Pauline Viardot: Songs

Pauline Viardot: Songs

Pauline Viardot (1821–1910) was one of the most extraordinary women in the history of music. Daughter of the Spanish tenor Manuel García and sister of the mezzo-soprano Maria Malibran, she studied piano with Liszt and counterpoint and harmony with Reicha, made her debut, also as a mezzo, at the age of sixteen and went on to inspire composers of the stature of Berlioz, Chopin, Gounod, Meyerbeer, Saint-Saëns, Schumann and Wagner, And she was no mean composer herself, as these passionate songs demonstrate. Twelve of them are arrangements of mazurkas by her good friend Frédéric Chopin; the others set some major poems in Russian, a language she spoke fluently.

Ina Kancheva, soprano
Kamelia Kader, mezzo-soprano
Christo Tanev, cello
Ludmil Angelov, piano

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Catalogue No: TOCC0303
EAN/UPC: 5060113443038
Release Date: 01.01.2016
Composer: Pauline Viardot
Artists: Christo Tanev, Ina Kancheva, Kamelia Kader, Ludmil Angelov

Listen To This Recording:

  1. Twelve Poems of Pushkin, Fet and Turgenev: No. 1 ‘The Flower’
  2. Ten Poems of Pushkin, Lermontov, Koltsov, Tutchev and Fet: No. 3 ‘I loved him’
  3. Five Poems of Lermontov and Turgenev: No. 1 ‘At dawn’
  4. Twelve Poems of Pushkin, Fet and Turgenev: No. 4 ‘Midnight Images’
  5. Five Poems of Lermontov and Turgenev: No. 2 ‘The Crag’
  6. Five Poems of Lermontov and Turgenev: No. 3 ‘The Answer’
  7. Ten Poems of Pushkin, Lermontov, Koltsov, Tutchev and Fet: No. 5 ‘For Distant Shores of Homeland’
  8. Ten Poems of Pushkin, Lermontov, Koltsov, Tutchev and Fet: No. 4 ‘The light of evening quietly fades’
  9. Ten Poems of Pushkin, Lermontov, Koltsov, Tutchev and Fet: No. 1 ‘Tell Me Why’
  10. Ten Poems of Pushkin, Lermontov, Koltsov, Tutchev and Fet: No. 9 ‘The Willow Tree’
  11. Twelve Poems of Pushkin, Fet and Turgenev: No. 12 ‘Stars’
  12. Twelve Poems of Pushkin, Fet and Turgenev: No. 6 ‘Invocation’
  13. Five Poems of Lermontov and Turgenev: No. 4 ‘Separation’
  14. Twelve Poems of Pushkin, Fet and Turgenev: No. 2 ‘Upon the hills of Georgia’
  15. Poems by Geibel, Goethe, Koltsov, Lermontov, Morike, Polya, Pushkin, Turgenev, Tiurket, Tiutchev and Fet: No. 53 ‘Old man, harsh husband’
  16. Six mazourkes de Frederic Chopin: 1ere serie: No. 1 ‘Seize-ans’
  17. Six mazourkes de Frederic Chopin: 1ere serie: No. 2 ‘Aime-moi’
  18. Six mazourkes de Frederic Chopin: 1ere serie: No. 3 ‘Plainte d’amour’
  19. Six mazourkes de Frederic Chopin: 1ere serie: No. 4 ‘Coquette’
  20. Six mazourkes de Frederic Chopin: 1ere serie: No. 5 ‘L’oiselet’
  21. Six mazourkes de Frederic Chopin: 1ere serie: No. 6 ‘Separation’
  22. Six mazourkes de Frederic Chopin: 2eme serie: No. 7 ‘La Fete’
  23. Six mazourkes de Frederic Chopin: 2eme serie: No. 8 ‘Faible coeur’
  24. Six mazourkes de Frederic Chopin: 2eme serie: No. 9 ‘La jeune fille’
  25. Six mazourkes de Frederic Chopin: 2eme serie: No. 10 ‘Berceuse’
  26. Six mazourkes de Frederic Chopin: 2eme serie: No. 11 ‘La Danse’
  27. Six mazourkes de Frederic Chopin: 2eme serie: No. 12 ‘La Beaute’

1 review for Pauline Viardot: Songs

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    “For those unfamiliar with her music, this album is the perfect introduction with winning performances by the Bulgarian soprano Ina Kancheva, ably accompanied on the piano by Ludmil Angelov. Viardot was the Maria Callas of her day, a wildly popular operatic diva noted for her vocal agility, her large range spanning three octaves, and her radiant personality. … Saint-Saëns however cited her “impeccable technique” and was enamoured of her songs. … Perhaps Viardot’s best known pieces are her masterly arrangements of 12 Chopin Mazurkas, published in two volumes and performed here in their entirety. … Chopin thought highly of these arrangements and accompanied her in public performances including a concert at Covent Garden in 1848… Ina Kancheva is a fine advocate for these technically demanding pieces which are by turns wistful, nostalgic, joyous and utterly charming. … The revelation in this album comes with the 15 songs written to Russian texts by Pushkin, Turgenev, Fet, Lermontov and others, recorded here for the first time. …instantly likeable pieces… who could fail to be won over by the mischievous setting of the Pushkin poem Old man, cruel husband, delivered by Kancheva with a brisk, cheerful defiance? This enchanting music is not just for connoisseurs; with assured performances and a warm, intimate acoustic, these new recordings are a welcome addition to any music lover’s collection.” –Primephonic, February 2016

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