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James A. Altena
Fanfare, March 2015

…the great baritone is in fine estate…[and] the “Grand Choir ‘Masters of Choral Singing’,” as it is titled here, is a beautifully polished and refined ensemble, with great beauty of tone, liquid legato, dead-on intonation, and suppleness of phrasing. The recorded sound is clear and well balanced. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review

Robert A. Moore
American Record Guide, January 2015

With a soloist at the top of his art, a chorus with first-rate sound, and excellent engineering, this is a feast for the soul. If you have even the slightest interest in Russian sacred and folk songs, don’t miss this. © 2015 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

David Shengold
Opera News, December 2014

Hvorostovsky here offers a commendable range of dynamic levels comfortably and expressively.

…Hvorostovsky is forceful and straightforward, which is just what’s needed here. The chorus lives up to its billing, with excellent ensemble within sections and masterfully blended harmony. © 2014 Opera News Read complete review

Michael Scott Rohan
BBC Music Magazine, November 2014

This richly beautiful music, little known in the West, suits Hvorostovsky’s bass-baritone to a T, its dark creamy texture and plush legato still well preserved, and he delivers the solos with an appropriately un-operatic authority and intensity of feeling. © 2014 BBC Music Magazine

Geoffrey Norris
Gramophone, November 2014

Whether singing Russian sacred or folk music, Hvorostovsky is both wonderfully dramatic and touching. © 2014 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone

Mark Valencia
Sinfini Music, October 2014

…charming romances rub shoulders with mournful folksong laments like ‘Farewell, my joy’ in which Dmitri Hvorostovsky’s long-lined phrasing and vocal coloration are at one with the poet’s heartache. It’s like three minutes of concentrated Chekhov.

The music’s idiom requires Hvorostovsky to weight his timbre with resonant bass heaviness…it’s a tension that in context feels appropriate and controlled. © 2014 Sinfini Music Read complete review

Ralph Moore
MusicWeb International, September 2014

…on the evidence of this third and latest recording for Ondine, [Hvorostovsky] is still in tremendous shape.

The highlight is Hvorostovsky’s unaccompanied solo singing of “Oh, Night”, where his sustained legato…[is] stunning. He adapts his style from a stern, hieratic aloofness in the chants to a more “folksy”, expressive manner in the popular songs.

This is a wonderful album… © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review

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