's new disc explores two potent strands of Russia's musical fabric, folksong and Orthodox Church anthems, separated in this programme by the well-known song 'A snowstorm sweeps the street' by Alexander Varlamov and ending with Georgy Sviridov's Pushkin setting 'The Bells of Dawn', from which the recording takes its title. The singing here, backed by the rich sonorities of The Grand Choir 'Masters of Choral Singing', is more sophisticated than you might expect to hear in your average Russian church on a Sunday morning but Hvorostovsky does not over-egg it. …

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