Russian Images, Vol. 1

The songs on this disc are drawn from Vassily Savenko's recital series entitled 'Russian Images'—a kaleidoscope of songs and romances by some of Russia's best-known composers. The simple tunes are strong and lyrical and range from serious, romantic ballads such as Tchaikovsky's I bless you, forests, set to poems by Tolstoy, to the unusual: 'Listen you blockhead! … if one of them bites us we'll squash it right away!', text from Mussorgky's satirical song Mephistopheles' Song of the flea.

CDA67105  60 minutes 47 seconds
‘Savenko is a suave and accomplished singer, his phrasing beautifully shaped. Beautiful and evocative songs’ (BBC Music Magazine)
‘Vassily Savenko is something rather special … superb recital exploring a wide repertoire … an ideal introduction to the wealth of Russian song’ (Classic CD)
‘A voice of great expressive eloquence and power, rich in sonority and depth. A debut recital of great quality’ (Classic FM Magazine)