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Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Ivari Ilja - Dmitri Shostakovich: Suite on Poems by Michelangelo; Franz Liszt: Petrarca Sonnets (2015)

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Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Ivari Ilja - Dmitri Shostakovich: Suite on Poems by Michelangelo; Franz Liszt: Petrarca Sonnets (2015)

Dmitri Shostakovich: Suite on Poems by Michelangelo; Franz Liszt: Sonetti del Petrarca (2015)
Dmitri Hvorostovsky (baritone), Ivari Ilja (piano)

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Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Ondine | # ODE 1277-2 | Time: 00:58:53

Ondine’s fourth release together with star baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky features a program of sonnets by Dmitri Shostakovich (1906–1975) and Franz Liszt (1811–1886). Hvorostovsky is accompanied by his longstanding duo partner, the Estonian pianist Ivari Ilja.

Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Ivari Ilja - Dmitri Shostakovich: Suite on Poems by Michelangelo; Franz Liszt: Petrarca Sonnets (2015)

Dmitri Hvorostovsky has always been just as comfortable on the recital platform as on the operatic stage, a state of affairs happily reflected in the Siberian baritone’s discography, packed with songs by Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky and Mussorgsky. But Italian poetry is the inspiration for this new disc, pairing Shostakovich’s bleak settings of Michelangelo (in Russian) with Liszt’s Petrarch Sonnets.

Shostakovich composed his suite of 11 songs to mark the 500th anniversary of Michelangelo’s birth, although the seed may well have been sown when he heard Benjamin Britten’s Seven Sonnets in Moscow in 1966. Evgeny Nesterenko gave the world premiere in 1974 and recorded the cycle the following year under the composer’s watchful eye.

Hvorostovsky’s baritone isn’t as saturnine as Nesterenko’s bass, of course, but the compensation comes in the heroic ring in his upper register. But there’s no grandstanding here, as can be his way in opera. Hvorostovsky offers searching readings of these rugged, jagged songs which are full of resignation and bittersweet regret, of loss and separation. The later songs anticipate death, yet the final offering, ‘Immortality’, thumbs a nose at death in an insolent piano part – death cannot destroy the artist’s legacy – where the nursery-rhyme simplicity is reminiscent of the Fifteenth Symphony’s ‘toyshop’.

Ivari Ilja, Hvorostovsky’s regular accompanist, catches the prickly anger in ‘Creativity’, hammering at his forge. Ondine captures richer piano tone than Melodiya’s rather shrill recording. Although Nesterenko is more anguished in characterisation, Hvorostovsky caresses the vocal line more in songs such as ‘Night’, with fewer intrusive intakes of breath than on some of his discs. There are few things finer than Hvorostovsky in full flight and Liszt’s Petrarch Sonnets allow him the chance to open up the Italianate warmth in his baritone, with impassioned accounts, especially of Sonnet 47.

Review by Mark Pullinger, Gramophone

The ideal voice for Shostakovich’s Michelangelo Suite is the jet-black bass of Yevgeni Nesterenko, for whom the composer wrote this last song-symphony, and accompanied by the orchestration which followed the voice-and-piano original. But Dmitri Hvorostovsky’s baritone, still one of the great voices, can combine dark timbre with an emotional warmth to offset the granitic style; while pianist Ivari Ilja, although unable to mimic apocalyptic trumpets at the start or flickering harp at the end, conjures up all the rest with austere commitment.

There is recitative-like suppleness in ‘Mourning’ and ‘To the Exile’, and Hvorostovsky’s long-breathed, caressing phrases throughout. Deepest of all, as they must be, are the settings of the stone-carved ‘Night’ response – ‘as long as injury and shame endure, not to see or hear is a great boon to me’ – and the climactic meditation (in 1974, Shostakovich was indeed ‘certain of death, though not yet of its hour’). Ilja is as light in the final, unexpected innocence of a youthful melody as he is vividly hard-hitting in ‘Wrath’ and ‘Creativity’. The recording’s one drawback is more apparent in Liszt’s Three Petrarch Sonnets – a voice too closely captured to let lyric lines breathe. Magical phrasing in the second song’s ‘benedette le voci’ isn’t quite compensation enough, for Hvorostovsky’s golden sound deserves more air around it.

Review by David Nice, BBC Music Magazine

Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Ivari Ilja - Dmitri Shostakovich: Suite on Poems by Michelangelo; Franz Liszt: Petrarca Sonnets (2015)



Tracklist:

Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)
Suite, Op. 145, "Suite on Poems by Michelangelo"
01. I. Istina (Truth) (5:20)
02. II. Utro (Morning) (3:00)
03. III. Lubov (Love) (4:41)
04. IV. Razluka (Separation) (1:52)
05. V. Gnev (Wrath) (1:49)
06. VI. Dante (3:31)
07. VII. Izgnanniku (To the Exile) (4:27)
08. VIII. Tvorchestvo (Creativity) (2:35)
09. IX. Noch (Night) (3:35)
10. X. Smert (Death) (5:19)
11. XI. Bessmertie (Eternity) (3:39)

Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
3 Sonetti di Petrarca, S270/1/R578a (1st version)
12. Pace non trovo (Sonetto 104 di Petrarca), 1st version (5:44)
13. Benedetto sia il giorno (Sonetto 47 di Petrarca), 1st version (6:36)
14. I' vidi in terra angelici costume (Sonetto 123 di Petrarca), 1st version (6:45)


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