- “In the Still of Night”
Songs by Rimsky-Korsakov and Tchaikovsky.
Even if you have a wonderful voice, a singer’s diction is so important, particularly in the performance of Lieder.
For those of you who have treasured the operatic performances of Anna Netrebko, it may come as a surprise that she can be equally amazing in the more demanding role of a Lieder singer.
This recording was taken from a live performance with Ms. Netrebko and Daniel Barenboim at the Salzburg Festival.
A lot of the program is by Russian composers, and what a pleasure it is to hear the songs of Tchaikovsky and Rimsky-Korsakov sung by a Russian soprano who not only understands the composer’s concepts, but also is able to express the subtleties of the Russian language.
We get to hear the following program:
- Songs My Mother Taught Me, Op. 55 No. 4
- In the silence of the night, Op.40, No.3
- Prosti! Ne pomni dney naden’ya, Op. 27, No. 4
- Not the wind blowing from the heights, Op.43, No.2
- Plus sonore que le chant de l’alouette, Op.43, No.1
- On the hills of Georgia, Op. 3 No. 4
- V tsarstvo rozï vina, Op. 8, No. 5
- Zuleika’s Song (Pesnya Zyuleyki) Op. 26 No. 4, 1882 (Kozlov/Byron)
- Eastern Song: Enslaved by the rose, the nightingale Op. 2 No. 2
- The clouds begin to scatter (Elegy), Op. 42 No. 3
- The Nymph Op. 56 No. 1
- Son v letnyuyu noch’, Op. 56, No. 2
- Cäcilie, Op. 27 No. 2
- Skazhi, o chom v teni vetvey (Tell me, what in the shade of the branches), Op. 57 No. 1
- Zabït tak skoro (So soon forgotten)
- Nochy bezumnïye, Op. 60 No. 6
- Otchevo? (Why?), Op. 6 No. 5
- O ditya, pod okoshkom tvoim (Serenade), Op. 63 No. 6
- Lullaby, Op. 16 No. 1
- Was I not a blade of grass?, Op. 47 No. 7
- Sred mrachnïkh dnei, Op. 73, No. 5
- Den’ li tsarit? (Does the day reign?), Op. 47 No. 6
Performed by Anna Netrebko, soprano, and Daniel Barenboim, piano.
The Times wrote:
“Russian songs and romances may not be Barenboim’s usual repertoire, but he presents the accompaniments subtly, and with selfless generosity. More surprisingly, these superstars work very well as a team… Netrebko’s voice, fuller in tone than it has been before, dapples these miseries of love with nicely varied colours and intoxicating shots of high drama”
Here are the two performing artists, talking about this music:
And next, here they are performing some of this lovely music:
Tags: Anna Netrebko, Daniel Barenboim, Lieder, Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Dvorak, Richard Strauss