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Savenko, Vassily (bass)
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Vassily Savenko (bass)

Vassily Savenko was born near Odessa, Ukraine. He studied at the Moscow Conservatory with Alexei Bolshakov, and later with Mikhail Kiselev. He won both the Mussorgsky and Lysenko Competitions and has sung principal roles for major opera houses in his native Ukraine and in Russia, including the Bolshoi Opera, Moscow, and the Kirov Opera, St Petersburg, where he sang Iago (Otello) under Gergiev.

In the early 90's he moved to Britain where he has built up a considerable reputation as a recitalist appearing regularly at the Wigmore Hall and the South Bank as well as the Cheltenham and Three Choirs Festivals. He has received particular praise for his recitals of Russian Art Song. Special projects have included a series of song recitals celebrating the Bicentenary of Alexander Pushkin’s birth, with the pianist Boris Berezovsky, and recitals of Russian settings of Robert Burns for festivals in Scotland. 'Burns to set the heather afire… an exhilarating experience' was how one critic responded.

Albums

English Poets, Russian Romances
CDA67274Please, someone, buy me …
Russian Images, Vol. 1
CDA67105
Russian Images, Vol. 2
CDA67205

Complete works available for download

ANTON ARENSKY (1861-1906)
Davno l' pod volshebnye zvuki 'Was it so long ago to enchanting strains', Op 49 No 5with Alexander Blok (piano)
Osen 'Autumn', Op 27 No 2with Alexander Blok (piano)
Snovideniye 'A dream', Op 17 No 3with Alexander Blok (piano)
V al'bome 'In an album', Op 49 No 4with Alexander Blok (piano)
Vospominaniye 'Recollection' 'Suite', Op 71with Alexander Blok (piano)
Ya lask tvoikh strashus' 'I fear thy kisses'with Alexander Blok (piano)
Ya videl smert' 'I have seen death', Op 27 No 6with Alexander Blok (piano)
MILI BALAKIREV (1837-1910)
Oboymi, potseluy 'Embrace, kiss'with Alexander Blok (piano)
Yevreyskaya melodiya 'Hebrew melody'with Alexander Blok (piano)
ALEXANDER BORODIN (1833-1887)
Dlya beregov otchizny dal'noy 'For the shores of your far homeland'with Alexander Blok (piano)
CÉSAR CUI (1835-1918)
Tsarskosel'skaya statuya 'The fountain statue at Tsarskoye Selo', Op 57 No 17with Alexander Blok (piano)
ALEKSANDR DARGOMÏZHSKY (1813-1869)
Elegiya: Yapomnyu gluboko 'Elegy: I remember'with Alexander Blok (piano)
Mel'nik 'The Miller'with Alexander Blok (piano)
Nochnoy zefir 'Night Zephyr'with Alexander Blok (piano)
MIKHAIL GLINKA (1804-1857)
Kak sladko s toboyu mne byt 'Ah the sweetness of being beside you'with Alexander Blok (piano)
Meri 'Mary'with Alexander Blok (piano)
Somneniye 'Doubt'with Alexander Blok (piano), Alexei Kropotov (cello)
Stansy 'Stanzas'with Alexander Blok (piano)
Ya zdes, Inezilya 'Here I am, Iñesilla'with Alexander Blok (piano)
ALEKSANDR TIKHONOVICH GRECHANINOV (1864-1956)
