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|Joan Rodgers, Martineau|
Genres: Pop, Classical
Few Russian composers could resist setting verses by Alexander Pushkin, and his influence on the development of Russian music was indirectly as great as his influence on literature. This collection demonstrates the compell... more »
Few Russian composers could resist setting verses by Alexander Pushkin, and his influence on the development of Russian music was indirectly as great as his influence on literature. This collection demonstrates the compelling power of the poet, and the beauty of the music he inspired. It is performed by Joan Rodgers, herself an acknowledged master of Russian repertoire, and Malcolm Martineau. Joan Rodgers, one of Britain's best loved singers, is internationally established in opera, concert and as a recitalist. After graduating from the University of Liverpool with an Honors degree in Russian, she entered the Royal Northern College of Music where in 1981 she won the Kathleen Ferrier Memorial Scholarship.
What a Treat!!
James L. Vendeland | Cleveland, Ohio USA | 11/06/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you enjoy Pushkin poetry and great Russian Romances, then this is a must buy for your collection. The listener is treated to great singing by the soprano Joan Rodgers. There are 31 treasures on this disc. Many are by Glinka, Rimsky-Korsakov, Medtner, Rachmaninov, and several other well known Russian composers. Ms. Rodgers (a nonRussian) sings beautifully and each word is well enunciated. There is a bilingual accompanying translation booklet in English and Russian transliteration. Being a student of Russian for more than 15 years and a fan of Russian opera and romances, I would have preferred the Cyrillic to the transliteration in the booklet; but that is a moot point for most listeners. One unique finding on this disc is 3 different composers'(Glinka, Rimsky-Korsakov, and Rachmaninov) versions of the same Pushkin poem ("Ne poy, krasavitsa, pri mne"). The lyrics are the same in each version with the exception that Rimsky-Korsakov added one more verse but each composer approaches the poem quite differently musically.
I am writing this review while listening to some of the selections on this disc. They will bear hearing repeatedly. I should also add that the dynamics by Ms. Rodgers' piano accompanist, Malcolm Martineau, perfectly compliment the excellent singing of Ms. Rodgers."