Vassily Gerello: Favorite Ukrainian Songs

Vassily Gerello, baritone
Constantine Orbelian, conductor
Moscow Chamber Orchestra

Delos proudly introduces this exciting debut solo disc from Vassily Gerello. His unmistakable timbre and exceptional artistry have made him a favorite on the opera and concert stage, and have inspired international praise for his previous Delos recordings: Aleko – DE 3269; Great Scenes from The Queen of Spades – DE 3289; and the powerfully moving Coronation Cantata by Tchaikovsky – DE 3196. “In my blood, in my soul” is how Gerello himself refers to these selections from the treasury of Ukrainian songs. Blending humor, pathos, and diverse ethnic flavors, this special disc reflects the treasured individuality and rich poetic spirit of a complex and musical region. Under the baton of the world-renowned Maestro Constantine Orbelian, the Moscow Chamber Orchestra joins forces with the Russian folk ensemble Style of Five to add a passionate and profoundly sensitive flavor to Vassily Gerello’s performances.

Ridna maty moja (My Dear Mother) * Yaseny (Ash Trees) * Pyrohy (Dumplings) * Dva Koliory (Two Colors) * Chorniji brovy (Dark Brows) * Cheremshyna (Chokeberry) * Dyvlius’ ja na nebo (Looking at the Sky) * Po Sadochku Khodzhu (Walking in the Garden) * Kazav meni bat’ko (Father Told Me) * Jakby meni (Were it not…) * Nitch Jaka Misjachna (Moonlit Night) * O Sokil (Eagle) * Skazhu meni (Tell Me) * Misjats na nebi (Moon in the Sky) * Hora (The Mountain) * Vechir nadvori (It is Evening) * Oj ty divchyno (My Girl) * Reve ta stohne (The Dnieper River)