Russian Romances, Joys and Sorrows

Osadchy and Markina : Bolo Classique BSCD 8009-?

"It is, as said, a rapturous album that any cello lover would cherish. You rarely (and yes I'm including Yo-Yo Ma) hear cello playing like this, so rich in tone, so expressively varied in vibrato, and above all, so vocal; this is an album of what were originally songs, after all. There are of course words to Lensky's aria just before the fatal duel in Eugene Onegin, which he knows he'll lose, but even if you don't know what those heart-breaking words are, Osadchy plays so plangently and movingly, yet with such admirable control, that you should be able to intuit what those words are. The way he scales climaxes alone is a lesson in the emotional power of graduation.

And Markina is a phenomenon. No praise could be too high for her, a virtuoso yet one who plays with her nerves attuned to what makes musical partnering work: listening... -Lloyd Dykk: Vancouver Scene (Friday, February 12, 2010)

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) (1) THE STARS WERE MILDLY SHINING, (2) IN THE MIDST OF THE BALL, (3) DON JUAN’S SERENADE, (4) FORGIVE ME, HEAVENLY CREATURE HERMANN’S ARIOSO FROM THE QUEEN OF SPADES, (5) WHY?, (6) IF ONLY I’D KNOWN, (7) I DON’T KNOW HER NAME HERMANN’S ARIOSO FROM THE QUEEN OF SPADES, (8) NOT A WORD, MY FRIEND, (9) LENSKY’S ARIA EUGENE ONEGIN, (10) NONE BUT THE LONELY HEART, (11) AGAIN, AS BEFORE, ALONE, (12) DOES THE DAY REIGN?

 Nikolai Medtner (1880-1951) 13 INSOMNIA

 Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943) (14) THEY ANSWERED, (15) I AM WAITING FOR YOU, (16) DREAM, (17) DO NOT BELIEVE MY FRIEND, (18) DO NOT SING, O BEAUTY, TO ME, (19) IT WASN’T LONG AGO, MY FRIEND, (20) IN THE SILENCE OF THE MYSTERIOUS NIGHT, (21) SPRING WATERS