Alyabyev: Selected Romances and Songs (1 CD)

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MEL CD 1002161
Firma Melodiya presents a collection of selected romances and songs by Alexander Alyabiev. So well-known to the wide audience as an author of The Nightingale, Alexander AnatolievichAlyabiev was a man who lived a very bright, eventful and at the same time hard life. He also was a brave officer who fought in the Patriotic War of 1812, an outstanding composer and founder of Russian lyrical romance that anticipated many of the discoveries I Russian music of the 19th century, and a disgraced exile who spent the years of his creative prime in Siberia. Alyabiev composed music in different genres, but his highest creative achievements were connected with romances. He was one of the first composes who created original, distinctive romances on the texts by Pushkin. Alyabiev also was on friendly terms with many of the contemporary poets and playwrights and created bright dramatic songs full of conflict and protest. The works featured in this collection reflect the diversity of Alyabiev's chamber vocal lyricism which is still able to have an impact on a responsive and emotional listener. Along with popular romances such as Beggar Woman, I See Your Face, The Hut, Village Watchman and I Loved You, the collection comprises several less known ones, including arrangements of Russian, Ukrainian and Georgian folk songs – another side of Alyabiev's musical talent. TherecordingsofAlyabiev'sromancesandsongsweremadein 1978 to 1990 by leading concert singers and soloists of the Moscow music theatres EvgeniyaShevelyova, Nina Fomina, Nina Isakova and others.

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