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Mussorgsky: Songs Volume 1

Sergei Leiferkus

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Although Sergei Leiferkus does not have the most powerful baritone in the world, his insight, intelligence, intuition, authority, and soulfulness more than compensate. And in the Russian art song repertoire, he hardly has any competitors. His recordings of Glinka and Tchaikovsky are flat out magnificent. But decades from now, when art song aficionados speak of Leiferkus, it will be his recordings of the songs of Mussorgsky that are mentioned in hushed whispers and reverential tones. Not since Boris Chirstoff's sublime survey of the complete Mussorgsky songs has another singer of comparable stature scaled the heights Leiferkus reaches in the first volume of the songs. His The Songs and Dances of Death are among the most terrifying, moving, and truthful ever recorded. His The Puppet-Show is dreadfully, nastily witty and his Forgotten is heartbreaking. His Darling Savishna is drop-dead funny. And his concluding Mephistopheles' Song of the Flea is grotesquely hilarious. In all ways, this is one of the best art song recitals in years. Except for one thing. There is not much good to say about his recording of The Nursery. Sung throughout in his head voice, as Mussorgsky requires, Leiferkus' interpretation of the songs through his tone is frankly agonizing to hear. He minces, he mutters, he mumbles, he does everything except chew the scenery. This is still a highly recommend recording, but just skip Leiferkus' The Nursery.
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Songs and Dances of Death (Modeste Moussorgski)

1
Lullaby
00:05:12

Semion Skigin, Piano - Modest Mussorgsky, Composer - Tryggvi Tryggvason, Producer - Tryggvi Tryggvason, Engineer - Marian Freeman, Edited By - Sergei Leiferkus, Baritone - Emma Stocker, Edited By - Arsenyi Golenischev-Kutusov, Lyricist - John Kehoe, Executive Producer - Geoff Miles, 2nd Engineer

(P) 1995 Conifer Records Limited

2
Serenade
00:04:29

Semion Skigin, Piano - Modest Mussorgsky, Composer - Tryggvi Tryggvason, Producer - Tryggvi Tryggvason, Engineer - Marian Freeman, Edited By - Sergei Leiferkus, Baritone - Emma Stocker, Edited By - Arsenyi Golenischev-Kutusov, Lyricist - John Kehoe, Executive Producer - Geoff Miles, 2nd Engineer

(P) 1995 Conifer Records Limited

3
Trepak
00:04:55

Semion Skigin, Piano - Modest Mussorgsky, Composer - Tryggvi Tryggvason, Producer - Tryggvi Tryggvason, Engineer - Marian Freeman, Edited By - Sergei Leiferkus, Baritone - Emma Stocker, Edited By - Arsenyi Golenischev-Kutusov, Lyricist - John Kehoe, Executive Producer - Geoff Miles, 2nd Engineer

(P) 1995 Conifer Records Limited

4
The Field Marshal
00:05:51

Semion Skigin, Piano - Modest Mussorgsky, Composer - Tryggvi Tryggvason, Producer - Tryggvi Tryggvason, Engineer - Marian Freeman, Edited By - Sergei Leiferkus, Baritone - Emma Stocker, Edited By - Arsenyi Golenischev-Kutusov, Lyricist - John Kehoe, Executive Producer - Geoff Miles, 2nd Engineer

(P) 1995 Conifer Records Limited

The Nursery (Modeste Moussorgski)

5
With Nanny
00:01:58

Marian Freeman, Edited By - Modest Mussorgsky, Composer - Modest Mussorgsky, Lyricist - Emma Stocker, Edited By - Sergei Leiferkus, Baritone - Tryggvi Tryggvason, Producer - Tryggvi Tryggvason, Engineer - Geoff Miles, 2nd Engineer - Semion Skigin, Piano - John Kehoe, Executive Producer

(P) 1995 Conifer Records Limited

6
In the Corner
00:01:45

Marian Freeman, Edited By - Modest Mussorgsky, Composer - Modest Mussorgsky, Lyricist - Emma Stocker, Edited By - Sergei Leiferkus, Baritone - Tryggvi Tryggvason, Producer - Tryggvi Tryggvason, Engineer - Geoff Miles, 2nd Engineer - Semion Skigin, Piano - John Kehoe, Executive Producer

(P) 1995 Conifer Records Limited

7
The Beetle
00:02:23

Marian Freeman, Edited By - Modest Mussorgsky, Composer - Modest Mussorgsky, Lyricist - Emma Stocker, Edited By - Sergei Leiferkus, Baritone - Tryggvi Tryggvason, Producer - Tryggvi Tryggvason, Engineer - Geoff Miles, 2nd Engineer - Semion Skigin, Piano - John Kehoe, Executive Producer

(P) 1995 Conifer Records Limited

8
With the Doll
00:02:09

Marian Freeman, Edited By - Modest Mussorgsky, Composer - Modest Mussorgsky, Lyricist - Emma Stocker, Edited By - Sergei Leiferkus, Baritone - Tryggvi Tryggvason, Producer - Tryggvi Tryggvason, Engineer - Geoff Miles, 2nd Engineer - Semion Skigin, Piano - John Kehoe, Executive Producer

