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Georgi Vinogradvov - Arias, Duets and Songs: Volume 2
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Georgi Vinogradov (tenor) with accompaniments as above
Experience Classicsonline

The first volume in this series, which was issued on Guild GHCD 2250/03, was an award-winner and very favourably reviewed here (see reviews). It’s really now just a case of reprising the excellences that were showered on that previous release, because this one is just as good. This time it’s a single disc, and ranges over a rather eclectic programme ranging from items with the Red Army Chorus and Ensemble, and including a rarity – a 1950 broadcast of excerpts from a little known Gounod opera. Indeed talking of rarities it seems very much to be the case that Vinogradov’s recordings are hard to track down. Given their provenance in this disc – Russian and Czech made discs from approximately 1946 to 1951 - that seems strange, but nevertheless it’s true. It accounts for the rather noisy transfers, for which Immortal Performances apologises in its booklet note. In compensation, apart from a single side – a song by Khrennikov – and a few Red Army sides, this disc, allied to volume one, is believed to contain all Vinogradov’s known recordings. That inevitably means a collector will pop up clutching some previously unknown items.

The recital begins with two Shaporin songs – the composer best known for The Decembrists. They reveal Vinogradov’s honeyed lyricism, the voice light, exquisitely deployed, never forced. His control of legato paragraphs is Schipa-like, the fluidity, grace and ease of production something of a marvel in itself.  He manages to sustain a requisite body of tone even when singing softly and with ineffable sweetness, as he does in Shaporin’s Among the Worlds. That he could infuse a quickening, urgent verdancy can be shown by his singing of Tchaikovsky’s I wish I could pour into a single word. Much of the repertoire is relatively little known, which is good news for collectors and newcomers alike. But there are well-known items as well. It’s true that the aria from Sadko sounds a little rushed but in compensation we hear a mellifluous lightness and a kind of velvet purity that captivate. So too in the Massenet, sung in Russian. The Gounod opera is Philémon et Baucis and this broadcast derives from a rare LP. There’s a fine, tripping duet with soprano Kapitolina Rachevskaya, there’s a rich, bass buffo role, and an enjoyably genial sense all round.

There is also a sequence of light songs, all sung with idiomatic ease and eloquence. A mournful accordion haunts Shostakovich’s strange Song of Peace, whilst the thrum of the balalaika is a vivid presence in the song by Terentiev. The traditional song The noise of the town is not heard is an especially treasurable example of his art, once again with the Red Army Ensemble.

It’s a pity that no original matrix or issue numbers were provided. But that’s a small point. Once more Vinogradov mavens will need to acquire this tempting disc, which is well annotated and produced into the bargain.

Jonathan Woolf

Track listing
Yuri Alexandrovich SHAPORIN (1889-1966)

Distant Youth Op.12 No.7 – Your Southern Voice is Languid (‘Elegy’) [2:48]
Among the Worlds Op.18 No.7 – Elegy [2:32]
Georgi Borisovich Orentikher (piano)
Mikhail GLINKA (1804-57)
In My Blood Burns The Fire of Desire [1:11]
Kirill Petrovich Vinogradov (piano), recorded 1946
Peter Il’yich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-93)
Songs (16) for Children Op.54 No.10 – Lullaby in a storm [2:40]
Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra/Leonid Piatigorsky, recorded  ?1948
I wish I could pour into a single word (1875) [1:44]
Kirill Petrovich Vinogradov (piano), recorded 1946
Sergey TANEYEV (1856-1915)
If not my passions Op.34 No.2 [1:23]
The last conversation Op.34 No.1
Yakov Polonsky (piano)
Nikolai RIMSKY-KORSAKOV (1844-1908)
In Spring Op.43 No.2 – Not the wind blowing from the heights [1:54]
Kirill Petrovich Vinogradov (piano)
Sadko Scene IV – Without count the pearls are the ocean’s depths (‘Song of the Indian Guest’) (1896) [2:58]
Kirill Petrovich Vinogradov (piano), recorded 1946
Jules MASSENET (1842-1912)
Manon Act II – En fermant les yeux [In Russian] (1884) [2:57]
Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra/Alexander Orlov
Charles GOUNOD (1818-1893)
Philémon et Baucis (1860) [in Russian] – Act I Duo (Du repos); Act I Quartettino (Prenez place à la table); Act III Duo (Philémon! Philémon!); Act III Scene (Qu’est-ce que donc?): Act II finale (Sous le poids de l’âge) [24:01]
Kapitolina Rachevskaya (soprano); Alexei Korolyov (bass); Vsyevolod Tyutyunnik (bass); Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra/Samuel Samosud, recorded 1950
Matvei BLANTER (1903-90)
My beloved [1:33]
Kirill Petrovich Vinogradov (piano)
Konstantin LISTOV (1900-1983)
The Camp on the Don [3:01]
Little message [2:00]
R.G. Rosenhaus (piano)
Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975)
Meeting on the Elbe Op.80 No.8 – Song of Peace [3:06]
Red Army Chorus and Ensemble/Boris Alexandrov, recorded 1949
Tikhon KHRENNIKOV (1913-2007)
Song about a Song [3:07]
Orchestra/Vladimir Knushevitsky
Konstantin VILBOIS (1817-1882)
The Sailors [3:16]
Andrei Ivanov (baritone)
Naum Gennadievich Walter (piano)
Boris TERENTIEV (1913-1989)
Winter Evening [2:59]
Ossipov Folk Orchestra/Dmitri Ossipovich Ossipov
Traditional (Russian)
I sit on the stone [2:02]
Red Army Chorus and Ensemble/Boris Alexandrov, recorded ? 1949
Amid the even valley [2:51]
Red Army Chorus and Ensemble/Boris Alexandrov
The noise of the town is not heard [4:32]
Red Army Chorus and Ensemble/Boris Alexandrov, recorded 1951
Boris SHEREMETIEV (1822-1906)
I loved you [3:22]
Red Army Chorus and Ensemble/Boris Alexandrov, recorded 1951




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