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Settings of A. Blok's poems occupy a special place in
Georgi Sviridov's work. For many years the composer has addressed his favorite
poet discovering still newer facets of Alexander Blok's poetry. What an
amazing versatility of themes and plots, what a tremendous scope of feelings
revealed and expressed in music. What grandiose images, symbolizing at
times the whole epoch, what a profound understanding of Blok's poetry. Our
perception of Blok no doubt owes much to Georgi Sviridov who managed to reveal
its nature and convey it through music in a Russian manner.
G. Sviridov has the honour of having discovered another
great poet of Russia, Sergei Esenin, for music. One piece on text by
Esenin is "Cast Off Russia." The verses were written during the
turbulent years of the revolution. S. Esenin's verses struck the composer
with their scope and incandescent feelings, passionate lyrical statement and
Poetical images created a large fresco which the
composer so masterfully describes with rhythms and music. Music and melody
enhance Esenin's poetry creating a song, not in genre form, but as an inherent
Romances and Songs to A. Blok's Lyrics
1. Spring - 2:12
2. The Wathercock - 2:37
3. Beyond Forests, Beyond Hills - 3:12
4. Moscow Morning - 1:48
5. Passionate Vows While Parting - 3:46
6. Bride - 3:58
7. Blown by the Wind from Afar - 3:36
8. Lullaby - 2:17
9. Don't Tempt Me, Freedom - 4:09
10. In the Unmoved Hollow - 4:53
11. Tsarina and Her Daughter - 6:10
Cast Off Russia, poem, Lyrics by S. Esenin - 31:43
13. I Have Left Paternal Home...
14. Open Blue. Gates of Day, Heavenly Guard...
15. Silvery Road, Where Are You Leading Me?..
16. Cast Off Russia
17. Simonet, Pyotr... Where Are You? Come...
18. Where Are You, Where Are You, Paternal Home...
19. There, Beyond
the Hills of the Milky Way...
20. Blows, Blows the Horn of Death!
21. Owl's Autumn Call
22. Oh, I Trust, I Trust There is Happiness
23. Oh, Motherland, A Happy and Eternal Hour!
Total Time - 70:21
Elena Obraztsova, mezzo-soprano
Georgi Sviridov, piano
Makvala Kasrashvili, soprano (8)