Elisabeth Söderström – The Russian Songbook


Elisabeth Söderström – The Russian Songbook
Elisabeth Söderström
Label
Decca
Catalogue No.
4802067
Barcode
00028948020676
Format
2-CD
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TRACK LISTING / ARTISTS

CD 1
TCHAIKOVSKY
1 The cuckoo, Op. 54 No. 8
2 Evening, Op. 27 No. 4)
3 The nightingale, Op. 60 No. 4
4 Last night, Op. 60 No. 1
5 None but the lonely heart, Op. 6 No. 6
6 Lullaby, Op. 16 No. 1
7 Why?, Op. 6 No. 5
8 The frightening moment, Op. 28 No. 6
9 Whether the day reigns, Op. 47 No. 6
10 Spring , Op. 54 No. 9
11 Simple words, Op. 60 No. 5
12 Mezza notte
13 Serenade, Op. 65 No. 1
14 Deception, Op. 65 No. 2
15 Poème d’October, Op. 65 No. 4
16 Les larmes, Op. 65 No. 5
17 The sun has slipped from sight, Op. 73 No. 4
18 As on hot ashes, Op. 25 No. 2
19 My protector, my angel, my friend
20 Zemfira’s song
21 Do not believe it, my friend, Op. 6 No. 1
22 To forget so soon
23 O do sing that song, Op. 16 No. 4
24 Spirit my heart away
25 Why did I dream of you?, Op. 28 No. 3
26 It was in the early spring, Op. 38 No. 2
27 Amid the noise of the ball, Op. 38 No. 3
28 If only I’d known, Op. 47 No. 1

CD 2
1 Was I not a little blade of grass?, Op. 47 No. 7
2 My little garden, Op. 54 No. 4
3 Do not ask, Op. 57 No. 3
4 This, our first reunion, Op. 63 No. 4
5 Serenade, Op. 63 No. 6
6 Rondel, Op. 65 No. 6
7 We sat together, Op. 73 No. 1
8 Behind the window, in the shadow, Op. 60 No. 10

MUSSORGSKY
9-15 The Nursery

PROKOFIEV
16 Gadkiy Utenok (The Ugly Duckling), Op. 18

GRETCHANINOV
17-21 The Lane – Five Children’s Songs, Op. 89

Elisabeth Söderström, soprano
Vladimir Ashkenazy, piano

Recording information

Recording Producers: Richard Beswick (CD1: 1-5, 7-10, CD2: 9-15); James Walker (CD1: 6, 11-28, CD2: 1-6, 16-21); Christopher Raeburn (CD2: 7, 8)
Balance Engineers: Simon Eadon, Colin Moorfoot (CD1: 1-18); Colin Moorfoot (CD1: 19-28, CD2: 1-6, 9-15); Simon Eadon (CD2: 16-21); John Pellowe (CD2: 7, 8)
Recording Locations: All Saints’ Church, Petersham, Surrey, UK, April 1978 (CD2: 16-21); St. George the Martyr, London, UK, June 1979 (CD1: 1-5, 7-10), March 1980 (CD1: 6, 11-18); Kingsway Hall, London, UK, June 1982 (CD1: 19-28, CD2: 1-6); Rosslyn Hill Chapel, London, UK, June 1977 (CD2: 9-15), November 1981 (CD2: 7, 8)

Reviews

‘The Maikov Lullaby is enchantingly done, especially with the gentle wash of piano tone in the background from Ashkenazy … a delightful, excellently recorded recital of some songs of which we know too little … Tchaikovsky wrote some exquisite songs; and it is splendid to have them being explored so skilfully, intelligently and sensitively’ (Tchaikovsky Songs) Gramophone

‘brilliant … endearing … musicianly’ (Songs for Children) Gramophone