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'War, Peace, Love and Sorrow'

Magazine article Gramophone

'War, Peace, Love and Sorrow'

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'War, Peace, Love and Sorrow'

Prokofiev War and Peace--The radiance of the sky in spring Rubinstein The Demon--Scene 6 Tchaikovsky Iolanta--Robert's aria. Mazeppa Mazeppa's aria. The Queen of Spades--Tomsky's Ballad; Tomsky's Song Dmitri Hvorostovsky bar Asmik Grigorian sop Irina Shishkova mez Vadim Volkov counterten Igor Morozov ten Mikhail Guzhov bass Helikon Opera Chorus; State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia / Constantine Orbelian Delos (F) DE3517 (54' * DDD)

Dmitri Hvorostovsky's career has been built on the twin pillars of Italian and Russian repertoire. His very first album paired Verdi with Tchaikovsky and, although there is no Onegin, arias from Iolanta and Mazeppa return for this new disc of Russian scenes and arias from Delos. If top notes don't come quite as easily, it's remarkable how much richness his virile, velvety baritone retains, especially considering that this recording was set down amid treatment for a brain tumour.

From The Queen of Spades, the Siberian baritone moves from the suave Prince Yeletsky (I still marvel at his outrageous breath control on that first album) to the cynical Count Tomsky. …

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