Daniil Shtoda sings Russian songs -
reviewed by DAVID WILKINS
'... wonderfully expressive ...'
I have to admit to responding to this disc as one who was pretty overwhelmed by
the essaying of Russian songs in tenor register by Sergei Larin. There were doubts
expressed about his voice in high register -- as there will, probably, always be
about the tessitura of this repertoire: usually sung by female voices or male
practitioners of deeper Russian tone-colour. But he does the business. Not only
well, but superlatively.
It seems to me, however, that Shtoda does, also, have a really lovely sound and
this enterprising disc in EMI's 'debut' series does him, the invaluable treasures
of Russian art-song, and all of us interested in both the singers and the songs
a very great service.
Inevitably, there is a lot of soul-searching angst in this repertoire. You have
to get a long way into the selection of Tchaikovsky songs before any mention of
'happiness' is made: and, even then, it's 'happiness' recollected from sorrow.
Anyone inclined to wonder when these Russians will stop whinging had better direct
Copyright © 6 July 2003
David Wilkins, Eastbourne, UK