Recently, we stumbled upon a very “bubbly” Russian opera blog, and were happy to see a couple of wonderful reviews of Delos recordings — including our newly released Power Players CD featuring Ildar Abdrazakov!
“I was waiting for his CD for a long time. I think it’s unfair to have made us wait for so many years!!! … The music of Rachmaninov requires to have a huge range of emotions, a powerful voice to sing it properly and Ildar has it all. … Being Russian I understand every single word in each track which makes me respect him even more. … The most touching arias from this CD are definitely «Ne sna ne otdykha» from Borodin’s «Prince Igor» and «Chuyut pravdu» from Glinka’s «A Life for the Tsar»… These operas are very patriotic and make us to think if we can do or not sth like that for our country. Ildar’s timbre lets him sing with such a dramatic colour that always gives me goose bumps when I listen to these pieces! … The most joyful track of all is, of course, «Kak vo gorode bylo vo Kazani» from «Boris Godunov» or it’s also called Varlaam’s «Drinking Song». Song tells the story how Tsar Ivan fought with the Tatars. I guess Ildar enjoyed it a lot when he was singing it!!! No wonder! You really begin to sing along and suddenly you have an irresistible desire to dance (or maybe it’s just my Russian gut!)!!! I hope we’ll see the next album of this wonderful bass very soon!!!” —Dasha Denisova, Opera Bubbles
Read more of this “bubbly” review for Power Players at www.operabubbles.blogspot.com!
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