Nikolai Tcherepnin (1873-1945) — a student of Rimsky-Korsakov and teacher of Prokofiev — was a Russian-born composer and conductor, and the first of his family's musical dynasty. This CD provides an overview of his ninety-plus songs, which cover a wide range of styles. The early ones are in a late-Romantic idiom; the Japanese Lyrics of 1923 display oriental colours; and the extraordinary Oceanic Suite (1917-23), which sets a series of incantations by the symbolist poet Konstantin Balmont, presents modern evocations of primitive ritual.
Elena Mindlina, soprano David Witten, piano
Four Songs, Op. 16 (Tyutchev; 1903) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0221/TOCC0221t07.mp3
Japanese Lyrics, Op. 52 (1923) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0221/TOCC0221t11.mp3
Four Songs, Op. 8 (1900) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0221/TOCC0221t18.mp3
Oceanic Suite: A Cycle of Incantations, Op. 53 (Balmont; 1917) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0221/TOCC0221t22.mp3
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Catalogue No: TOCC0221EAN/UPC: 5060113442215Release Date: 03.03.2014Composer: Nikolai Tcherepnin Artists: David Witten, Elena Mindlina
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Julian Haylock :
“Profound lyrical enchantment fusing exultant Russian melodiousness with a fastidious palette worthy of Ravel, in masterly performances that radiate the intense joy of each fresh musical discovery.” BBC Music Magazine
Rob Barnett :
“… They are highly romantic in the manner of Rachmaninov and with a strong vein of impressionism. I have no doubt at all that if you already have favourites among the latter’s songs then you can buy this collection with complete confidence. … David Witten is a mature and sensitive pianist… Mindlina brings just the right blend of Slavonic combustibility, dreamy introspection, fairytale fantasy, dark shadows, honeyed sweetness, girlish innocence, play-acting vocal characterisation and operatic blow-torch.” MusicWeb International
Stephen Estep :
“…The Four Songs, Op 8; Four Songs, Op 16; and Fairy Tales, Op 33, are late romantic in style, all well written. …Mindlina does a fine job on all these songs; she has a brighter voice than what comes into my head when I think of a Russian soprano, and she’s a delight to listen to. …The Oceanic Suite: A Cycle of Incantations inhabits a different world than the other sets— it’s less romantic than the three earlier sets, but of fuller texture than the Japanese Lyrics. So, songs worth hearing if not worth obsessing about.” American Record Guide
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