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Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff Songs

By Lyubov Petrova

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By Lyubov Petrova and Vladimir Feltsman. By Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) and Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943). Classical. CD. Nimbus Records #NI6350. Published by Nimbus Records (NX.NI6350).

Item Number: NX.NI6350

Two composers universally loved, the greater part of their output long established as essential concert repertoire, with the notable exception of their songs. Tchaikovsky wrote 103 songs, beginning with his Op. 6 set, published in 1870, and continuing at regular intervals until the set Op. 73, written in 1893, the last year of his life. Rachmaninoff published 83 songs, his Op. 4 set appearing in 1893, followed by six more groups of songs, ending in 1916 with his set Op. 38: seventy-one songs in all, the balance being made up of works originally withheld from publication. We are fortunate to have so many, bearing in mind that Rachmaninoff left Russia in 1917, and during his twenty-six years of exile completed six significant works. Opera News hails Lyubov Petrova as a "soprano of ravishing, changeable beauty, blazing high notes and magnetic stage presence." She is perhaps most noted for her appearance as Queen of the Night on the 2006 film The Magic Flute directed by Kenneth Branagh. Pianist and conductor Vladimir Feltsman is one of the most versatile and constantly interesting musicians of our time. His vast repertoire encompasses music from the Baroque to 20th century composers.

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