Dmitri Hvorostovsky Sings of War, Peace, Love and Sorrow
The incomparable Siberian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky — best known internationally for his Verdi roles — makes a powerful return to operatic masterpieces of his homeland. Leading this gripping album of Russian arias and scenes is Hvorostovsky’s frequent collaborator, Constantine Orbelian.
We are treated to the vibrant opening scene from Prokofiev’s War and Peace, as well as popular arias from Tchaikovsky’s Mazeppa, Iolanta and Queen of Spades. We also get a seldom-heard rarity: virtually the entire final dramatic scene from Anton Rubinstein’s The Demon.
Antonio Soler: Six Concerti for Two Keyboards
Renowned harpsichord virtuosos Jory Vinikour and Philippe LeRoy team up to grace the Delos catalog with this glittering recording of Baroque master Antonio Soler’s enchanting Six Concerti for Two Keyboards.
Antonio (“Padre”) Soler, an ordained priest and music teacher to Spanish royalty, is known primarily for his many delightfully engaging solo harpsichord sonatas that comprise a cornerstone of the Baroque keyboard repertoire. But these marvelous two-harpsichord concertos are rarely performed (or recorded), yet have comparable delights to offer their listeners.