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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Dmitri Hvorostovsky Imposingly Authoritative In New Release

By Norman Lebrecht on June 9, 2017

Sviridov: Russia Cast Adrift; Dmitri Hvorostovsky, 2017 (Delos)
Sviridov: Russia Cast Adrift; Dmitri Hvorostovsky, 2017 (Delos)

Georgy Sviridov: Russia Cast Adrift (Delos)

★★★★ (out of five)

The texts of this song cycle were written by Sergei Yesenin between 1914 and 1920, a period of world war, revolution and civil war. Yesenin committed suicide in 1925 at the age of 30. His poetry is steeped in religious ritual, village life and bucolic imagery.

The music was composed in 1977 by the contemplative, conservative Sviridov, who was born in the thick of Russia’s metamorphosis. His idiom — narrative, tonal, almost static at times — reflects the stand-off between political upheaval and the impervious cycles of nature.

The half-hour cycle is sung here in an orchestral setting made specially for the baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky, who recorded it once before on Philips with piano. Hvorostovsky, a young friend of Sviridov’s, is imposingly authoritative. Every line is inflected with drama, every cadence with a precise calibration of vibrato. Even without much understanding of the Russian language, the interpretation is compelling. Is there a better living singer of Russian Lieder?

One wishes he had sung more: half an hour is a short measure for a full CD.

Georgy Sviridov: Russia Cast Adrift (Delos) is available on June 9, 2017, at Amazon.ca and iTunes.

Hear more from Norman Lebrecht on Slipped Disc.

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