- 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: 19 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,523 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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
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I haves still not listened to Dmitri's Kalinka-songs.
In the nearest future I shall!
I am still waiting for my H.P. Lovecraft-letters.
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With Eternal Love
Hvorostovsky is to baritones what Villazon is to tenors - essential, emotive and thrilling. He brings these folk songs to life, turning them into anthems, larger than life all the while remaining personal and sensual. And with Nikolai Korniev conducting and the St. Petersburg Chamber Choir providing the choral resonance this album floats through you like a timeless dream.
My personal, personal favourites include the aforementioned 'Kalinka' as well as 'Shto zatumanilas', 'Ivushka' and 'Kak meneya mladu'.
I'm no music critic, I have no notes or criticism concerning technique and so forth but I do believe in the power of a voice to bring feeling and pulse. I love this album because of the strength of the performances, the beauty and the wonder. They say Vladmir Nabokov made love to the English language when he wrote Lolita. I would say the same here with Hvorostovsky and his approach to folk music. If you're a fan of world music, specifically traditional, this is an opportunity to indulge in Slavic bliss.
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The passion and the intricate balance of the Russians is beautifully presented.