Oksana Volkova, Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra & Constantine Orbelian – Poison d’amour (2021) [FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Oksana Volkova, Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra & Constantine Orbelian – Poison d’amour (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:04:04 minutes | 1,05 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Bookelt, Front Cover | © Delos

This richly rewarding album is Oksana Volkova’s first solo album on Delos, though she appeared alongside the late, great Dmitri Hvorostovsky in Delos’s release of Verdi’s complete Rigoletto. Here she delivers powerful, passionate and ravishing performances of (mostly) well-known French, Italian, Russian and Belarusian arias for mezzo-soprano.
The composers include Bizet, Thomas, Saint-Saëns, Gounod, Cilea, Massenet and Mascagni; Russian masters heard here are Rimsky-Korsakov, Mussorgsky and Tchaikovsky, alongside a rare treat: an arresting aria by Belarusian composer Dmitri Smolsky, whose music is almost completely unknown in the West. Glowing instrumental collaboration, as usual, comes courtesy of Maestro Constantine Orbelian, leading his trusty Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra.

1. Sapho, CG 1: Ô ma lyre immortelle (08:04)
2. Samson et Dalila, Op. 47, R. 288: Printemps qui commence (05:01)
3. Samson et Dalila, Op. 47, R. 288: Mon coeur s’ouvre à ta voix (06:19)
4. Hoary Legend: Ti pripomni jak lotaz kalisti u lugah mi zbirali (03:16)
5. Mignon: Connais-tu le pays (05:07)
6. Sadko: All Night I Have Waited for Him in Vain (05:10)
7. Werther: Va! Laisse couler mes larmes (02:35)
8. The Maid of Orleans, TH 6: Farewell, You Native Hills and Fields (07:00)
9. Carmen, WD 31: Seguidilla “Près des ramparts de Séville” (02:10)
10. Khovanshchina: Mysterious Forces (05:19)
11. Cavalleria rusticana: Voi lo sapete o mamma (04:12)
12. Le Cid: Pleurez! Pleurez mes yeux (05:32)
13. Adriana Lecouvreur: Acerba voluttà, dolce tortura (04:19)