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Joshua Rosenblum
Opera News, May 2016

It takes considerable vocal gumption to go head to head with the Almighty in a song like [Suite on Poems], but the celebrated Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky proves he has what it takes in this enlightening performance: his craggy, capacious and often downright thrilling baritone rings forth with conviction and indisputable authority.

Hvorostovsky and Ilja’s rendition of the central section of Sonnet 104 (“Pace non trovo”), one of the great melodies of the nineteenth century, is alone worth the price of listening. © 2016 Opera News Read complete review

Göran Forsling
MusicWeb International, April 2016

Dmitri Hvorostovsky was past fifty when he recorded these songs but there is little that tells us that this is not a young baritone in full bloom. The voice is still unscathed and the dark beauty of his tone is as glorious as it has been since he first appeared. His expressivity has deepened even and it is backed up by his excellent regular pianist Ivari Ilja who makes the most of these fascinating songs. With first class recording this is a disc to treasure and those unfamiliar with either or both groups of songs should take the opportunity to acquaint themselves with them in the company of a truly great baritone. © 2016 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Remy Franck
Pizzicato, December 2015

Hvorostovsky’s Michelangelo-Suite is rough and stern, quite the contrary of what singers like Fischer-Dieskau or Finley have shown in this music. The Russian’s style does not work in every song, yet the overall impression is tough and gripping. © 2015 Pizzicato

Steven A. Kennedy
Cinemusical, December 2015

…Hvorostovsky’s voice somehow manages just the right balance of anguish and deeper feeling allowing accompanist Ivari Ilja to add the proper emotional counterpoint in the Shostakovich. In the Liszt, it is easier perhaps for Hvorostovsky to open up a bit and create a bit more lyrical nuance. The interpretation thus balances well between these two large cycles making for a rather engrossing hour of music. © 2015 Cinemusical Read complete review

Mark Pullinger
Gramophone, December 2015

A fine communicator—not to mention a baritone of real warmth—Hvorostovsky offers powerful performances of these settings of Italian poetry. © 2015 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone

Norman Lebrecht
Sinfini Music, November 2015

The marvel of Dmitri Hvorostovsky’s interpretation is the way he reflects each step back, each emotion, in vocal colour alone, without having to add emphasis by changing volume or syllabic stress. His diction is so clear you could teach Russian from it and his pitch is pin-perfect. I cannot imagine a finer recital of these introspective, lonely contemplations. © 2015 Sinfini Music Read complete review

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