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Moussorgski, Tchaikovski, Glinka : Romances russes pour voix et piano. Benci, Nagy-Juhasz.
Classica from October 2019
Review by Olivier Brunel
Page No. 116
Format : 1 CD
Total Time : 01:04:13

Recording : 03-05/08/2016
Location : Prague
Country : République Tchèque
Sound : Eglise / Stereo

Label : Supraphon
Catalog No. : SU4262
EAN : 0099925426224
Price Code : DM019A

Publishing Year : 2019
Release Date : 03/07/2019

Genre : Classical
Mikhail Ivanovitch Glinka (1804-1857)
Doubt
O do not tempt me
For Molly
Say not that your heart is pained

Piotr Ilyitch Tchaikovski (1840-1893)
Don't aske me to speak
Gentle stars were
At bedtime
Night

Boris S. Sheremetiev (1822-1906)
I loved you

Alexander Gurilyov (1803-1858)
A little bird has flown away

Alexander Dargomïzhsky (1813-1869)
Deep remembrance

César Cui (1835-1918)
The statue at Tsazrkoye Selo

Modest Moussorgski (1839-1881)
Songs and dances of death
Lullaby
Serenade
Trepak
Field marschal

Jozef Benci, basse
Jana Nagy-Juhasz, piano

Lauréat de nombreux prix, le Tchèque Jozef Benci a choisi le thème de la romance et cet album pourrait être également sous-titré “au cœur du romantisme russe”. Il réunit seize partitions qui témoignent de l’évolution de la mélodie du début du XIXe siècle jusqu’au début du siècle suivant, grâce à César Cui et Boris Sheremetiev. L’influence du folklore y est prédominante tout comme la place des poètes russes dont Pouchkine, mais aussi d’auteurs allemands comme Goethe. Amours perdues, solitude et amertume russes font ainsi échos à des lieder de Schubert. D’un compositeur à l’autre, la séparation entre les univers de la mélodie et de l’opéra est plus ou moins patente. L’influence de la scène est stupéfiante chez un Glinka et un Moussorgski qui semblent, tous deux, nourrir l’écriture de leurs ouvrages lyriques, de la romance. Les pièces rares de Boris Sheremetiev et d’Alexandre Gurilyov sont plus sobres et plus simples. Leur inspiration populaire dénote entre la puissance dramatique des partitions de Tchaïkovski et l’ampleur narrative d’un Dargomïzhsky qui annonce déjà les mélodies de Rachmaninov. Jozef Benci démontre qu’il est un narrateur au timbre chaleureux. Ses Moussorgski en témoignent. Il est vrai que la puissance expressive est attendue dans ces pages interprétées par tant de voix légendaires. (Jean Dandrésy)

In the 19th century, composers sought inspiration in poetry, the simplicity and modesty of folk songs. Romances reflecting on loneliness, betrayed love and the misery of the abandoned occupied a special position in Russian lyric poetry in the first half of the 19th century, represented by A. S. Pushkin and other writers. Based on the Romantic poets’ works, composers expressed their own intimate feelings, as well as muted defiance. One of the first to have written romances was Mikhail Glinka, the founder of the Russian nationalist music school. A whole generation of his successors, including P. I. Tchaikovsky, embraced the genre, creating numerous romances, mainly set to contemporary Russian poetry. Especially noteworthy among such works is M. P. Mussorgsky’s cycle Songs and Dances of Death, made up of four pieces depicting the horror and bizarreness of death, referred to by the composer as “danse macabre”. Jozef Benci is a highly esteemed opera and oratorio singer, a soloist of the Slovak National Theatre in Bratislava, who has worked with the Czech Philharmonic and the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jirí Belohlávek, performed with Edita Gruberová and other renowned artists. Owing to his robust, yet highly sensitively led voice, a remarkable sense for songs’ intimate nature, as well as an immaculate diction, he is a brilliant performer of Russian romances.

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