(P) 1995 Conifer Records Limited

9
At Bedtime
00:02:14

Marian Freeman, Edited By - Modest Mussorgsky, Composer - Modest Mussorgsky, Lyricist - Emma Stocker, Edited By - Sergei Leiferkus, Baritone - Tryggvi Tryggvason, Producer - Tryggvi Tryggvason, Engineer - Geoff Miles, 2nd Engineer - Semion Skigin, Piano - John Kehoe, Executive Producer

(P) 1995 Conifer Records Limited

10
The Hobby Horse
00:03:33

Marian Freeman, Edited By - Modest Mussorgsky, Composer - Modest Mussorgsky, Lyricist - Emma Stocker, Edited By - Sergei Leiferkus, Baritone - Tryggvi Tryggvason, Producer - Tryggvi Tryggvason, Engineer - Geoff Miles, 2nd Engineer - Semion Skigin, Piano - John Kehoe, Executive Producer

(P) 1995 Conifer Records Limited

11
The Cat 'Sailor'
00:02:41

Marian Freeman, Edited By - Modest Mussorgsky, Composer - Modest Mussorgsky, Lyricist - Emma Stocker, Edited By - Sergei Leiferkus, Baritone - Tryggvi Tryggvason, Producer - Tryggvi Tryggvason, Engineer - Geoff Miles, 2nd Engineer - Semion Skigin, Piano - John Kehoe, Executive Producer

(P) 1995 Conifer Records Limited

12
The Puppet-Show
00:14:31

Marian Freeman, Edited By - Modest Mussorgsky, Composer - Modest Mussorgsky, Lyricist - Emma Stocker, Edited By - Sergei Leiferkus, Baritone - Tryggvi Tryggvason, Producer - Tryggvi Tryggvason, Engineer - Geoff Miles, 2nd Engineer - Semion Skigin, Piano - John Kehoe, Executive Producer

(P) 1995 Conifer Records Limited

13
Forgotten
00:02:32

Semion Skigin, Piano - Modest Mussorgsky, Composer - Tryggvi Tryggvason, Producer - Tryggvi Tryggvason, Engineer - Marian Freeman, Edited By - Sergei Leiferkus, Baritone - Emma Stocker, Edited By - Arsenyi Golenischev-Kutusov, Lyricist - John Kehoe, Executive Producer - Geoff Miles, 2nd Engineer

(P) 1995 Conifer Records Limited

14
The Seminarist
00:04:32

Marian Freeman, Edited By - Modest Mussorgsky, Composer - Modest Mussorgsky, Lyricist - Emma Stocker, Edited By - Sergei Leiferkus, Baritone - Tryggvi Tryggvason, Producer - Tryggvi Tryggvason, Engineer - Geoff Miles, 2nd Engineer - Semion Skigin, Piano - John Kehoe, Executive Producer

(P) 1995 Conifer Records Limited

15
Darling Savishna
00:01:16

Marian Freeman, Edited By - Modest Mussorgsky, Composer - Modest Mussorgsky, Lyricist - Emma Stocker, Edited By - Sergei Leiferkus, Baritone - Tryggvi Tryggvason, Producer - Tryggvi Tryggvason, Engineer - Geoff Miles, 2nd Engineer - Semion Skigin, Piano - John Kehoe, Executive Producer

(P) 1995 Conifer Records Limited

16
The He-Goat: A Worldly Story
00:02:32

Marian Freeman, Edited By - Modest Mussorgsky, Composer - Modest Mussorgsky, Lyricist - Emma Stocker, Edited By - Sergei Leiferkus, Baritone - Tryggvi Tryggvason, Producer - Tryggvi Tryggvason, Engineer - Geoff Miles, 2nd Engineer - Semion Skigin, Piano - John Kehoe, Executive Producer

(P) 1995 Conifer Records Limited

17
Mephistopheles' Song of the Flea
00:03:00

Semion Skigin, Piano - Modest Mussorgsky, Composer - Tryggvi Tryggvason, Producer - Tryggvi Tryggvason, Engineer - Marian Freeman, Edited By - Sergei Leiferkus, Baritone - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Lyricist - Strougovtschikov, Translator - Emma Stocker, Edited By - John Kehoe, Executive Producer - Geoff Miles, 2nd Engineer

(P) 1995 Conifer Records Limited

Album Description

Although Sergei Leiferkus does not have the most powerful baritone in the world, his insight, intelligence, intuition, authority, and soulfulness more than compensate. And in the Russian art song repertoire, he hardly has any competitors. His recordings of Glinka and Tchaikovsky are flat out magnificent. But decades from now, when art song aficionados speak of Leiferkus, it will be his recordings of the songs of Mussorgsky that are mentioned in hushed whispers and reverential tones. Not since Boris Chirstoff's sublime survey of the complete Mussorgsky songs has another singer of comparable stature scaled the heights Leiferkus reaches in the first volume of the songs. His The Songs and Dances of Death are among the most terrifying, moving, and truthful ever recorded. His The Puppet-Show is dreadfully, nastily witty and his Forgotten is heartbreaking. His Darling Savishna is drop-dead funny. And his concluding Mephistopheles' Song of the Flea is grotesquely hilarious. In all ways, this is one of the best art song recitals in years. Except for one thing. There is not much good to say about his recording of The Nursery. Sung throughout in his head voice, as Mussorgsky requires, Leiferkus' interpretation of the songs through his tone is frankly agonizing to hear. He minces, he mutters, he mumbles, he does everything except chew the scenery. This is still a highly recommend recording, but just skip Leiferkus' The Nursery.
© TiVo

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