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Kalinka: Russian Folk Songs

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Dimitri Hvorostovsky, born and bred in Siberia, has Russian folk music in his soul. So do about 100 million other Russians, of course, but they don't have his magnificent voice. When his artistry is joined with that of the Saint Petersburg Chamber Chorus, the result is hard to beat, especially when the arrangements were made by such composers as Shostakovich and Rimsky-Korsakov. Don't expect happy songs, although some of the offerings on this disc, such as the title song "Kalinka," have their rollicking passages. In characteristic fashion, the lyrics dwell plaintively on laments for lost love or melancholy recollections of the Russian countryside. Unusually for a Russian chorus, the Saint Petersburg ensemble is not dominated by the lower-pitched male voices but by the women, blissfully free from stridency, who swell their cadences in the way so typical of Russian liturgical music. The disc is accompanied by the Russian text and a useful English translation, although both suffer from minor errors. --Ed Killham

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Russian Folk Songs: Kalinka
  2. Russian Folk Songs: Barinya
  3. Russian Folk Songs: Ach Ti Slishesh Li (Ah! Do You Hear, My Dearest Fiend)
  4. Russian Folk Songs: Na Gorushkye (On Little Mountain, On The Mountain)
  5. Russian Folk Songs: Khorovodnaya (Round Dance)
  6. Russian Folk Songs: Shto Zatumanilas (Why Have You Misted Over, Clear Sunset)
  7. Russian Folk Songs: Ya Vstretil Vas (I Met You)
  8. Russian Folk Songs: Ivushka (The Little Window)
  9. Russian Folk Songs: Kak Menya Mladu (How Was I, A Tender Young Maiden?)
  10. Russian Folk Songs: Kachelniye (Rhyming Song)
  11. Russian Folk Songs: Uzh Ti Polye (Ah, You Field)
  12. Russian Folk Songs: Shto Bye Belaya Berioza (As Never White Birch Tree)
  13. Russian Folk Songs: Ne Slijshno Shuma Gorodskogo (The Noise Of The Town Cannot Be Heard)
  14. Russian Folk Songs: Vtyomnon Leyse (In The Dark Forest)
  15. Russian Folk Songs: Uzh Kak Pal Tuman (Already The Fog Has Descended)
  16. Russian Folk Songs: Ach Vij Sini (Ah, Shady Spot)
  17. Russian Folk Songs: Veniki (Birch - Broom)
  18. Russian Folk Songs: Vyhozhu Adin Ya Na Dorogu (I Set Off Alone Down The Road)


Product details

  • Performer: Dmitri Hvorostovsky, St. Petersburg Chamber Choir
  • Conductor: Nikolai Korniev
  • Audio CD (January 12, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Philips
  • ASIN: B00000HY87
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,523 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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