Mikhail Glinka

The Lark (Zhavronok), song for voice & piano (A Farewell to St. Petersburg No. 10), G. x250

    Description by James Leonard

    The most popular of Glinka's A Farewell to St. Petersburg cycle setting poems by Nestor Kukolnik, Zhavronok (The Lark) is a sort of Russian Die Taubenpost (D. 957, No. 14), that is to say, it's lyrically sentimental to the point of being mawkish, melodically gloomy to the point of being melancholy, and harmonically morose to the point of being morbid. With a sweetly dolorous melody over a tenderly trilling piano accompaniment, Zhavronok may not be the most profound song of the St. Petersburg cycle, but it is surely the most infectious.

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2018 Hänssler Classic HC 17068
    2018 Willowhayne Records WHR 052
    2017 Arbiter ARB 164
    2016 Simax Classics PSC 1337
    2015 RCA Red Seal / Sony Classical 88875127202
    2015 Silva Classics SILKD 6048
    2014 Arco Diva / ArcoDiva UP 0159
    2013 Deutsche Grammophon
    2012 Mirare MIR 181
    2011 Finlandia
    2011 Blue Griffin Recording BGR 233
    2010 Dorian 92103
    2010 Tanya Gabrielian 50141552
    2010 Anna Shelest / DVS Worldwide
    2010 Cobra Music / Cobra Records 23
    2009 Naïve V 5186
    2008 Rca Red Seal 730110
    2006 Deutsche Grammophon 002894776195
    2006 Deutsche Grammophon 000583102
    2003 Aura Classics 0420
    2002 RCA 63884
    2001 Centaur Records 2489
    2000 Cedille Records 5001
    2000 Campion Records 1348
    1999 BIS 981
    1999 EMI Music Distribution 674962
    1998 Opus 111 OPS30-227
    1997 Philips 446720
    1996 Cedille Records 7
    1995 Sugo SR-9515
    1995 Gallo 832
    1992 White Line / ASV / ASV/Living Era WHL-2066
    Polskie Nagrania 060
    Pearl 9911
    Cembal d'amour 143
    Rca Red Seal 38494-95