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    Arion: Voyage of A Slavic Soul

    Natalya Romaniw (soprano), Lada Valešová (piano)

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    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...XNPdJKPwqW4pZ0

    Soprano Natalya Romaniw and pianist Lada Valešová take us on a journey through Slavic song on this sumptuous album. Welsh-born soprano Natalya Romaniw is of Ukrainian descent, roots she explores in this recital, which is dedicated to her Ukrainian grandfather.

    The generous programme encompasses a wealth of music by Russian and Czech composers. Dvorák's Love Songs, Op.83, are at the heart of the album, and his idiomatic Czech style influenced Janácek, from whom we hear a selection of Moravian folk songs. Novák in turn was fascinated by Moravian folk music and was influenced by Janácek; Novák's gift for melody shines in Romaniw's interpretations of his songs.

    From Russia, meanwhile, we hear magical, almost operatic music from Rimsky-Korsakov, powerful passion from Tchaikovsky, and some of Rachmaninov's most exquisite songs. Natalya Romaniw is often noted for the Slavic character of her voice, a quality heard to full effect on this recording.

    "Star quality oozes from every note sung by the Welsh soprano in this selection of songs from Russia and the former Czechoslovakia. Indeed, I can think of no other British singer from my lifetime who brings such an idiomatic sound — a big, bright lirico-spinto soprano shot with melancholy — to this repertory...Valesova’s limpid playing is an outstanding feature of this superb disc."
    - The Sunday Times

    Works

    Dvořák: Liebeslieder (8), Op. 83
    Janáček: Moravian Folk Poetry
    Novák, V: A Tale of the Heart Op. 8
    Rachmaninov: Arion, Op. 34 No. 5
    Rachmaninov: How fair this spot, Op. 21 No. 7
    Rachmaninov: Sing not, O lovely one (Ne poi, krasavitsa, pri mne), Op. 4 No. 4
    Rachmaninov: Spring torrents, Op. 14 No.11
    Rachmaninov: The Harvest Of Sorrow, Op. 4 No. 5
    Rimsky Korsakov: 2 Songs, Op. 56 (Maykov)
    Rimsky Korsakov: Softly the Spirit Flew up to Heaven, Op. 27 No. 1
    Tchaikovsky: Den' li tsarit? (Does the day reign?), Op. 47 No. 6
    Tchaikovsky: Otchevo? (Why?), Op. 6 No. 5
    Tchaikovsky: The mild stars shone for us, Op. 60 No. 12

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duncan View Post
    Soprano Natalya Romaniw and pianist Lada Valešová take us on a journey through Slavic song on this sumptuous album. Welsh-born soprano Natalya Romaniw is of Ukrainian descent, roots she explores in this recital, which is dedicated to her Ukrainian grandfather. The generous programme encompasses a wealth of music by Russian and Czech composers. Dvorák's Love Songs, Op.83, are at the heart of the album, and his idiomatic Czech style influenced Janácek, from whom we hear a selection of Moravian folk songs. Novák in turn was fascinated by Moravian folk music and was influenced by Janácek; Novák's gift for melody shines in Romaniw's interpretations of his songs. From Russia, meanwhile, we hear magical, almost operatic music from Rimsky-Korsakov, powerful passion from Tchaikovsky, and some of Rachmaninov's most exquisite songs. Natalya Romaniw is often noted for the Slavic character of her voice, a quality heard to full effect on this recording."Star quality oozes from every note sung by the Welsh soprano in this selection of songs from Russia and the former Czechoslovakia. Indeed, I can think of no other British singer from my lifetime who brings such an idiomatic sound — a big, bright lirico-spinto soprano shot with melancholy — to this repertory...Valesova’s limpid playing is an outstanding feature of this superb disc."
    - The Sunday Times

