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Elisabeth Söderström: The complete "15 romances Op. 26" (Rachmaninov)

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Published on May 18, 2014

15 romances (Op. 26):
I. Yest′ mnogo zvukov 00:00
II. Vsyo otnyal u menya02:40
III. My otdokhnyom 03:35
IV. Dva proshchaniya 05:40
V. Pokinem, milaya 10:32
VI. Khristos voskres 12:50
VII. K detyam 15:48
VIII. Poshchady ya molyu! 20:13
IX. Ya opyat′ odinok 21:34
X. U moyego okna 23:27
XI. Fontan 25:33
XII. Noch′ pechal′na 27:01
XIII. Vchera my vstretilis′ 29:28
XIV. Kol′tso 32:18
XV. Prokhodit vsyo 34:46

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

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"There are many sounds" (texts by Alexei Tolstoi), "All taken from me" (Fyodor Tyutchev), and "We shall rest" (Anton Chekhov, from Uncle Vanya) all deliver powerful music and words. The first is somber in mood, dealing with suppressed desires and feelings; the middle song is brief -- dramatic at the outset and quite lyrical thereafter -- dealing with the central character losing everything, including health, as punishment by God. The last of the three is a dark and effective setting of Chekhov's text.
The long fourth entry, "Two farewells" (Alexei Koltsov), requires a soprano and baritone to sing alternately, as a woman in dialogue with an inquisitive young man. The music is compelling, making this one of the strongest songs in the collection. In "Beloved, let us fly" (Arseny Golenischev-Kutuzov) a man implores his love to go with him to the country. The vocal line is calm and lyrical, the accompaniment restrained.
The sixth and eighth songs are on texts by Dmitri Merezhkovsky. "Christ is risen" and "For mercy I beg" are both powerful works. The former deals with Christ's return to earth and his repulsion at the evil he would observe, while the latter implores oncoming spring not to arouse feelings of pain and suffering. "To Children" (Alexei Kholmyakov) tells of children growing up and leaving home and the parent's resultant pain of loss. The music is simple, if serious, with a gentle, flowing vocal line.
The ninth and twelfth songs are on texts by Ivan Bunin. In "I am again alone," a young man aware his beloved is leaving him. The music is perhaps a bit overdramatic here and, therefore, less compelling. "Night is sorrowful" portrays the poet's hopeless longing for happiness via an attractively mournful melody and deft contrapuntal accompaniment. The tenth song, "At my window," is a Glafira Galina poem about a cherry tree that sings wordlessly of love near the poet's window. The melody and mirroring accompaniment are beautiful, making this among the best items in the set.
The eleventh song, "The fountain," (Tyutchev), describes a fountain whose waters rise to the heavens, and offers vivid imaging in the vocal writing, with a climactic octave leap, and arpeggios on piano to enact the surges of rising water. "Yesterday we met" (Yakov Polonsky) is a man's happenstance meeting with a former lover, and offers simple and direct but constantly changing music, featuring several effective pauses. "The Ring" (Koltsov) tells of a woman discarding her deceased beloved's ring. The music is less compelling here, the nervous accompaniment at the outset and close providing some interest, however.
The final song, "All things depart" (Daniil Rathaus) deals with man's mortality, and Rachmaninov's music has more than a vague religious tone and rises to a powerful climax.

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    • 1. Yest mnogo zvukov
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    • 2. Vsyo otnyal u menya
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    • 3. Mi otdokhnyom
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    • 4. Dva proshchaniya
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    • 5. Pokinem, milaya
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    • 6. Khristos voskres
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    • 7. K detyam
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    • 8. Poshchady ya molyu!
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    • 9. Ya opyat odinok!
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    • 10. U moyevo okna
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