Robert Burns enjoyed a particular following in both Imperial and Soviet Russia as an idealised 'people’s poet’. In the mid-twentieth century Samuel Marshak’s best-selling translations of Burns came to rival Pushkin in popularity and provided a fresh stimulus to Soviet composers – some of whom may have seen Burns’ radical views as a useful cloak for their own non-conformist views.
Vassily Savenko, bass-baritone Alexander Blok, piano
Two Songs to Verses by Robert Burns (1951) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0039/TOCC0039t10.mp3
Three Songs from Six Romances for Bass, Op. 62 (1942) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0039/TOCC0039t12.mp3
Song-Cycle to Verses by Robert Burns, Op. 51 (1956) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0039/TOCC0039t15.mp3
Three Songs from Five Songs to Verses by Robert Burns (1944) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0039/TOCC0039t20.mp3
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Catalogue No: TOCC0039EAN/UPC: 5060113440396Release Date: 12.01.2009Composer: Dmitry Shostakovich, Georgy Sviridov Artists: Alexander Blok, Vassily Savenko
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