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Hvorostovsky, Dmitri (Performer) & Ilja, Ivari (Pianist/Accompanist). DMITRI HVOROSTOVSKY: PUSHKIN ROMANCES. London, England: Philips Classics Productions, 2010. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 1 pages. Fine.

Rare Dmitri Hvorostovsky collectible item. A pristine copy of his landmark 2010 Delos Classics recording of songs by various Russian composers (in order) : Mikhail Glinka, Alexander Borodin, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Cesar Cui, Nikolai Medtner, Piotyr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Sergei Rachmaninoff, and Georgi Sviridov, 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 "Pushkin Romances". Seventeen songs, "romances", all composed to texts from the works of Alexander Pushkin, Russia's greatest poet. "The composers here define the true meaning of Russian Romance, and have created some of the world's greatest songs. Choosing only romances inspired by Pushkin texts, Hvorostovsky has upped the ante to make a musical statement no other singer has attempted" (Publisher's blurb). "Bringing them all to life is Hvorostovsky's performance: Passionate, brooding, or forceful, in a manner which might be a bit overpowering in less emotional music, but is exactly right for these songs. His dark baritone has lost remarkably little of the sheen that distinguished his 1991 Philips 'Russian Romances' recording" (BBC Music Magazine). "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 Delos Classics CD of "Pushkin Romances" is very prominently and beautifully signed in black 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 copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER DMITRI HVOROSTOVSKY TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). $100.00

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