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Hvorostovsky, Dmitri (Performer); Gergiev, Valery (Conductor) & Kirov Orchestra of St. Petersburg . DMITRI HVOROSTOVSKY: SONGS AND DANCES OF DEATH. London, England: Philips Classics Productions, 1994. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 1 pages. Fine.

Rare Dmitri Hvorostovsky collectible item. A pristine copy of his landmark 1994 Philips Classics recording of the seldom-performed songs by Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Alexander Borodin, Anton Rubinstein, Sergei Rachmaninoff, and the eponymous suite by Modest Mussorgsky, signed by Dmitri Hvorostovsky. The very first release on CD. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent releases, of which there are many. The first release is now scarce. Presents Dmitri Hvorostovsky's "Songs And Dances of Death". Hair-raisingly powerful and definitive performances by the Siberian baritone in his youthful CD release with full orchestral accompaniment. "At first, Hvorostovsky's voice seems almost too beautiful; his sound seems too youthful to fill out these narratives. But his concentration and breath control are so sensational that we realize what he's up to: He's spinning us seductively into the spooky world of these songs, where Death converses with the mother of a dying child, a young girl, an old peasant, and dying soldiers. Hvorostovsky modulates his voice and changes his tone with each song" (Robert Levine). "I have heard many beautiful voices, but none more beautiful than Dmitri's. He possesses a voice with a quality of velvet that is both a joy to hear and immediately recognizable. Dmitri's technique is impeccable: He has the best breath control I've ever encountered. He is a consummate musician. Add to this his charisma and committed portrayals, and you have a complete singing artist. I expect Dmitri's artistry to go on undiminished, in the tradition of other great baritones, forever" (Renee Fleming). Perhaps there was a premonitory reason that he was so prodigious, finding and attaining his true voice in his early 20's (when most opera singers mature in their 30's at the earliest). The most beloved Classical Music singer-performer of our time, Dmitri Hvorostovsky died on November 22, 2017 at the age of 55, at the absolute peak of his phenomenal career, and after a prolonged, courageous, and heartbreaking struggle with brain cancer. "Words cannot express my anguish that one of the greatest voices of our time has been silenced" (Placido Domingo). An absolute "must-have" collectible, not just memorabilia, item for Dmitri Hvorostovsky collectors. This copy of the Philips Classics CD of "Songs And Dances of Death" is very prominently and beautifully signed in metallic-silver pen-marker in front by Dmitri Hvorostovsky. It is signed directly on the cover itself. During his regular visits to the city (his American career was launched by The Lyric Opera of Chicago), this charismatic artist signed generously, such as on this copy. This title is a CD classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed copy available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. The greatest baritone of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER DMITRI HVOROSTOVSKY TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). $150.00

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