You may recall reading a post in the Delos Insider blog back in November about our recent album, Dmitri Hvorostovsky sings of War, Peace, Love and Sorrow (DE 3517), and that it was honored with a 2017 International Classical Music Awards (ICMA) nomination in the Vocal Recital category!
But in this follow-up post, we want to give much-deserved credit to the four most excellent Russian singers who graced the album with their collaborations. Mezzo-soprano Irina Shishkova contributed much to the aria from Prokofiev’s epic War and Peace, and bass Mikhail Guzhov as well as tenor Igor Morozov added depth and character to “Tomsky’s Ballad” from Tchaikovsky’s Queen of Spades. Countertenor Vadim Volkov added a “heavenly” touch in the final moments of the concluding scene from Anton Rubinstein’s The Demon.
Finally, the award-winning Lithuanian soprano Asmik Grigorian was mentioned in our previous blog, but here we want to emphasize that she was truly the album’s shining co-star, appearing in both the War and Peace number – and especially in the protracted final selection (26 minutes!) from The Demon. The pair generated thrilling artistic chemistry throughout.
Every new release from Dmitri is an occasion to be celebrated, and deserving of the very finest vocal collaborators who can be found. Thus we at Delos are particularly grateful to these fine singers: artists who helped immeasurably in making this marvelous recording worthy of the recognition it has received.