Arion: Voyage of a Slavic Soul | Orchid Classics ORC100131

Arion: Voyage of a Slavic Soul

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Label: Orchid Classics

Cat No: ORC100131

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 1st May 2020

Contents

Works

Dvorak, Antonin

Pisne milostne (Love Songs) (8), op.83 B160

Janacek, Leos

Moravian Folk Poetry in Songs
» no.1 Laska (Love)
» no.16 Stalost (Constancy)
» no.30 Rozmaryn (Rosemary)
» no.50 Muzikanti (Musicians)

Novak, Vitezslav

Pohadka srdce (Fairytale of the Heart) (5), op.8

Rachmaninov, Sergei

Songs (6), op.4
» no.4 Sing not to me, beautiful maiden
» no.5 Oh thou, my field
Songs (12), op.14
» no.11 Spring Waters
Songs (12), op.21
» no.7 How fair this spot
Songs (14), op.34
» no.5 Arion

Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai

Songs (2), op.56
Songs (4), op.27
» no.1 Softly the Spirit Flew up to Heaven

Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich

Romances (6), op.6
» no.5 Pourquoi? (Otchevo)
Romances (7), op.47
» no.6 Whether the Day Reigns
Romances (12), op.60
» no.12 The mild stars shone for us

Artists

Natalya Romaniw (soprano)
Lada Valesova (piano)

Works

Dvorak, Antonin

Pisne milostne (Love Songs) (8), op.83 B160

Janacek, Leos

Moravian Folk Poetry in Songs
» no.1 Laska (Love)
» no.16 Stalost (Constancy)
» no.30 Rozmaryn (Rosemary)
» no.50 Muzikanti (Musicians)

Novak, Vitezslav

Pohadka srdce (Fairytale of the Heart) (5), op.8

Rachmaninov, Sergei

Songs (6), op.4
» no.4 Sing not to me, beautiful maiden
» no.5 Oh thou, my field
Songs (12), op.14
» no.11 Spring Waters
Songs (12), op.21
» no.7 How fair this spot
Songs (14), op.34
» no.5 Arion

Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai

Songs (2), op.56
Songs (4), op.27
» no.1 Softly the Spirit Flew up to Heaven

Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich

Romances (6), op.6
» no.5 Pourquoi? (Otchevo)
Romances (7), op.47
» no.6 Whether the Day Reigns
Romances (12), op.60
» no.12 The mild stars shone for us

Artists

Natalya Romaniw (soprano)
Lada Valesova (piano)

About

Soprano Natalya Romaniw and pianist Lada Valešová take us on a journey through Slavic song on this sumptuous album. Welsh-born soprano Natalya Romaniw is of Ukrainian descent, roots she explores in this recital, which is dedicated to her Ukrainian grandfather.

The generous programme encompasses a wealth of music by Russian and Czech composers. Dvořák’s Love Songs, op.83, are at the heart of the album, and his idiomatic Czech style influenced Janáček, from whom we hear a selection of Moravian folk songs. Novák in turn was fascinated by Moravian folk music and was influenced by Janáček; Novák’s gift for melody shines in Romaniw’s interpretations of his songs. From Russia, meanwhile, we hear magical, almost operatic music from Rimsky-Korsakov, powerful passion from Tchaikovsky, and some of Rachmaninov’s most exquisite songs. Natalya Romaniw is often noted for the Slavic character of her voice, a quality heard to full effect on this recording.

Reviews

Romaniw is Welsh but has Ukrainian roots, her grandfather settling in Wales during the Second World War. She grew up learning Ukranian folk songs, so the Slavic repertoire seems to come naturally to her. … Make no mistake, Romaniw is a great talent. The plush richness of her soprano is astonishing. … The selection from Janáček’s Moravian Folk Poetry in Songs positively burst with character – aided by the Czech pianist Lada Valešová as ever-attentive partner – while the five Novák songs that close the disc are a revelation, so beautifully crafted. … Remember the name; you’ll not forget the voice.  Mark Pullinger
Gramophone July 2020
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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