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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' (CDA67274)
English Poets, Russian Romances
'Russian Images, Vol. 1' (CDA67105)
Russian Images, Vol. 1
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'Russian Images, Vol. 2' (CDA67205)
Russian Images, Vol. 2
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 5 with Alexander Blok (piano)
Osen 'Autumn', Op 27 No 2 with Alexander Blok (piano)
Snovideniye 'A dream', Op 17 No 3 with Alexander Blok (piano)
V al'bome 'In an album', Op 49 No 4 with Alexander Blok (piano)
Vospominaniye 'Recollection' 'Suite', Op 71 with 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 6 with 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 17 with 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 4 with Alexander Blok (piano)
BORIS LYATOSHINSKY  (1895-1968)
Minuvshiye dni 'Time long past', Op 14 No 4 with Alexander Blok (piano)
Nayvshche shchastya! 'Supreme happiness', Op 37 No 2 with Alexander Blok (piano)
Ozymandiya 'Ozymandias' 'Sonnet', Op 15 with Alexander Blok (piano)
Zorya 'Dawn', Op 37 No 1 with Alexander Blok (piano)
NIKOLAI MEDTNER  (1880-1951)
Nezhdannyi dozhd' 'Unexpected rain', Op 28 No 1 with Alexander Blok (piano)
Sumerki 'Twilight', Op 24 No 4 with Alexander Blok (piano)
Vesenneye uspokoyeniye 'Spring Solace', Op 28 No 5 with Alexander Blok (piano)
Ya perezhil svoi zhelan'ya 'I have outlived my aspirations', Op 3 No 2 with Alexander Blok (piano)
Zaklinaniye 'Invocation' 'The call', Op 29 No 7 with Alexander Blok (piano)
ALEXANDER MOSOLOV  (1900-1973)
Three Romances with 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 5 with Alexander Blok (piano)
Muza 'The muse', Op 34 No 1 with Alexander Blok (piano)
Ne poy, krasavitsa, pri mne 'Do not sing to me, fair maiden', Op 4 No 4 with Alexander Blok (piano)
Ona kak polden' khorosha 'She is as beautiful as noon', Op 14 No 9 with Alexander Blok (piano)
Ostrovok 'The islet', Op 14 No 2 with Alexander Blok (piano)
Pora! 'It is time', Op 14 No 12 with Alexander Blok (piano)
NIKOLAI RIMSKY-KORSAKOV  (1844-1908)
Na kholmakh Gruzii 'The hills of Georgia', Op 3 No 4 with Alexander Blok (piano)
Nespyashchikh solntse, grustnaya zvezda 'Sun of the sleepless', Op 41 No 1 with Alexander Blok (piano)
Pesnya Zyuleyki 'Zuleika's song', Op 26 No 4 with Alexander Blok (piano)
V poryve nezhnosti serdechnoy 'In moments to delight devoted', Op 26 No 1 with Alexander Blok (piano)
DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH  (1906-1975)
Korolevski pokhod 'The king's campaign', Op 62 No 6 with Alexander Blok (piano)
Sonnet 66, Op 62 No 5 with Alexander Blok (piano)
SERGEI TANEYEV  (1856-1915)
Blazhennykh snov ushla zvezda 'The star of blessed dreams', Op 17 No 4 with Alexander Blok (piano)
I drugnuli vragi 'And the foes stood trembling', Op 26 No 8 with Alexander Blok (piano)
Lesa dremuchiye 'Dense forests', Op 26 No 5 with Alexander Blok (piano)
Mechty v odinochestve vyanut 'My thoughts arise and fade', Op 17 No 2 with Alexander Blok (piano)
Ostrovok 'The islet', Op 17 No 1 with Alexander Blok (piano)
Pust' otsvuchit 'Music, when soft voices die', Op 17 No 3 with Alexander Blok (piano)
Zimni put' 'Winter journey', Op 32 No 4 with 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'  No 5 of Sem Romansov 'Seven Romances', Op 47 (Tchaikovsky)
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'  No 3 of Vospominaniye 'Recollection' 'Suite', Op 71 (Arensky)
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'  No 5 of Vospominaniye 'Recollection' 'Suite', Op 71 (Arensky)
I drugnuli vragi 'And the foes stood trembling', Op 26 No 8 (Taneyev)
Iz divnykh dney 'Now the last day of many years'  No 1 of Vospominaniye 'Recollection' 'Suite', Op 71 (Arensky)
K moryu 'To the sea'  No 3 of Three Romances (Mosolov)
Kabï znala ya 'If only I had known'  No 1 of Sem Romansov 'Seven Romances', Op 47 (Tchaikovsky)
Kak sladko s toboyu mne byt 'Ah the sweetness of being beside you' (Glinka)
Kak tikho vsyo! 'How calm it was!'  No 4 of Vospominaniye 'Recollection' 'Suite', Op 71 (Arensky)
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'  No 2 of Vospominaniye 'Recollection' 'Suite', Op 71 (Arensky)
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'  No 1 of Shest Romansov 'Six Romances', Op 6 (Tchaikovsky)
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'  No 6 of Dvenadtsat' Romansov 'Twelve Romances', Op 60 (Tchaikovsky)
Nochnoy zefir 'Night Zephyr' (Dargomïzhsky)
O deva chudnaya moya 'Oh wonderful girl of mine'  No 3 of A farewell to St Petersburg (Glinka)
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'  No 6 of Proshchaniye s Peterburgom 'A farewell to St Petersburg' (Glinka)
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'  No 1 of Shest Romansov 'Six Romances', Op 38 (Tchaikovsky)
Shest Romansov 'Six Romances', Op 38 (Tchaikovsky)
Shest Romansov 'Six Romances', Op 6 (Tchaikovsky)
Slyeza drozhit 'A tear trembles'  No 4 of Shest Romansov 'Six Romances', Op 6 (Tchaikovsky)
Snovideniye 'A dream', Op 17 No 3 (Arensky)
Somneniye 'Doubt' (Glinka)
Sonnet 153  No 5 of 10 Sonnets, Op 52 (Kabalevsky)
Sonnet 27  No 2 of 10 Sonnets, Op 52 (Kabalevsky)
Sonnet 66, Op 62 No 5 (Shostakovich)
Sonnet 8  No 7 of 10 Sonnets, Op 52 (Kabalevsky)
Sred' shumnovo bala 'Amid the din of the ball'  No 3 of Shest Romansov 'Six Romances', Op 38 (Tchaikovsky)
Sred shumnovo bala 'At the ball'  No 3 of Shest Romansov 'Six Romances', Op 38 (Tchaikovsky)
Stansy 'Stanzas' (Glinka)
Sumerki 'Twilight', Op 24 No 4 (Medtner)
Three Romances (Mosolov)
To bïlo ranneyu vesnoy 'It was in early spring'  No 2 of Shest Romansov 'Six Romances', Op 38 (Tchaikovsky)
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'  First line to Muza 'The muse', Op 34 No 1 (Rachmaninov)
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'  No 1 of Three Romances (Mosolov)
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'  No 2 of Three Romances (Mosolov)
Zhil byl korol' kogda-to 'Once upon a time a king'  First line to Pesnya Mefistofelya o blokhe 'Mephistopheles' song of the flea' (Musorgsky)
Zimni put' 'Winter journey', Op 32 No 4 (Taneyev)
Zorya 'Dawn', Op 37 No 1 (Lyatoshinsky)
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