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Sviridov: Works on Lyrics by Sergei Yesenin

Sviridov: Works on Lyrics by Sergei Yesenin

Sviridov: Works on Lyrics by Sergei Yesenin

  • Disc number in the directory: MEL CD 1002336
  • Recorded: 1957-1970
  • Release: 2015
... But most of all my love for native land
Tormented, tortured and burnt me …
S. Yesenin
   Firma Melodiya presents an album dedicated to the anniversaries of two great figures of Russian culture of the 20th century – Sergei Yesenin (1895–1925) and Georgy Sviridov (1915–1998). “Once … I met a poet I knew, and he spent a long time reading Yesenin for me. That’s when Yesenin’s verses imprinted themselves on my soul. When I got back home, I could not fall asleep… The music came suddenly. … That was how I wrote my first song to Yesenin’s text which later became a core song in my Poem to the Memory of Sergei Yesenin. The rest of the songs were composed during two weeks, all at once”.
   The premiere of the Poem to the Memory of Sergei Yesenin took place in 1956, in Moscow and was a new milestone in the composer’s career properly unveiling his original style and subtle feeling for poetry to the public. On the other hand, Sviridov’s Poem where the composer strived to render the poet’s spiritual side and passionate “love for the native land” became an actual rehabilitation of Yesenin’s poetry which had been covertly prohibited for a long time.
   Soon after completion of the vocal and symphonic Poem, the composer came up with the cycle My Father Is a Peasant for tenor, baritone and piano where Yesenin’s images of Russian nature and scenes of country life were expressed by means of chamber vocal lyric music.
   Wooden Russia, a small cantata for tenor, men’s choir and orchestra was composed in 1964 and had an epigraph taken from Yesenin’s verses “Russia, my wooden Russia!”. The poet’s four poems recreate an image of old patriarchal Russia while the last lines of the final movement herald its tragic demise.
   Georgy Sviridov’s cantatas set to the poetry of Sergei Yesenin are performed by the Republican Academic Choir led by Alexander Yurlov and such luminaries of domestic conducting art as Yuri Temirkanov and Gennady Rozhdestvensky. The chamber cycle is sung by Alexei Maslennikov, an outstanding interpreter of Sviridov’s music who is accompanied by the author.

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  • 1
     
    To The Memory of Sergei Esenin: I.My Dear Land Deserted Lay
    Alexey Maslennikov, Yurlov Russian State Academic Choir, Leningrad Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, Yuri Temirkanov (Georgy Sviridov - Sergei Esenin)
    04:01
  • 2
     
    To The Memory of Sergei Esenin: II.The Winter Sings
    Yurlov Russian State Academic Choir, Leningrad Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, Yuri Temirkanov (Georgy Sviridov - Sergei Esenin)
    04:22
  • 3
     
    To The Memory of Sergei Esenin: III.In that Land
    Alexey Maslennikov, Leningrad Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, Yuri Temirkanov (Georgy Sviridov - Sergei Esenin)
    04:05
  • 4
     
    To The Memory of Sergei Esenin: IV.Treshing
    Yurlov Russian State Academic Choir, Leningrad Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, Yuri Temirkanov (Georgy Sviridov - Sergei Esenin)
    03:10
  • 5
     
    To The Memory of Sergei Esenin: V.Midsummer Night
    Yurlov Russian State Academic Choir, Leningrad Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, Yuri Temirkanov (Georgy Sviridov - Sergei Esenin)
    04:18
  • 6
     
    To The Memory of Sergei Esenin: VI. Midsummer Night
    Alexey Maslennikov, Leningrad Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, Yuri Temirkanov (Georgy Sviridov - Sergei Esenin)
    03:32
  • 7
     
    To The Memory of Sergei Esenin: VII. 1919
    Yurlov Russian State Academic Choir, Leningrad Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, Yuri Temirkanov (Georgy Sviridov - Sergei Esenin)
    02:38
  • 8
     
    To The Memory of Sergei Esenin VIII.Peasant Lads
    Yurlov Russian State Academic Choir, Leningrad Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, Yuri Temirkanov (Georgy Sviridov - Sergei Esenin)
    02:24
  • 9
     
    To The Memory of Sergei Esenin: IX. I Am The Last of The Village Poets
    Alexey Maslennikov, Leningrad Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, Yuri Temirkanov (Georgy Sviridov - Sergei Esenin)
    05:10
  • 10
     
    To The Memory of Sergei Esenin: X. Moon Like a Clapper Clangs
    Yurlov Russian State Academic Choir, Leningrad Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, Yuri Temirkanov (Georgy Sviridov - Sergei Esenin)
    02:36
  • 11
     
    My Father is a Farmer: I. Sledge
    Alexey Maslennikov, Georgy Sviridov (Georgy Sviridov - Sergei Esenin)
    01:20
  • 12
     
    My Father is a Farmer: II. Russ is Shining in The Heart
    Igor Morozov, Georgy Sviridov (Georgy Sviridov - Sergei Esenin)
    02:16
  • 13
     
    My Father is a Farmer: III. The Little Birch Tree
    Alexey Maslennikov, Georgy Sviridov (Georgy Sviridov - Sergei Esenin)
    03:27
  • 14
     
    My Father is a Farmer: IV. Recruit
    Alexey Maslennikov, Igor Morozov, Georgy Sviridov (Georgy Sviridov - Sergei Esenin)
    01:24
  • 15
     
    My Father is a Farmer: V. A Song by The Talyanka
    Igor Morozov, Georgy Sviridov (Georgy Sviridov - Sergei Esenin)
    01:39
  • 16
     
    My Father is a Farmer: VI. In The Evening
    Alexey Maslennikov, Igor Morozov, Georgy Sviridov (Georgy Sviridov - Sergei Esenin)
    02:06
  • 17
     
    My Father is a Farmer: VII. There is one good song at Nightingales
    Alexey Maslennikov, Georgy Sviridov (Georgy Sviridov - Sergei Esenin)
    04:47
  • 18
     
    Wooden Russia: I.Farewell, Dear Forest
    Alexey Maslennikov, Grand Symphony Orchestra of All-Union National Radio Service and Central Television Networks, Gennady Rozhdestvensky (Georgy Sviridov - Sergei Esenin)
    00:58
  • 19
     
    Wooden Russia: II. Swamps and Marshes
    Alexey Maslennikov, Grand Symphony Orchestra of All-Union National Radio Service and Central Television Networks, Gennady Rozhdestvensky (Georgy Sviridov - Sergei Esenin)
    02:29
  • 20
     
    Wooden Russia: III. I Am Poor Wanderer
    Alexey Maslennikov, Grand Symphony Orchestra of All-Union National Radio Service and Central Television Networks, Gennady Rozhdestvensky (Georgy Sviridov - Sergei Esenin)
    02:01


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