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Russian Album

Anna Netrebko , Valery Gergiev , Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra & Chorus Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Tchaikovsky: Iolanta Op.69 - "Atchevo eta prezhde ne znala"Valery Gergiev 2:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Rachmaninov: Zdes' khorosho, Op.21, No.7 - Arranged By Michael RotValery Gergiev 2:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Rachmaninov: Ne poy, krasavitsa, pri mne, Op.4, No.4 - Orchestrated By Nikolai SavelievValery Gergiev 5:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Rimsky-Korsakov: The Tale Of Tsar Saltan / Act 2 - "Ty, tsarevich, moy spasitel"Valery Gergiev 3:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Rimsky-Korsakov: The Snow Maiden - Opera In Four Acts With A Prologue / Prologue - "Au, au - Akh, bednaya Snegurochka, dikarka - S podruzhkami po yagodu khodit¿¿Valery Gergiev 4:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Rimsky-Korsakov: The Snow Maiden - Opera In Four Acts With A Prologue / Act 4 - "Velikiy car¿! Sprosi menya sto raz"Vladimir Moroz 5:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Rimsky-Korsakov: The Tsar's Bride / Act 4 - Scene & Aria: Ivan Sergeich, khocheshValery Gergiev 5:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Tchaikovsky: Pimpinella, Op.38 No.6 - Arranged By Elena FirsovaValery Gergiev 2:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Glinka: A Life For The Tsar - Ivan Susanin (Gorodetsky) / Act 1 - V pole, pole, cistoye glyazuValery Gergiev 6:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Prokofiev: War And Peace, Op.91 - "Chuda, kak harasha ana"Alexander Morozov 8:10Album Only
listen11. Rachmaninov: Francesca da Rimini Op.25 - "O ne rydai, mai Paolo"Valery Gergiev 3:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin, Op.24 / Act 1 - Letter Scene. "Puskai pogibnu ya, no prezde"Valery Gergiev13:03Album Only

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  • Orchestra: Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra & Chorus
  • Conductor: Valery Gergiev
  • Audio CD (January 9, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B000IZK4YE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,495 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is a collection of well-to-lesser-known Russian arias by composers from Glinka to Prokofiev, with stops along the way for Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, and Rachmaninov. The lovely Anna Netrebko remains a glamorous singer, pure of voice, with always-musical phrasing and some exquisitely high soft singing. Particularly fine are a little-known Tchaikovsky Romance with castanets, bassoon, and piccolo adding color; the vivid, Italianate selection from Glinka's A Life for the Tsar; two lyrical Rachmaninov songs (here scored for orchestra); and the Letter Scene from Eugene Onegin, which is delivered with the drama of a true singing actress. Otherwise, many of the arias here are slow and have a certain sameness about them. Netrebko sometimes just sings instead of getting inside them. Netrebko's Italian output so far has been far more exciting, but it's great to have this Russian repertoire sung so beautifully on CD. --Robert Levine

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2006 album from this Russian Opera singer who has stunned critics and audiences alike with her good looks and heart-stopping voice. Features Netrebko tackling some of Russia's most esteemed musical works from composers such as Prokofiev, Rimsky-Korsakov, Rachmaninov and more. Universal.

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78 of 80 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is Anna Netrebko as she should be November 19, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I've found fault with Anna Netrebko's singing before... not because of her voice (which is extremely beautiful), but because of the repertoire, her lack of accurate coloratura (and no trill), and a feeling that she was not conveying the heart and soul of the character. But the difference between her singing of Italian repertoire and Russian repertorie is almost unbelievable.

This CD was a delight from the very first note. Not only are these Russian soprano roles perfect for her voice type, but Ms Netrebko conveyed superbly the inner personalities of the characters. Everything was there - the vulnerability of Natasha, the ecstatic innocence of the Snow Maiden, the joyous amazement and goodness of the young blind princess who is made to see for the first time through the power of love... everything.

I was enthralled by this superb recording from beginning to end. The Rachmaninov songs, too, were heavenly to listen to - I kept thinking, "Yes! This is how Zdes hauraushau should be sung! Yes!".

The colour of Anna Netrebko's voice is perfect for Russian repertoire. Her emotional connection with these roles is undeniable, and she conveys every nuance to the listener. I can scarcely wait to hear a recording of War and Peace with her in the pivotal soprano role, and what of a new recording of Eugene Onegin with Ms Netrebko as Tatyana? The Queen of Spades with Ms Netrebko as Lisa? I am convinced, after hearing this superb CD, that she would be the ideal exponent for the soprano roles of these operas.

Let me not forget the outstanding and magnificent conducting of Gergiev, and as for the orchestra! Oh! The colours of this absolutely wonderful orchestra bring so much to each and every track. The partnership between Netrebko and Gergiev is an artistic miracle.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Anna in her Element February 4, 2007
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Anna Netrebko loves this repertoire. It shows with every note she sings on this CD. She is paired with 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 love it, and think you will too.

