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Elisabeth Söderström: The complete "12 romances Op. 14" (Rachmaninov)

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Published on Apr 20, 2014

12 romances (Op. 14):
I. Ya zhdu tebya 00:00
II. Ostrovok 02:02
III. Davno v lyubvi otrady malo 04:07
IV. Ya byl u ney 05:29
V. Eti letniye nochi 06:56
VI. Tebya tak lyubyat vse 08:55
VII. Ne ver′ mne, drug! 11:38
VIII. O ne grusti 13:07
IX. Ona, kak polden′, khorosha 15:56
X. V moyey dushe 18:47
XI. Vesenniye vody 21:00
XII. Pora! 23:58

Rachmaninov, Sergiej (1873-1943) -composer
Elisabeth Söderström -soprano
Vladimir Ashkenazy -piano

Playlist: The art of Russian song: Glinka, Mussorgsky, Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky...: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list...

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Playlist "Songs of Sergei Rachmaninov": https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list...

All but the first of these dozen songs were composed in 1896, two years after the initial item, "I await you." By the time the composer completed the set, he was finding the vocal idiom more to his liking, though his style was still evolving in all genres. This was his third song collection and probably the best to date.
The aforementioned opening number, on texts by Maria Davidova, offers a yearning melody to express the feelings of an anxious woman awaiting her lover. The piano accompaniment is mostly gentle and sensitive, but in the closing moments becomes quite powerful, perhaps too much so, thereby disclosing the composer's still somewhat immature talents. "Small Island," written on Konstantin Balmont texts, comes next. The melody is tranquil and flowing, and the mood remains serene throughout to depict the scenes of nature in the text.
The third song is "How few the joys," which sets a poem by Afanasy Fet about the agonies of lost love. Not surprisingly, the music has a dark character. "I was with her" expresses the Alexei Koltsov text about mutual love and faithfulness with passionate, exciting vocal writing, underpinned by many colorful arpeggios from the piano accompaniment. "These Summer Nights," using texts by Daniil Rathaus, expresses restive feelings aroused by the mood of the summer night. The piano accompaniment deftly modulates to underscore the uncertainty of the emotions.
The next two songs are on texts by Tolstoy. The first, "You are so loved by all," offers both spoken and musical roles for the voice, with soft piano accompaniment. The mood is sad throughout, the Tolstoy texts dealing with grief. The second of the pair is "Do not believe me, friend," which expresses the feelings of reaffirmation of love for someone apparently neglected. The mood is cheerful and a bit carefree, and the accompaniment deftly shaped and brilliant at the close.
"Oh, do not grieve," a setting of Alexei Apukhtin words, enacts a woman's caring and consoling abilities with a touching melody, that is beautifully elegiac in character. The ensuing pair of songs are on texts by Nikolai Minsky. "She is as beautiful as midday" and "In my soul" share a certain exotic quality in their thematic material and writing, and both songs deal with hopeless feelings owing to failure in love. "Spring Torrents" is one of Rachmaninov's most popular songs, especially in Russia. Using texts from Feodor Tyutchev that herald the onset of spring, it features a buoyant, happy theme, supported by fleet and colorful passages from the piano. The last song here is "It is time," on texts by Semyon Nadson. This is a rousing and powerful piece to close out the set, with potent accompaniment and a text that is an entreaty to a prophet to aid the people in a desperate time.

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    • 1. Ya zhdu tebya
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    • Elisabeth Söderström, Vladimir Ashkenazy
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    • 2. Ostrovok
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    • 3. Davno v lyubvi
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    • 4. Ya byl u ney
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    • 5. Eti letniye nochi
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    • 6. Tebya tak lyubyat vse
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    • 7. Ne ver mne, drug!
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    • 8. O, ne grusti!
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    • 9. Ona, kak pol'den khorosha
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    • 10. V moyey dushe
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