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James A. Altena
Fanfare, July 2012

This 2008 outing, the first-ever collaboration between Hvorostovsky and soprano Sondra Radvanovsky, was recorded by Delos for a commercially released CD titled Verdi Opera Scenes.

The singing itself is top-notch…Hvorostovsky…is still at this point in his career the greatest Verdi baritone…in the world, and by the time Radvanovsky joins him for the Ballo excerpt…ringing in voice, passionate in interpretation, and as always dashingly handsome in appearance. Radvanovsky—to my mind currently the greatest Verdi soprano before the public… is totally engaged, singing and also acting with almost overwhelming emotional intensity. With singing this great, it positively hurts to have so little of it… © 2012 Fanfare Read complete review

Judith Malafronte
Opera News, June 2012

As part of Dmitri Hvorostovsky’s Moscow concert series “Hvorostovsky and Friends,” the Siberian star invited American soprano Sondra Radvanovsky to join him in arias and duets by Verdi and others. In what was their first musical meeting, in June 2008, both artists offered vocal colors and fiery temperaments that meshed thrillingly, as evidenced on a new DVD from Delos, which includes material not heard on the earlier CD release of the same concert.

…there is enough material here to thrill fans of both singers, and it’s a delight to see them play off one another with bristling intensity. © 2012 Opera News Read complete review

Anne Shelley
Music Media Monthly, May 2012

This short and affordable disc features Russian baritone Dimitri Hvorostovsky…In this 2008 performance he is joined by Verdi specialist Sondra Radvanovsky—a special occasion as part of Moscow’s “Hvorostovksy and Friends” concert series—for a scene each from Un Ballo in Maschera and Il Trovatore. The two are regular collaborators, both in fully-staged productions and “best-of” aria recitals such as this one, and their chemistry did not disappoint in this performance.

Overall, this is a well-played, beautifully-sung recital. © 2012 Music Media Monthly Read complete review

Henson Keys
Parterre Box, March 2012

When I first watched the DVD Hvorostovsky in Moscow with guest star Sondra Radvanosky, I was absolutely amazed at the superb quality of the singing.

[The DVD] takes the viewer/listener to Moscow’s Great Hall for the concert’s most unforgettable moments, with stunning ‘you are there’ sonic and visual impact.”

The concert excerpts include Hvorostovsky in the Verdi arias of Carlo from Ernani, and Rodrigo from Don Carlo plus duet scenes with Radvanovsky from Ballo…and Il Trovatore

Again, all the singing is excellent. Hvorostovsky…seems entirely at home in this music and these characters. His performances here all show an gripping degree of emotional intensity…He and Radvanovsky have a terrific chemistry in the duets, and the Trovatore duet particularly has sparks flying into a steamy intensity.

Orbelian, conducting the Philharmonia of Russia, keeps things quite lively…for fans of these singers and fans of Verdi, this DVD contains extraordinary vocalism in some of the master’s finest music. © 2012 Parterre Box Read complete review

Jennifer Sams
OperaPulse, March 2012

Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky’s commanding presence and colorful voice make the newly released video, Hvorostovsky in Moscow, a “must see” for all opera lovers. Along with the Philharmonia of Russia, conducted by Constantine Orbelian…

This concert DVD offers the viewer a better opportunity to see the facial expressions of the soloist; something often lost in a live concert or production depending on where you sit.

Hvorostovsky gives a lovely performance of “Valentin’s aria” from Charles Gounod’s Faust. The beautiful flowing line of melody and heartfelt text are heightened by the richness of Hvorostovsky’s voice. The balance he finds with legato singing and clear declamation is an asset while singing even the most intimate of texts.

Hvorostovsky is joined by American soprano, Sondra Radvanovsky, for two scenes from Verdi operas Un Ballo in Maschera, Act III, scene I and the Confrontation scene from Act IV of Il Trovatore. Her warm yet vibrant timbre is a perfect match for the baritone. Both artists present glorious portrayals of their characters and their fine interaction with one another bring each scene to life.

In the final selection of the concert, the Act IV Confrontation scene from Verdi’s Il Trovatore, there is a moment when both performers kneel: Their emotions at this point are spellbinding! As Leonora, Radvanovsky is able to display the range of her instrument. She effortlessly produces a vibrant high C as she swears herself to the Count and then, in contrast, she hits us with low chest pitches as she threatens him. Hvorostovsky does a fantastic job of earning hatred as the Count. His articulation of “you are mine” made my skin crawl!

Orbelian’s orchestra is highly honed and provides a wonderful atmosphere for the arias…the entire ensemble acts as a well-oiled machine.

Overall, this DVD provides a fun hour of entertainment. For further listening, you can also consider purchasing Delos Records “Verdi Opera Scenes.” © 2012 Opera Pulse Read complete review

Mark Glanville
Opera Now, March 2012

Here we have two charismatic artists [Sondra Radvanovsky and Dmitri Hvorostovsky] who are among the leading Verdi performers of our day. Their formidable technique is projected through beautifully shaded, subtle singing that captures the drama and intensity of Verdi’s music. © 2012 Opera Now Read complete review

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