Netrebko’s Russian Songs!

Netrebko’s Russian Songs!

This CD is a collection of Russian arias by composers such as Glinka, Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Rachmaninov and Prokofiev. Anna Netrebko is a Russian-born singer, with an enjoyable voice, and excellent musical phrasing; she present this music in a style that is clearly very natural to her. The CD contains a program of some of the most beautiful arias and songs in the Russian repertoire. This CD seems like a deeply personal recording, made in the opera house where she first found stardom, St. Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theatre, and conducted by Anna’s mentor and friend who has supported her from the start: Valery Gergiev.

Anna Netrebko’s love of the Russian repertoire is apparent with every note she sings on this CD. She is supported by Maestro Valery Gergiev, himself a lover of vocal music and a tremendous exponent of Russian opera. Netrebko, Gergiev, and the musicians of the Orchestra of the Marinsky Theatre have created something very special in this CD.

I particularly enjoyed the Rachmaninov songs. They are settings of poems by Pushkin, and they are very beautiful. There are also four arias of Rimsky-Korsakov, including one from “The Tale of Tsar Sultan”, two from “The Snow Maiden”, and one from “The Tsar’s Bride”.

Here is Anna Netrebko singing music by non-Russian composers:

First, music by Franz Lehar:



And next… Anna Netrebko sings “Quando m’en vo” from La Boheme:



Tags: Netrebko, Gergiev, Glinka, Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Rachmaninov, Prokofiev

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