Dmitri Hvorostovsky Sings of War, Peace, Love & Sorrow
There is much to enjoy here. The magical opening from Prokofiev’s War and Peace finds him in terrific form, moving from dejection to hope as he overhears Natasha sing of her joy in life.
This is followed by excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s Mazeppa and Iolanta. More intriguing are two arias from Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades. Hvorostovsky, 53, made his Metropolitan Opera debut in that work in 1995 as the lovesick Prince Yeletsky, but here he takes on the role of the brash, cynical Count Tomsky, with invigorating results.
Best is the finale of The Demon by Anton Rubinstein. With its long melodic lines, the music is particularly well-suited to Hvorostovsky’s talents.
– AP (Mike Silverman)
Catalog Number: DE 3517
Composer: Anton Rubinstein, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor: Constantine Orbelian
Orchestra/Ensemble: Helikon Opera Chorus, Russian Federation Academic Symphony Orchestra
Performer: Asmik Grigorian, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Igor Morozov, Irina Shishkova, Mikhail Guzhov, Vadim Volkov