Power Players

Ildar Abdrazakov, bass

Constantine Orbelian, conductor; Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra

Russian arias for bass

The dynamics of power in Russian opera and its most iconic characters

“… Best of all, though, was the sensational bass, Ildar Abdrazakov, who has just about everything – imposing sound, beautiful legato, oodles of finesse. I can’t remember when I last heard the role so magnificently sung.” —The Independent

The bass voice is more prominent in Russian opera than in other national styles, with basses often assigned the roles of men in positions of great authority and influence (i.e. kings, military heroes) – hence this album’s title, “Power Players.” Distinguished Russian bass

ILDAR ABDRAZAKOV devoted his early years to Italian and French repertoire but has returned to his national operatic roots as his voice has deepened, making it supremely well-suited to the richer vocal sound called for by the great Russian roles.

In this, Ildar’s first solo aria album, he offers magnificent examples of operatic art from the greatest Russian composers: Glinka, Borodin, Mussorgsky, Rimsky-­‐Korsakov, Rubinstein, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff and Prokofiev. Thrilling choral passages come in the Coronation scene from Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov, courtesy of the famous Kaunas State Choir. The Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra – under the baton of Maestro Constantine Orbelian, often called “the singer’s conductor” – offers sympathetic and sonorous orchestral collaboration.