The bookend arias on this CD are from Iolanta and Eugene Onegin. Tchaikovsky, the undisputed master of melody, captures the pathos in Iolanta's questioning, and the passion and ardor of Tatyana as she writes to her beloved. Netrebko captures both of these heroines beautifully. Not nearly enough Russian opera is produced in the United States. I hope at least some day, we can see and hear Anna sing Tatyana.

I loved the Rachmaninov songs. They are settings of poems by Pushkin, and they are absolutely beautiful. This leads me to something else that makes this CD so special. The liner notes are fantastic, with wonderful translations. Anna's Russian diction is so clear, you'll have no trouble following.

There are 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". These are very special, since our chances of seeing these operas produced in the U.S. is slim-to-none. They are fantastic arias, with my favorite being Marfa's Act 4 aria. Rimsky-Korsakov wrote the book (literally) on orchestration, and no composer could paint a picture like him.

I also found the bouncy "Cavatina and Rondo" from Glinka's "A Life for the Tsar" quite enjoyable. It's almost like an operetta aria.

This CD is a wonderful counterpoint to Renee Fleming's "I Want Magic".
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best possible Netrebko January 31, 2007
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No, there is nothing bland or boring here. This is certainly the best recital Anna Netrebko has given us. While singing Bellini or Verdi she can sound foreign, especially because she doesn't articulate consonants clearly, she is throughly idiomatic in her own language, and her opulent soprano has an almost Tebaldi-like purity. This is one of those few recitals that will be long-remembered. Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra are a perfect match. Do buy it.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing voice, luscious timbre, heart-felt darkness January 16, 2007
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All Netrebko's CDs give something unique to the ear and something special to the heart. There is no need to mention any specific aria or song from this CD, because the singing is extraordinary from the beginning to the end. "Experts" question the tessitura of her voice in bel canto singing because of its darkness. Have no fear, for Netrebko's God-given darkness makes her voice so different from all the others. To compare Netrebko to the great sopranos of the past and present is futile. She is not better but different, and that makes her unique. This CD shows her voice at its best and has nothing to do with singing in her native lunguage. The expressiveness of her voice has expanded in all directions with a heart-throbbing legato and a meteoric pianissimo, and with a phenomenal breath control. This is Netrebko's best CD and highly recommended. Once you listened to this CD, you may want to play it over and over. And each time it sounds better. And it should never be forgotten: a soprano's voice reaches its peak in mid 40s. The best has yet to come, provided that Netrebko uses her talent with patience and intelligence. Gergiev and his orchestra-sometimes a little too loud, but Netrebko cuts through victoriously- provide her with the support and nuances necessary to sustain her stellar singing.

Constantine A. Papas
El Paso, Texas
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 6 days ago by Yangan Yang
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it! You'll be glad you did!!!!!!
Anything by Anna Netrebko is excellent. She has the most beautiful voice I have ever heard.
Published 9 days ago by Robert A. Busillo
5.0 out of 5 stars Russian Opera
I'm really wan't very familiar with the operatic and vocal works of these composers. Since listening to the album I have fallen in love with Russian Opera. Read more
Published 3 months ago by madamebutterfly26
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful C/D
Superb voice and selection, you can really appreciate Netrebko for her Russian heritage, what w wonderful voice and a wonderful recording, a must for any opera lover. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Robert G. Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
This CD shows Netrebko's voice in her natural element. Her Russian is flawless and her legato line is beautiful. Read more
Published 17 months ago by W.Myer
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
I can't get enough of listening to this wonderful cd collection. Well done, Anna Netrebko :) I highly recommend the Russian albums to all of her fans.
Published 19 months ago by Khalilova Firuza
5.0 out of 5 stars Netrebko's Finest Album
Quite simply, this "Russian Album" is Netrebko's finest to date. The dark hues of her beautiful soprano voice are allowed full expression in this well selected repertoire. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Harmony
5.0 out of 5 stars Russian Album: Anna Netrebko
Amazing coloratura singing to delightful compositions by Tschaikovsky, Prokofiev, Rimsky-Korsakov, Rachmaninoff and Glinka. Enchanting, lilting music. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Kris Zink
5.0 out of 5 stars Anna Netrebko singing in her native language
Because of her soprano voice, Anna Netrebko had to wait for her voice to develop in order to sing many Russian Arias. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Maria Lydia Spinelli
5.0 out of 5 stars Russian Album
Russian Album is a 2006 Deutsche Grammophon recording starring Anna Netrebko singing the works of Russian composers. Hearing her sing in her native Russian is truly a treat. Read more
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