    Works

    Dvořák: Liebeslieder (8), Op. 83
    Janáček: Moravian Folk Poetry
    Novák, V: A Tale of the Heart Op. 8
    Rachmaninov: Arion, Op. 34 No. 5
    Rachmaninov: How fair this spot, Op. 21 No. 7
    Rachmaninov: Sing not, O lovely one (Ne poi, krasavitsa, pri mne), Op. 4 No. 4
    Rachmaninov: Spring torrents, Op. 14 No.11
    Rachmaninov: The Harvest Of Sorrow, Op. 4 No. 5
    Rimsky Korsakov: 2 Songs, Op. 56 (Maykov)
    Rimsky Korsakov: Softly the Spirit Flew up to Heaven, Op. 27 No. 1
    Tchaikovsky: Den' li tsarit? (Does the day reign?), Op. 47 No. 6
    Tchaikovsky: Otchevo? (Why?), Op. 6 No. 5
    Tchaikovsky: The mild stars shone for us, Op. 60 No. 12
    her Janáček sounds totally different from what I am used to with these songs

    my brother plays in a traditional folk music band

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    Ligeti - Violin Concerto
    Patricia Kopatchinskaja/Peter Eotvos/Ensemble Modern

    I thought I’d follow up Mozart’s Requiem with Ligeti’s Requiem from a different planet, but it was a little bit too heavy for now so I settled for Ligeti's violin concerto, which is making for exciting listening. Not a contemporary composer that I have been particularly taken with so far, but I’m getting there.
    "If we understood the world, we would realize that there is a logic of harmony underlying its manifold apparent dissonances." - Jean Sibelius

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    "Beethoven tells you what it’s like to be Beethoven and Mozart tells you what it’s like to be human. Bach tells you what it’s like to be the universe." - Douglas Adams

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    J.S. Bach: Clavier übung, Buch III

    Andreas Fischer (organ of St. Katharinen, Hamburg)

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    Dopper: Symphony #7, "Zuiderzee"
    Radio Symphony Orchestra & Peter Van Anrooy

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    Quote Originally Posted by jim prideaux View Post
    I fully agree with you regarding this 'wonderful but neglected symphony' and I also agree with your observation about this performance and recording. However I would ask (politely of course) whether you have heard the Segerstam Helsinki P.O.(Ondine) as to these ears it really is superb.....particularly with regard to the enigmatic central movement!
    I have not! I will look for it. I'm always interested in new (to me) good Sibelius recordings...

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    Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky

    Night on the Bare Mountain (Rimsky-Korsakov version)
    Hopak from Sorochintsy Fair
    Golitsïn's Exhile from Khovanschchina
    Night on the Bare Mountain (original version)
    Pictures at an Exhibition (orch. Maurice Ravel)

    National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine
    Theodore Kuchar, conductor

    2003

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    Still listening to Chopin:

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    THE NIGHT OF SAINT NICHOLAS
    A Medieval Liturgy for Advent
    Medieval Anonymous
    La Reverdie
    I Cantori Gregoriani


    ARCANA
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    Disc 1 of 3 - Bryden Thomson leading the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in Bohuslav Martinu's "Symphony No. 5":

    I love music. I want music. I need music.

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    Disc 3 of 5 - Vernon Handley leading the BBC Philharmonic in Sir Arnold Bax's "Symphony No. 5":

    I love music. I want music. I need music.

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    Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2

    Daniel Barenboim (piano)

    New Philharmonia Orchestra, Otto Klemperer
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    Bach - Vivaldi: Double Concertos for Violin & Cello Piccolo

    Giuliano Carmignola (violin), Mario Brunello (cello)
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    Schubert: Arpeggione Sonata & other works for cello and piano

    Jean-Guihen Queyras (cello) & Alexandre Tharaud (piano)
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    Liszt: Dante Symphony, Künstlerfestzug; Tasso

    Staatskapelle Weimar, Knabenchor der Jenaer Philharmonie, Damen des Opernchores des Deutschen Nationaltheaters Weimar, Kirill Karabits



    Karabits and the Staatskapelle offer powerful and well-balanced accounts, taking the works on their own terms and drawing out the best they have to offer…In the Symphony’s Magnificat, the two... — BBC Music Magazine, April 2020, More…

    Release Date: 17th Jan 2020


    Presto Recording of the Week
    24th January 2020
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