Power Players: Russian Arias for Bass
Ildar Abdrazakov, Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra, Constantine Orbelian & Kaunas State Choir
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Outstanding collection of Arias for Bass
This disc consists of 12 different arias for bass -- and not just “normal” bass, but powerful and sensitive bass! Mr. Abdrazakov delivers all of the power and sensitivity expected of a truly captivating Russian aria performance, and it is a treat to experience.
Particularly noteworthy are the arias from Ruslan & Ludmila, Borodin’s Prince Igor, as well as Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. But the Viking Song from Rimsky-Korsakov’s Sadko is just spell-binding. The orchestra sounds *fantastic*, and Mr. Abdrazakov has the raw power and grace to deliver every nuance in captivating fashion. This disc is worth owning just for this track.
The liner notes give interesting background material on Mr. Abdrazakov as well as Conductor Constantine Orbelian (who does an absolutely fabulous job with a very talented Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra), and also provide Russian to English translations of each work. If you like Russian Opera, then this is definitely a recording that you need to have in your collection. And if you don’t know whether you do or not, get it anyway and listen to the tracks I indicated above. You won’t be sorry.
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