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Rachmaninov: Songs

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Delphian's three-CD set of Sergey Rachmaninov's songs is a complete survey of the published vocal music, presented by seven skilled singers whose native language is Russian. Evelina Dobraceva, Ekaterina Siurina, Justina Gringyte, Daniil Shtoda, Andrei Bondarenko, Rodion Pogossov, and Alexander Vinogradov were gathered for the project by pianist Iain Burnside, not only for their accuracy in pronouncing the texts, but also for their experience in performing Rachmaninov's works with the proper expression and color. Rachmaninov's relation with the voice has been overshadowed by his piano concertos, symphonies, and solo piano music, but his song writing is comparable to Tchaikovsky's in both its emotional power and delicacy of moods. Fans of Rachmaninov will discover a new dimension to his musical output, and collectors will recognize the rarity of such a comprehensive collection.

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
Twelve Songs, Op. 21
1 6:51
2 1:48
3 2:06
4 1:48
5 2:05
6 1:39
7 2:11
8 2:34
9 3:21
10 3:24
11 1:25
12 1:52
Fifteen Songs, Op. 26
13 2:13
14 1:03
15 2:17
16 3:49
17 2:14
18 2:33
19 3:25
20 1:15
21 1:55
22 1:59
23 1:30
24 2:20
25 2:40
26 2:41
27 2:01
28 3:14
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