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Huntley Dent
Fanfare, March 2017

By a long stretch Dmitri Hvorostovsky is the most recorded Russian baritone of the past three decades and arguably the most famous Russian singer alive. His fame rests as much on his glamorous stage presence and supreme confidence as upon his strong, smooth voice, which is supported by phenomenal breath control and has no breaks from top to bottom.

…this is one of the best CDs I’ve encountered from a much-recorded singer. It brings out his best side and minimizes any weaknesses. The conducting by veteran Constantine Orbelian, along with the orchestral playing and chorus, are as good as one might wish for. © 2017 Fanfare Read complete review



Michael Cookson
MusicWeb International, January 2017

Hvorostovsky is in terrific voice able to communicate his charismatic personality without damaging the sense and dramatic impact of the text. Technically assured throughout I marvel at the baritone’s rich tonal warmth and expressive range. Exceptionally fine is the first scene from War and Peace set after dark, focusing on the recently widowed Prince Andrei, played by Hvorostovsky, who overhears Natasha and Sonya in conversation. Hvorostovsky demonstrates his secure control and appealing expression creating a convincing portrayal of the bereft Prince’s spiritual renewal and thirst for life. © 2017 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Charles T. Downey
The Classical Review, December 2016

Top Ten Recordings of 2016 # 3

Dmitri Hvorostovsky took a leave of absence from singing last year, to receive treatment for a brain tumor. The Russian star baritone returned triumphantly to work that fall, including making this superb recording of Russian opera excerpts. It impressed me when it first hit my ears, that Hvorostovsky’s voice was still in top form. Hvorostovsky had to withdraw from a production at the Metropolitan Opera earlier this month because of worsening balance problems, putting an end to singing in staged opera at least for now, but this is a major star in the perfect repertoire. In addition to some of his greatest baritone set pieces from Tchaikovsky’s Mazeppa, Iolanta, and Queen of Spades, there are two long excerpts from rarely heard Russian operas, Prokofiev’s War and Peace and Anton Rubenstein’s The Demon. Rising soprano Asmik Grigorian is also a beautiful discovery. © 2016 The Classical Review



Robert Croan
Opera News, December 2016

The well-reviewed Asmik Grigorian is a familiar type of Russian-trained lyric soprano, with an unusually strong lower register and an attractive middle voice but top fortes more shrill than most Western listeners will appreciate. Grigorian thus better embodies Lermontov’s demonically obsessed Tamara than Tolstoy’s as-yet-untroubled Natasha Rostova. The twenty-six-minute selection from Anton Rubinstein’s Demon may be the most vital cut on this disc; Hvorostovsky offers aptly marbled and seductive tone as the title character. Irina Shishkova (Sonya), the uncanny-sounding countertenor Vadim Volkov (Angel) and the Helikon Opera Chorus offer high-quality support. © 2016 Opera News Read complete review




Göran Forsling
MusicWeb International, December 2016

Hvorostovsky, who has for many years been the leading Verdi baritone, here returns to his Russian roots with equally impressive results. It is especially welcome to have a substantial excerpt from Anton Rubinstein’s once popular The Demon. Here we also hear the newest soprano star on the Russian firmament, Asmik Grigorian. © 2016 MusicWeb International



Mark Pullinger
Gramophone, November 2016

Partnered by Asmik Grigorian, daughter of the late Gegam Grigorian with whom Hvorostovsky performed many times, they make a great case for the opera. Grigorian’s warm, vibrant soprano is also heard in the opening scene to Prokofiev’s War and Peace, as Hvorostovsky’s noble Prince Andrei yearns for springtime happiness. Constatine Orbelian leads fairly routine playing… © 2016 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone




Göran Forsling
MusicWeb International, October 2016

Whatever [Dmitri Hvorostovsky] sings here he seems to be fully inside the characters, and it is a pleasure to wallow in his unmistakable rounded tone, which is so perfect for Verdi but just as attractive in the repertoire of his native land. …The voice is so well-preserved, so beautiful and so expressive.

Hvorostovsky’s Prince Andrei is here partnered with Asmik Grigorian’s Natasha and Irma Shishkova’s Sonya. They are both glorious singers and the two ladies soar so beautifully together in their duet.

To the successful result of this issue I mustn’t forget to point out the excellent contributions of the Helikon Opera Chorus and the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia under the inspirational Constantine Orbelian. © 2016 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Barry Bassis
The Epoch Times, September 2016

Dmitri Hvorostovsky has a distinctive voice, which he uses with musicality and extraordinary breath control.

The album captures the singer in fine voice with his usual dramatic flair.

The State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia and the Helikon Opera Chorus are expertly conducted by Hvorostovsky’s frequent collaborator Constantine Orbelian. © 2016 The Epoch Times Read complete review




Infodad.com, September 2016

Hvorostovsky is primarily known for his Verdi, but here he presents an all-Russian program designed to showcase his commanding voice in works both familiar and little-known. …this CD is a kind of “greatest hits” compilation, allowing Hvorostovsky plenty of chances to display his vocal technique (both dramatic and lyrical) but simply whetting listeners’ appetite for something more substantial than the beautifully sung snippets of operas offered here. © 2016 Infodad.com Read complete review




Remy Franck
Pizzicato, August 2016

Highly charismatic baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky delivers a poignant program with Russian music where, in full voice, he shows his commanding musical intelligence, a remarkable breath control and his ability to shape his singing in the best possible way. © 2016 Pizzicato





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