Uznik 'The Prisoner', Op 20 No 4with Alexander Blok (piano)
BORIS LYATOSHINSKY (1895-1968)
Minuvshiye dni 'Time long past', Op 14 No 4with Alexander Blok (piano)
Nayvshche shchastya! 'Supreme happiness', Op 37 No 2with Alexander Blok (piano)
Ozymandiya 'Ozymandias' 'Sonnet', Op 15with Alexander Blok (piano)
Zorya 'Dawn', Op 37 No 1with Alexander Blok (piano)
NIKOLAI MEDTNER (1880-1951)
Nezhdannyi dozhd' 'Unexpected rain', Op 28 No 1with Alexander Blok (piano)
Sumerki 'Twilight', Op 24 No 4with Alexander Blok (piano)
Vesenneye uspokoyeniye 'Spring Solace', Op 28 No 5with Alexander Blok (piano)
Ya perezhil svoi zhelan'ya 'I have outlived my aspirations', Op 3 No 2with Alexander Blok (piano)
Zaklinaniye 'Invocation' 'The call', Op 29 No 7with Alexander Blok (piano)
ALEXANDER MOSOLOV (1900-1973)
Three Romanceswith Alexander Blok (piano)
MODEST MUSORGSKY (1839-1881)
Pes'n Saula pered boyem 'Tsar Saul. Song of Saul before battle'with Alexander Blok (piano)
Pesnya Mefistofelya o blokhe 'Mephistopheles' song of the flea'with Alexander Blok (piano)
Zabytiy 'Forgotten'with Alexander Blok (piano)
SERGEI RACHMANINOV (1873-1943)
Arion, Op 34 No 5with Alexander Blok (piano)
Muza 'The muse', Op 34 No 1with Alexander Blok (piano)
Ne poy, krasavitsa, pri mne 'Do not sing to me, fair maiden', Op 4 No 4with Alexander Blok (piano)
Ona kak polden' khorosha 'She is as beautiful as noon', Op 14 No 9with Alexander Blok (piano)
Ostrovok 'The islet', Op 14 No 2with Alexander Blok (piano)
Pora! 'It is time', Op 14 No 12with Alexander Blok (piano)
NIKOLAI RIMSKY-KORSAKOV (1844-1908)
Na kholmakh Gruzii 'The hills of Georgia', Op 3 No 4with Alexander Blok (piano)
Nespyashchikh solntse, grustnaya zvezda 'Sun of the sleepless', Op 41 No 1with Alexander Blok (piano)
Pesnya Zyuleyki 'Zuleika's song', Op 26 No 4with Alexander Blok (piano)
V poryve nezhnosti serdechnoy 'In moments to delight devoted', Op 26 No 1with Alexander Blok (piano)
DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975)
Korolevski pokhod 'The king's campaign', Op 62 No 6with Alexander Blok (piano)
Sonnet 66, Op 62 No 5with Alexander Blok (piano)
SERGEI TANEYEV (1856-1915)
Blazhennykh snov ushla zvezda 'The star of blessed dreams', Op 17 No 4with Alexander Blok (piano)
I drugnuli vragi 'And the foes stood trembling', Op 26 No 8with Alexander Blok (piano)
Lesa dremuchiye 'Dense forests', Op 26 No 5with Alexander Blok (piano)
Mechty v odinochestve vyanut 'My thoughts arise and fade', Op 17 No 2with Alexander Blok (piano)
Ostrovok 'The islet', Op 17 No 1with Alexander Blok (piano)
Pust' otsvuchit 'Music, when soft voices die', Op 17 No 3with Alexander Blok (piano)
Zimni put' 'Winter journey', Op 32 No 4with Alexander Blok (piano)
PYOTR TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893)
Moy geni, moy angel, moy drug 'My genius, my angel, my friend'with Alexander Blok (piano)

