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Yevreyskaya melodiya 'Hebrew melody'

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


English Poets, Russian Romances


Track 11 on CDA67274 [1'53]

Track-specific metadata for CDA67274 track 11

Recording date
1 September 2000
Recording venue
Studio 1, The State House of Broadcasting and Audio-Recording, Moscow, Russia
Recording producer
Alexander Volkov
Recording engineer
Alexander Volkov
Hyperion usage
  1. English Poets, Russian Romances (CDA67274)
    Disc 1 Track 11
    Release date: September 2001
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