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Elena Kelessidi: A Russian Romance

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Label: Onyx

Cat No: ONYX4031

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 29th September 2008

Contents

Artists

Elena Kelessidi (soprano)
Malcolm Martineau (piano)

Works

Cui, Cesar

I have Touched a Flower

Dargomizhsky, Alexander

I Still Love Him
Yunosha I deva (A girl and a boy)

Glinka, Mikhail

Do not tempt me needlessly
Fire in my Veins
Tell me Why
To the Zither

Rachmaninov, Sergei

Songs (6), op.4
» no.4 Sing not to me, beautiful maiden
Songs (6), op.8
» no.4 I fell in love, to my sorrow
Songs (6), op.38
» no.1 In my Garden at Night
» no.3 Daisies
Songs (12), op.14
» no.1 Fate
Songs (12), op.21
» no.5 Lilacs

Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai

In Spring (4), op.43
» no.4 Early Spring
Of What in the Quiet Night
Romances (4), op.2
» no.2 The rose and the nightingale

Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich

Romances (6), op.16
» no.1 Cradle Song
Romances (6), op.38
» no.3 Amid the Din of the Ball
Romances (7), op.47
» no.1 Had I known
Zabīt tak skoro (So soon forgotten)

Vlasov, Vladimir

The Fountain of Bakhchisarai

Artists

Elena Kelessidi (soprano)
Malcolm Martineau (piano)

About

Elena Kelessidi is one of opera’s most touching and fiery artists and the most international Greek soprano of today. Here she makes her recital debut with this heartfelt programme of songs from a country whose language is natural to her.

Born in Kazakhstan of Greek parentage, Kelessidi sprang to International attention in 1996 when she made a highly auspicious stage debut at London's Royal Opera House as Violetta in La traviata and was hailed as an important new discovery by the British musical press. She has returned to sing with the Royal Opera every year since and graced every important world opera house including Paris, the Met, Berlin and Vienna. Her signature roles apart from Violetta are Mimi in La Boheme and Liu in Turandot.

Elena’s programme runs the gamut of Russian song, from Glinka and Rimsky-Korsakov, some familiar songs from Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov through to some real discoveries from Cui, Darghomyzhsky and the 20th century composer Vladmir Vlasov.

Elena’s pianist is the ever-superb Malcolm Martineau.

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