Alphabetical listing of all musical works

10 Sonnets, Op 52 (Kabalevsky)
A farewell to St Petersburg (Glinka)
Arion, Op 34 No 5 (Rachmaninov)
Blagoslavlyayu vas, lesa 'I bless you, forests'  
Blazhennykh snov ushla zvezda 'The star of blessed dreams', Op 17 No 4 (Taneyev)
Davno l' pod volshebnye zvuki 'Was it so long ago to enchanting strains', Op 49 No 5 (Arensky)
Dlya beregov otchizny dal'noy 'For the shores of your far homeland' (Borodin)
Drug s drugom sosny obnyalis' 'We paused amid the pines that stood'  
Dvenadtsat' Romansov 'Twelve Romances', Op 60 (Tchaikovsky)
Elegiya: Yapomnyu gluboko 'Elegy: I remember' (Dargomïzhsky)
I dolgo myi, sklonivshi vzor 'We paused beside the pools that lie'  
I drugnuli vragi 'And the foes stood trembling', Op 26 No 8 (Taneyev)
Iz divnykh dney 'Now the last day of many years'  
K moryu 'To the sea'  
Kabï znala ya 'If only I had known'  
Kak sladko s toboyu mne byt 'Ah the sweetness of being beside you' (Glinka)
Kak tikho vsyo! 'How calm it was!'  
Korolevski pokhod 'The king's campaign', Op 62 No 6 (Shostakovich)
Lesa dremuchiye 'Dense forests', Op 26 No 5 (Taneyev)
Mechty v odinochestve vyanut 'My thoughts arise and fade', Op 17 No 2 (Taneyev)
Mel'nik 'The Miller' (Dargomïzhsky)
Meri 'Mary' (Glinka)
Minuvshiye dni 'Time long past', Op 14 No 4 (Lyatoshinsky)
Moy geni, moy angel, moy drug 'My genius, my angel, my friend' (Tchaikovsky)
Muza 'The muse', Op 34 No 1 (Rachmaninov)
Na kholmakh Gruzii 'The hills of Georgia', Op 3 No 4 (Rimsky-Korsakov)
Nad morem spal sosnovy les 'We wander'd to the pine forest'  
Nayvshche shchastya! 'Supreme happiness', Op 37 No 2 (Lyatoshinsky)
Ne poy, krasavitsa, pri mne 'Do not sing to me, fair maiden', Op 4 No 4 (Rachmaninov)
Ne ver moy drug 'Do not believe me'  
Nespyashchikh solntse, grustnaya zvezda 'Sun of the sleepless', Op 41 No 1 (Rimsky-Korsakov)
Nezhdannyi dozhd' 'Unexpected rain', Op 28 No 1 (Medtner)
Nochi bezumnïye 'Frenzied nights'  
Nochnoy zefir 'Night Zephyr' (Dargomïzhsky)
O deva chudnaya moya 'Oh wonderful girl of mine'  
Oboymi, potseluy 'Embrace, kiss' (Balakirev)
Ona kak polden' khorosha 'She is as beautiful as noon', Op 14 No 9 (Rachmaninov)
Osen 'Autumn', Op 27 No 2 (Arensky)
Ostrovok 'The islet', Op 14 No 2 (Rachmaninov)
Ostrovok 'The islet', Op 17 No 1 (Taneyev)
Ozymandiya 'Ozymandias' 'Sonnet', Op 15 (Lyatoshinsky)
Pes'n Saula pered boyem 'Tsar Saul. Song of Saul before battle' (Musorgsky)
Pesnya Mefistofelya o blokhe 'Mephistopheles' song of the flea' (Musorgsky)
Pesnya Zyuleyki 'Zuleika's song', Op 26 No 4 (Rimsky-Korsakov)
Poputnaya pesnya 'Travel song'  
Pora! 'It is time', Op 14 No 12 (Rachmaninov)
Proshchaniye s Peterburgom 'A farewell to St Petersburg' (Glinka)
Pust' otsvuchit 'Music, when soft voices die', Op 17 No 3 (Taneyev)
Sem Romansov 'Seven Romances', Op 47 (Tchaikovsky)
Serenada Don-Zhuana 'Don Juan's serenade'  
Shest Romansov 'Six Romances', Op 38 (Tchaikovsky)
Shest Romansov 'Six Romances', Op 6 (Tchaikovsky)
Slyeza drozhit 'A tear trembles'  
Snovideniye 'A dream', Op 17 No 3 (Arensky)
Somneniye 'Doubt' (Glinka)
Sonnet 153  
Sonnet 27  
Sonnet 66, Op 62 No 5 (Shostakovich)
Sonnet 8  
Sred' shumnovo bala 'Amid the din of the ball'  
Sred shumnovo bala 'At the ball'  
Stansy 'Stanzas' (Glinka)
Sumerki 'Twilight', Op 24 No 4 (Medtner)
Three Romances (Mosolov)
To bïlo ranneyu vesnoy 'It was in early spring'  
Tsarskosel'skaya statuya 'The fountain statue at Tsarskoye Selo', Op 57 No 17 (Cui)
Uznik 'The Prisoner', Op 20 No 4 (Grechaninov)
V al'bome 'In an album', Op 49 No 4 (Arensky)
V mladenchestve moyom ona menya lyubila 'When I was a child she loved me'  
V poryve nezhnosti serdechnoy 'In moments to delight devoted', Op 26 No 1 (Rimsky-Korsakov)
Vesenneye uspokoyeniye 'Spring Solace', Op 28 No 5 (Medtner)
Vospominaniye 'Recollection'  
Vospominaniye 'Recollection' 'Suite', Op 71 (Arensky)
Ya lask tvoikh strashus' 'I fear thy kisses' (Arensky)
Ya perezhil svoi zhelan'ya 'I have outlived my aspirations', Op 3 No 2 (Medtner)
Ya videl smert' 'I have seen death', Op 27 No 6 (Arensky)
Ya zdes, Inezilya 'Here I am, Iñesilla' (Glinka)
Yevreyskaya melodiya 'Hebrew melody' (Balakirev)
Zabytiy 'Forgotten' (Musorgsky)
Zaklinaniye 'Invocation' 'The call', Op 29 No 7 (Medtner)
Zhelaniye 'Desire'  
Zhil byl korol' kogda-to 'Once upon a time a king'  
Zimni put' 'Winter journey', Op 32 No 4 (Taneyev)
Zorya 'Dawn', Op 37 No 1 (Lyatoshinsky)
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