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Elena Obraztsova & Georgy Sviridov

By Elena Obraztsova

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By Elena Obraztsova, Georgy Sviridov, and Makvala Kasrashvili. By Georgy Sviridov. Classical. 1 listening CD. Published by Naxos (NX.MELCD1002420).

Item Number: NX.MELCD1002420

To the 100th anniversary of the great Russian composer Georgy Sviridov Firma Melodiya presents an album of his romances and songs performed by Elena Obraztsova. This album showcases the fruit of creative collaboration between Georgy Sviridov and Elena Obraztsova, one of the best Russian female singers of the 20th century. Although Obraztsova performed on the most famous operatic stages of the world, she devoted as much attention to chamber singing. She who sang with the greatest conductors of the century made up an ideal ensemble with Sviridov. The programme features some of the romances and songs from the cycle St. Petersburg Songs set to Blok's poems, the poem Cast Off Russia to Yesenin's poems and an excerpt from the chorus cycle Songs from Hard Times based on Blok's verses. The performers are the best choirs of Moscow (the Moscow Chamber Choir led by Vladimir Minin and the chamber line-up of the Yurlov Republican Academic Capella) and the renowned singer Makvala Kasrashvili. The piano is played by Georgy Sviridov. The tracks were recorded in the Firma Melodiya studios and live at the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory in 1980 and at the Grand Hall of the Leningrad Philharmonic Society in 1983.

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