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Yevreyskaya melodiya 'Hebrew melody'

composer
1859
author of text
My soul is dark
translator of text

 
Byron's collection of poems, Hebrew Melodies, enjoyed enormous popularity in their day and inspired many artists, writers and composers throughout Europe. Mikhail Lermontov's translation of My soul is dark, is used by Mily Balakirev (1837-1910) in his 1859 setting known as Hebrew Melody. With its sinuous, oriental-style harmonies, it is a masterpiece by a man who was the leader of the group of nationalist composers known as 'The Mighty Handful'. The virtuoso accompaniment of the second version, as recorded here, imitating the sound of a harp, contrasts with the passionate vocal line.

from notes by Edward Morgan 2001

Recordings

English Poets, Russian Romances
CDA67274

Details

Track 11 on CDA67274 [1'53]

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