Romances of the Russian Masters
LINN MAXWELL, MEZZO Romances of the Russian Masters TROY072 - Price: $16.99
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For fans of romantic Russian art songs.

The selections on this recording were chosen from the rich treasury of Russian art songs, or romances, as they are called in Russian. What has been attempted with this recording is to give the listener a sampler of nineteenth century Russian romances. There are songs by composers who are better-known for their larger orchestral or operatic forms, namely Borodin, Mussorgsky, Glinka, Rimsky-Korsakov and Tchaikovsky, along with the less well-known composers, Dargomyzhsky, Arensky, Gliere, and Cui, who shaped the music of their own culture by writing large numbers of romances. The above-mentioned composers can well represent the nineteenth-century Russian romance from its earliest beginnings into the twentieth century. A native of Indiana, mezzo-soprano Linn Maxwell enjoys a rich and varied career that takes her to the stages of major orchestras, opera companies and recital halls all across the United States. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland and holds a Master of Music degree from Catholic University in Washington, D.C. She has served on the faculty of Michigan State University, the University of Maryland and the Bay View Music Festival and has recorded for the RCA Red Seal, New World, Centaur and Albany Records labels.
Contents:
Arensky, composer
Song of the Little Fish
Linn Maxwell, mezzo, Robert McCoy, piano


Alexander Borodin, composer
The Sea-Queen
Linn Maxwell, mezzo, Robert McCoy, piano


Alexander Borodin, composer
Poisoned are my Songs
Linn Maxwell, mezzo, Robert McCoy, piano


Alexander Borodin, composer
A False Note
Linn Maxwell, mezzo, Robert McCoy, piano


Alexander Borodin, composer
Song of the Dark Forest
Linn Maxwell, mezzo, Robert McCoy, piano


Alexander Borodin, composer
The Sleeping Princess
Linn Maxwell, mezzo, Robert McCoy, piano


Alexander Borodin, composer
From my Tears
Linn Maxwell, mezzo, Robert McCoy, piano


Alexander Borodin, composer
The Sea-Queen
Linn Maxwell, mezzo, Robert McCoy, piano


Cui, composer
The Statue of Czarskoye-Selo
Linn Maxwell, mezzo, Robert McCoy, piano


Alexander Dargomyzhsky, composer
I Am Suffering
Linn Maxwell, mezzo, Robert McCoy, piano


Reinhold Gliere, composer
Ah, Twine No Blossoms
Linn Maxwell, mezzo, Robert McCoy, piano


Reinhold Gliere, composer
I Do Not Lover Her Anymore
Linn Maxwell, mezzo, Robert McCoy, piano


Reinhold Gliere, composer
Deserted Garden
Linn Maxwell, mezzo, Robert McCoy, piano


Reinhold Gliere, composer
Today is Mine
Linn Maxwell, mezzo, Robert McCoy, piano


Mikhail Glinka, composer
Doubt
Linn Maxwell, mezzo, Robert McCoy, piano


Mikhail Glinka, composer
Elegy
Linn Maxwell, mezzo, Robert McCoy, piano


Modest Mussorgsky, composer
Hopak
Linn Maxwell, mezzo, Robert McCoy, piano


Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov, composer
The Breakers are Pounding
Linn Maxwell, mezzo, Robert McCoy, piano


Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov, composer
Octave
Linn Maxwell, mezzo, Robert McCoy, piano


Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov, composer
Hear the Skylark Sweetly Singing
Linn Maxwell, mezzo, Robert McCoy, piano


Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, composer
None but the Lonely Heart
Linn Maxwell, mezzo, Robert McCoy, piano


Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, composer
Wait
Linn Maxwell, mezzo, Robert McCoy, piano


Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, composer
Complaint of the Bride
Linn Maxwell, mezzo, Robert McCoy, piano


Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, composer
I Shall Tell You Nothing
Linn Maxwell, mezzo, Robert McCoy, piano


Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, composer
Why?
Linn Maxwell, mezzo, Robert McCoy, piano


Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, composer
The Pilgrim's Song
Linn Maxwell, mezzo, Robert McCoy, piano

Review:
"This is a delightful program of romances (Russian art songs) performed by mezzo-soprano Linn Maxwell and pianist Robert McCoy. It offers an abundant sampler of nineteenth-century Russian song by a stellar list of Russian composers which includes a variety of colors, styles, and moods in a well-programmed format....Linn Maxwell and Robert McCoy succeed in creating vocal "chamber music" in this recital. The performances are committed and communicative." (The NATS Journal)
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