Dinara Alieva (soprano), New Russia State Symphony Orchestra, Dmitry Yablonsky (conductor)
Filled with beauty, passion and drama, these Russian songs and arias go straight to the heart of the nation's 19th-century musical soul. Rachmaninov's popular Vocalise is part of a line which includes songs of love and sadness such as Tchaikovsky's Op. 47, two of which are included here, while yearning melodies, high drama and vivid orchestral colour are to be found in the operas of all three featured composers. Montserrat Caballe has described soprano Dinara Alieva's rare talent as 'a wonder' and 'the gift of Heaven'. This is a substantial recital which is set to generate great excitement among connoisseurs of great singing. Young Russian soprano Dinara Alieva is a newcomer to the Naxos label, her amazingly rich tone, musical artistry and vocal strength has already seen her perform many leading operatic roles in Russia and beyond.
Rachmaninov Vocalise Op 34 No 14, Do not sing to me my beauty Op 4 No 4, Francesca da Rimini - Oh do not weep my Paolo; Tchaikovsky Had I known Op 47 No 1, Was I not a blade of grass in the field? Op 47 No 7, The Queen of Spades - Why do you flow my tears?, Midnight is near/I am tired, Eugene Onegin - Letter Scene: Even if it means I perish; Rimsky-Korsakov The Tsar's Bride - In Novgorod, Ivan Sergeyevich