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Vocal Music (Secular and Sacred) - Released January 1, 2013 | Ondine

Booklet Distinctions Gramophone Editor's Choice - Hi-Res Audio
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Concertos - Released January 1, 2004 | Delos

Distinctions 4 étoiles du Monde de la Musique - 9 de Classica-Répertoire
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Concertos - Released January 1, 2002 | Delos

Distinctions Recommandé par Classica
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Vocal Music (Secular and Sacred) - Released November 9, 2018 | Delos

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In 2015, when his vocal maturity was allowing him to take on the big theatrical roles such as Falstaff, Scarpia, Gianni Schicchi, Rigoletto, Gremin and old Germond, our Russian baritone, stricken by an inoperable brain tumour, was forced to cancel all his big stage dates. His last public appearance was on the great gala night of May 7th 2017, thrown for the fiftieth anniversary of the Metropolitan Opera in New York's Lincoln Centre. He delighted the audience with his Cortigiani, vil razza, Rigoletto's famous soliloquy. In the belief that the best medicine was to carry on singing, Dmitri Hvorostovsky worked at his art every day, dreaming of being able to return to the stage. Sadly this dream was taken away from him on 22 November 2017. Blessed from birth with a beautiful voice and good looks, Dmitri Hvorostovsky learned early on how to put these gifts to work, becoming one of the great baritones of recent years. From his international debuts in 1989 his tall figure became a fixture on the great operatic stages of the world. Conceived as a memorial album to mark a year since the early death that shook all lovers of great voices, this new work is a compilation of ten different albums that showcase the full extent of Dmitri Hvorostovsky's talent, from the Russian folk songs that he loved from his youth all the way to his great operatic roles. It's an opportunity to carefully listen again and really take measure of the gaping hole that he has left in the world of lyrical art. © François Hudry/Qobuz

Opera - Released November 10, 2017 | Delos

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Classical - Released January 1, 1993 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released January 1, 2006 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

Classical - Released July 22, 2011 | Delos

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Classical - Released September 21, 2018 | Orfeo

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Concertos - Released January 1, 2001 | Delos

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Classical - Released October 9, 1998 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released December 5, 1997 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

Concertos - Released January 1, 2002 | Delos

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Concertos - Released January 1, 2005 | Delos

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Classical - Released July 22, 2011 | Delos

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Dmitri Hvorostovsky's Pushkin Romances can be seen as a companion to his 2009 Delos release Tchaikovsky Romances, which also features pianist Ivari Ilja. A remarkably versatile poet, Alexander Pushkin (1799-1837) provided the source material for the vast majority of significant 19th century Russian operas, including Glinka's Ruslan and Lyudmila, Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov, Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin and The Queen of Spades, and Rimsky-Korsakov's The Golden Cockerel, as well as texts that have served as the basis for hundreds of song settings. The 17 songs Hvorostovsky sings here are the work of 10 composers and span nearly a century, from the mid-1830s to the mid-'30s. Most of the major 19th century Russian composers have works included, except for Mussorgsky, and the 20th century is represented by Nicolay Medtner and the more obscure Alexander Vlasov and Georgy Sviridov. The songs are warmly Romantic and unabashedly expressive, and those by Rimsky-Korsakov, Cui, Medtner, and Rachmaninov are especially attractive and memorable. With his large, dramatic baritone, interpretive sensitivity, and long familiarity with these songs, Hvorostovsky is the ideal interpreter for this passionate repertoire. If there is any critique of the album it's that, with a few exceptions, the songs tend to be on emotional overdrive, and taken all together they can be a little overwhelming, particularly when Hvorostovsky brings to them the expressive heat and fervor they call for. Pianist Ilja likewise pulls out all the stops and plays with dramatic intensity. Listeners might appreciate the recital best when it is taken in several smaller portions. Delos' sound is clean, warmly ambient, and very present.
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Classical - Released January 1, 1994 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

Classical - Released June 9, 2017 | Delos

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When taken literally, the title Russia Cast Adrift can sound like a vast endeavour for this “vocal poem” by Russian, Soviet and then Russian again composer Georgy Sviridov (1915-1998), a work both glittering and dark, initially written in 1956 for tenor and piano. Dmitri Hvorostovsky, who knew the composer well, was aware of the fact that he had expressed the wish to direct his work, but ran out of time and then… Here is an orchestration by Evgeny Stetsyuk, for whom it is a world premiere recording. Not limiting himself to a “normal” orchestra, Stetsyuk added a Russian traditional music ensemble, with instruments such as the domra (a sort of very ancient mandolin), the balalaika (which everyone knows), the bayan – the ultimate Russian accordion – and the gusli, a psaltery dating back to the Middle Age. Sviridov, a fierce defender of Russian music, was deeply inspired in his work by tradition, in the way it was developed by Mussorgsky for instance, without giving unduly influence to his professor Shostakovich, and even less to the various currents of 20th-century Russia. A “simple” but never simplistic music, deeply moving, strongly defended by Hvorostovsky with undeniable admiration for the composer. Let us hope this album will give the composer an international exposure, as he’s been so far mostly restricted to Russian-speaking spheres. © SM/Qobuz

Classical - Released March 10, 2015 | Delos

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Classical - Released April 26, 1991 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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