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GEN 15378 2.10.2015
Edition: select
18.90 €

Modest Mussorgsky (1839–1881)  
Marfa’s Song
Aleksandr Dargomyzhsky (1813–1869)  
The Stone Guest
Laura’s First Song
Piotr Tchaikovsky (1840–1893)  
Eugene Onegin
Olga’s Aria
Nikolai Rimski-Korsakov (1844–1908)  
The Tsar’s Bride
Monologue of Lyubasha
Piotr Tchaikovsky  
Pique Dame—The Queen of Spades
Polina’s Aria
The Countess’s Aria
Mikhail Glinka (1804–1857)  
Ivan Susanin—A Life for the Tsar
Vanya’s Aria
Piotr Tchaikovsky  
The Maid of Orleans
Joan of Arc’s Aria
Aleksandr Borodin (1833–1887)  
Prince Igor
Konchakovna’s Cavatina
Modest Mussorgsky  
Boris Godunov
Marina Mniszech’s Aria
Nikolai Rimski-Korsakov  
The Snow Maiden
Dance of the Skomorokhi

Russian Arias

from operas by Borodin, Dargomyzhsky, Glinka, Mussorgsky, Rimski-Korsakov and Tchaikovsky

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From dreamy whispers to ecstasy, from young girls to mature women: this is all found in the fantastic voice of the great Bulgarian mezzo-soprano Vesselina Kasarova. Immediately, from the very first moment of her new GENUIN CD, she draws us under her spell and presents diversity within its limitations: accompanied by the precise Philharmonie Baden-Baden under the direction of Pavel Baleff, the singer recorded solely Russian repertoire. Discoveries and re-discoveries: even if one is familiar with the marvelous Boris Godunov or Eugene Onegin, who knows the Stone Guest, or The Maid of Orleans? A superior blend of repertoire and world-class interpretation!

"This programme of arias abounds in gorgeous melodies but my personal favourite is Konchakovna’s Aria from Borodin’s “Prince Igor”, where Kasarova exploits her burnished lower register to convey the sensuality of the music, with its slithering chromaticism and passionate melismata."
Review on MusicWeb International by Ralph Moore, November 2015

"There is plenty of formidable heft in her lower register, which makes easy work of Tchaikovsky’s Joan of Arc. (...) The Philharmonie Baden-Baden under Pavel Baleff play attentively."
Review on the magazine Gramophone by Mark Pullinger, 2/4/2016

Opera News
"Kasarova’s mature voice is remarkable throughout this disc, and her interpretation of text makes each character come alive. Depth of thought is reflected in a great variety of vocal colors and interpretive insights. Those with a strong interest in the Russian opera repertory will be delighted to hear this impressive disc."
Review on the magazine Opera News by Henson Keys, 4/18/2016

Berlin´s Dussmann appreciates the new CD by Vesselina Kasarova: